In June, dermatologist and plastic surgeon, Dr. Davis-Bouette became known as “The Dancing Doctor” after filming herself dancing during a number of medical and cosmetic procedures and posting the videos on YouTube. One of the videos features Davis-Bouette dancing during a sensitive operation to the rhythm of a rap song entitled “Cut It.”
Another video shows Davis-Bouette with her surgical tools in hand, dancing and singing without the proper protective equipment, such as a surgical mask and gloves, while leaning over the naked body of an unconscious patient. In yet another video, the doctor’s assistants can be seen posed in a row in the background like backup dancers.
Arguably the most disturbing of the videos shows the doctor dancing while holding a large piece of her patient’s removed flesh while that same patient remained under the effects of anesthesia.
The videos have since been deleted.
Now, one of Davis-Bouette’s patients has filed suit against the doctor for malpractice. Latoyah Archine saw the videos on the Atlanta Georgia local news channel after the “Dancing Doctor” had been discovered. She was shocked to see herself on the operating table as Davis-Bouette rapped and danced over her motionless body while cutting into her to the song “Cut It.”
“To see that video, with my flesh being cut without a straight line- and dancing while cutting me- that’s horrible,” Latoyah Archine told local news presenters.
Other plaintiffs have come forward to claim medical negligence as well. They say the doctor behaved recklessly during the execution of her duties. They claim the doctor’s actions caused disfigurement, infections, and brain damage.
Susan Witt, a medical malpractice attorney has sued Dr. Davis-Bouette on four separate occasions. She says that more than 100 people have come to her office, making similar claims about Davis-Bouette’s performance.
Now, the Georgia Medical Board is preempting further malpractice claims against Davis-Bouette. According to the Law Office of Matthew L. Sharp, Medical Malpractice is governed by state laws and you must file your case in the court where the defendant lives, works or does business. Georgia law provides that every surgeon has a legal responsibility to provide each patient with “skilled and competent care.”
While unusual, doctors have been known to sometimes behave in ways that are irresponsible or inappropriate during a surgical procedure. When such behavior comes to light, patients may sue the medical facilities and their physicians for any damage that may have resulted.