A 32-year-old Delaware gynecologist has made a total mess of her life and is facing a possible 20-year federal prison sentence after being indicted on December 12, 2013 by a federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware, for the alleged illegal distribution of a controlled substance. On December 13, 2013, a federal judge ordered that the Delaware doctor be detained until her trial.
It has been reported that the doctor admitted to using cocaine on a weekly basis, smoking marijuana on a daily basis, and using two bags of heroin on a daily basis for the last six months. The doctor and her life partner (also a gynecologist) were arrested near their home in Newark, Delaware during November 2013, as a result of a federal undercover investigation in Florida that tracked shipments of illegal drugs from Delaware that had been purchased through the underground website Silk Road.
In considering whether to issue the detention order, the federal judge considered the potential 20-year prison term and the doctor’s reported confession as to her criminal conduct, and the judge further considered that the doctor had attempted suicide when she was 13, she was hospitalized for depression at age 16, she was in foster care from age 16 to 18 due to alleged abuse while she had been living with her parents, and that she currently takes prescribed medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The federal judge found that “The drug habit of the defendant coupled with her access to drugs as a physician renders her a danger to the community. She cannot demonstrate good judgment or self control given her drug motivated lifestyle.”
The Delaware doctor’s life partner was charged in federal court with conspiracy for allegedly helping to package drugs for shipment. She was released after posting a $50,000 bond, but she reportedly has been suspended from her position as an instructor at The Johns Hopkins University medical school located in Baltimore, Maryland, and her privileges to write prescriptions in Delaware have been suspended.
Source: The Daily Record, December 13, 2013.
What’s Next For These Delaware Doctors?
As of December 18, 2013, the status of the Delaware gynecologist’s medical license was listed as “active,” she had no disciplinary information listed, and she had no reported limitations/restrictions on her ability to practice medicine in Delaware.
As of December 18, 2013, the Delaware gynecologist’s life partner, who is also a gynecologist and holds medical licenses in both Delaware and Maryland, has an “active” medical license in Maryland, with no pending disciplinary charges or criminal convictions involving moral turpitude.
With regard to her Delaware medical license, the status of the life partner’s medical license was listed as “active,” she had no disciplinary information listed, and she had no reported limitations/restrictions on her ability to practice medicine in Delaware, as of December 18, 2013.
If you or a family member have been injured (or worse) as a result of medical malpractice in Delaware, you should promptly consult with a Delaware medical malpractice attorney who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a Delaware medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
Click here to visit our website or call us toll free at 800-295-3959 to be connected with medical malpractice lawyers in Delaware who may assist you with your malpractice claim.
Turn to us when you don’t know where to turn.