A Montana couple have filed a multi-million-dollar Montana medical malpractice lawsuit against a former gastroenterologist whose Montana medical malpractice license was suspended in April 2019, with his consent, after the Montana Board of Medical Examiners found that he intentionally overdosed on July 31, 2017 in an attempt to take his own life due to “extreme financial stress” from a divorce, career stress, and his failure to take his bipolar medication due to its cost. The defendant was prohibited from using the drug that he had taken to try to end his life, pursuant to a contract he had signed with the Montana Professional Assistance Program.
The defendant was committed as an inpatient for treatment following his attempt to commit suicide, followed by outpatient treatment. He was discharged from the Montana Professional Assistance Program in July 2018 after it was determined that he exhibited a “persistent pattern of habitual noncompliance with multiple monitoring agreements” and he “continues to be unable to develop health boundary behaviors” that put him “at an elevated risk for relapse and his prognosis is poor without proper treatment.”
The allegations of medical malpractice against the troubled defendant involve the surgery that the defendant performed on the wife in 2014, after which the wife required three additional surgeries to address the harm allegedly caused by the defendant. The wife was an inpatient in the hospital for 56 days; she received two months of treatment in an advanced care hospital; and, she required three months of rehabilitation in a nursing home.
The Montana medical malpractice defendant was reportedly booked into a local jail on August 1, 2019, on one count of assault with a weapon. He was reportedly convicted in Idaho in September 2018 of driving under the influence, for which he received twelve months of supervised probation. He reportedly is currently involved with a lawsuit filed by a male nurse who accused him of sexual misconduct (on January 2, 2018, the defendant had signed an addendum to the June 21, 2016 continuing care agreement he had with the Montana Professional Assistance Program after it was found that he “continued to have personal and continuing contact with a nurse whom he was not to have contact with as a condition of the agreement”).
The Montana medical malpractice plaintiffs seek approximately $867,000 in medical expenses and out-of-pocket expenses as well as $3 million in noneconomic damages, which would be subject to Montana’s cap on noneconomic damages in the amount of $250,000.
The defendant states on his Facebook page that he is a “Humble servant of Jesus” and “Love the Lord ! My purpose is to be a humble servant.” His Facebook page states that his favorite quotes are “yes it is my job to blow sunshine up your ass” and “License plate “got Lube”.”
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