A Georgia doctor who wanted to be known as the “dancing doctor” will no longer be a doctor in the State of Georgia. In a fantastic story by the New York Times, the dermatologist, whose name is Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte, would stop in the middle of her surgeries and perform a dance routine to popular hip-hop and rap songs. Then, the doctor would post them to her social media account, which was deleted after more than 100 patients came forward and several lawsuits were filed against the now-disgraced doctor.
Davis-Boutte advertised herself on her website as having “MASTERFUL SURGICAL EXPERTISE, having sought additional extensive training by some of the most famous surgeons in the world.” The patients who were harmed during her surgeries provide a different story. One patient, who was included in a video of the former dermatologist dancing to the song “Cut It” received a botched liposuction, breast augmentation, and Brazilian butt lift operation all on the same day. In the video, one of the 20 provided to the New York Times, the former doctor prods the midsection of the patient and then finger rolls her skin to the beat of the song. According to the newspaper, once the hook begins she starts “slicing the air with her scalpel… then making incisions, her scalpel moving rhythmically to the song.” The day after the surgery, the patient had a “collapsed lung and suffered from anemia because of her acute blood loss.”
The Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners barred her from continuing to practice last month, describing her as “posing a threat to the public health, safety, and welfare” and saying her practice did not conform to the minimum acceptable standards. Patients are wondering why the medical board took so long to act. Davis-Boutte has been fending off lawsuits for almost three years over her practice of dancing during surgeries. One patient suing the doctor thinks the recent publicity is the only reason, telling the newspaper that the state board acted only after significant “public pressure.”
While the former dermatologist has taken down all of her videos on social media, her publicist described her as a “known expert in the field” with “decades of experience and a countless number of clients.” When asked about her habit of performing choreography during invasive surgeries, Davis-Boutte said, “I’m a surgeon, I’m supposed to be able to multitask” and then added, “I’ve done nothing wrong.”
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