doctor's license suspended pending hearing
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New Orleans Bureau
NEW ORLEANS - The
state board that licenses doctors and investigates complaints about their
conduct has suspended the license of a 48-year-old Metairie
obstetrician/gynecologist who was a former unpaid faculty member at LSU Medical
General Hospital revoked Dr. Annelle Clayton Blanchard's right to practice at
the Metairie hospital in 1994 after an investigative panel of the American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that she had ordered
questionable or unnecessary treatments for 16 of 20 patients whose records the
panel reviewed. East Jefferson had asked for the review.
Blanchard, an LSU
Medical Center graduate, has sued East Jefferson and has denied wrongdoing in
court documents. She could not be reached for comment Monday. Her Metairie
office telephone number is no longer in service, and her home number is
In a one-sentence
news release, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners said it suspended
Blanchard's license Wednesday. The release, which does not say why the board
acted against Blanchard, says the suspension will remain in effect "pending
formal adjudicatory proceedings." The board did not specify a hearing date.
George Papale and Rosalyn Koretsky of New Orleans said those "adjudicatory
proceedings" will not be open to the public, but they said a final decision
would be. The lawyers said they could not elaborate on the news release.
constrained as to what we can say right now," Papale said.
The late Dr. Thomas
Elkins, former head of obstetrics and gynecology at LSU Medical Center, had
criticized Blanchard for funneling patients to a home health company in which
she had a partial interest. Elkins accused Blanchard in court documents of
devising a scheme to convince women that they were in premature labor and then
making money from their treatment.
family is very pleased that the Board of Medical Examiners has acted to protect
patients from Dr. Blanchard," New Orleans lawyer Rick Kelly, who
represented Elkins and now represents his estate, said Monday. "Dr. Elkins
was very unequivocal in his determination that what Dr. Blanchard was doing was
unethical and improper."
Blanchard hasn't practiced medicine since
early 1996, when she lost her privileges at Kenner Regional Medical Center,
where she practiced after losing her privileges at East Jefferson. Blanchard has
said in a deposition that she was suspended from the Kenner hospital for health
East Jefferson revoked Blanchard's
privileges even though the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
review panel recommended that other doctors monitor her practice for one year.
East Jefferson attorney Stewart Niles has
said previously that the hospital decided to take immediate action against
Blanchard "in the best interest of patient care, to reduce the substantial
likelihood of immediate injury or damage to the mental and physical health or
safety and well-being of any patient."
Elkins, who left LSU Medical Center for
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, died of a heart attack Aug. 12 in
Baltimore, Kelly said. Elkins was a full professor and director of gynecology at
Johns Hopkins, he said. Elkins claimed he was forced to leave LSU for blowing