Many state laws keep doctor histories safe from public review. This is especially the case when considering peer review reports. However, the sketchy past of an OB/GYN doctor in Texas was revealed after a long (and ongoing) court battle.As you read the following except from TheEagle.com, keep in mind that this doctor still practices.
According to Ellison's ruling, 16 of Benson's patient charts were reviewed by ACOG in 2001, and 'all 16 were rated unsatisfactory.' Eleven charts were found to be unsatisfactory in both documentation and management, the ruling states, while three others were found to be unsatisfactory only in documentation and two were cited solely for unsatisfactory management.
'Specifically, the ACOG report cited surgery that was not indicated, poor judgment in laparoscopic procedures, not anticipating complications, poor clinical management demonstrating substandard care that does not reflect ACOG's guidelines, poor management potentially exposing the mother and infant to [physician-induced] injury and questionable surgery performed in a patient with a presumed absence of her gynecological organs,' according to a footnote in the judge's ruling.
'The ACOG report concluded that Dr. Benson's charts exhibited a trend of 'grossly inadequate documentation' and that there were consistent indications of inadequate care,' the judge wrote. 'The ACOG report also concluded that Dr. Benson appeared to be 'unwilling or unable to accept peer review as an educational process.''