Georgia plastic surgeon Windell Davis-Boutte, MD, who gained notoriety through videos that captured her dancing and singing along to music over surgical patients who were fully anesthetized, agreed to relinquish her medical license for at least two and half years, according to CNN.
Davis-Boutte turned in a signed consent order to the Georgia Composite Medical Board last week. She cannot refer to herself as “doctor” or practice medicine during the time period in question. She can petition to have her license reinstated at the completion of the agreed upon two and a half years.
“Windell Davis-Boutte respects the process and has voluntarily accepted the consent order for suspension,” the plastic surgeon’s publicist team said in a statement. “She is hopeful that the suspension will be lifted and she is able to practice Medicine at some point in the near future.”
Davis-Boutte’s videos came to broader attention after Atlanta news media shared investigative reporting about multiple legal actions filed against her, some of them citing the clips as evidence of carelessness in the OR.
Latoyah Archine told WSB-TV she was left disfigured after a procedure during which Davis-Boutte shot a video. In the video, Davis-Boutte makes an incision as a song called “Cut It” plays.
“To see that video, with my flesh being cut, without a straight line, and dancing while cutting me? That’s horrible,” Archine said. “I feel disrespected on a lot of levels.”
Davis-Boutte maintained shooting the videos didn’t compromise the quality of her care. She explained the videos were an attempt to instruct the public about the different procedures available through her plastic surgery practice.
“If I tried to educate through pointing at the computer and saying, ‘Here is your muscular anatomy. Here’s where the muscles separated. This is the amount of skin I may cut off for a tummy tuck,’ people didn’t quite listen,” Davis-Boutte told HLN. “When I added music to it to educate, all of a sudden people paid attention.”
Davis-Boutte further claimed that all the videos were fully planned out and shot with the prior consent of the patients, noting that the patient often chose the song. Several patients refuted that assertion, maintaining they never agreed to have images or video of their procedure shared on social media.
The Georgia Composite Medical Board announced an emergency suspension of Davis-Boutte last month. In delivering the consent order, Davis-Boutte ends the legal action she’d filed to fight the suspension.
All of the relevant videos have been deleted from the social media feeds of Davis-Boutte and her practice.
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