'Dancing doc' fails to cut it with patients

Dr Windell Davis-Boutte, who can be seen dancing on a video posted on social media, has been suspended by the Georgia medical board.
Dr Windell Davis-Boutte, who can be seen dancing on a video posted on social media, has been suspended by the Georgia medical board.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

NEW YORK • A dermatologist who can be seen on video dancing to the hip-hop song "Cut It" while performing a surgical procedure has been suspended by the Georgia medical board, which said her continued practice "poses a threat to the public health".

The dermatologist, Dr Windell Davis-Boutte, is the medical director and chief executive of Boutte Contour Surgery & Skin in Lilburn, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb.

Her website advertises a variety of cosmetic procedures. It says she has "masterful surgical expertise, having sought additional extensive training by some of the most famous surgeons in the world".

But Ms Latoyah Rideau, the patient who appears in the video - parts of which were posted on social media before being taken down - said she simply wanted to be known as the "dancing doctor". Ms Rideau, who is planning to sue the dermatologist, said that instead of dancing, Dr Davis-Boutte should have been paying more attention to her work.

"I just wanted my butt a little rounder and smaller," she said. What she received instead were lopsided buttocks and continual itching on her left side, she added.

Ms Rideau will join at least nine other patients who have sued Dr Davis-Boutte claiming her negligence left them disfigured.

The Georgia Composite Medical Board on Thursday said it had "received reliable information" that a patient had been taken by ambulance to a hospital on May 31, following treatment. It said her treatment "failed to conform to the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing medical practice". The order described a "pattern of conduct", citing unsatisfactory treatment for six other patients.

A publicist for Dr Davis-Boutte said she was "not able to comment" due to the suspension.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline ''Dancing doc' fails to cut it with patients'. Print Edition | Subscribe