YouTube is stuffed with videos like the one above, posted by Dr. Fick, aka Dr. Windell Boutte, a Georgia dermatologist who poses as a plastic surgeon and who has rafts of malpractice suits pending against her. Though she claims otherwise on her website, she is a board-certified dermatologist, but not certified as a plastic surgeon or general surgeon.
However, in the Peach Tree State, every licensed physician is allowed to perform operations, even if they are not a board-certified. They are not supposed to be dancing while they do, however. Well, this is implicit. Apparently it isn’t made clear enough, at least for this doctor. Boutte posts videos of herself dancing during surgery, like the one above. There are many more.
Thus she is a fick, the first medical variety I have encountered. A fick is someone who is openly, shamelessly, even gleefully unethical. The fact that this hyper-narcissist films herself doing choreography and mugging for the camera while the only thing on her mind should be her patient’s care demonstrates that she is wildly unethical, reckless, irresponsible and unprofessional, and this would be the case if her record for safety was squeaky clean. It isn’t. At least seven malpractice lawsuits against Boutte include claims that she used unqualified staff during procedures that left former patients disfigured. Two additional lawsuit settlements are listed on the state licensing website. And then there is the dancing around unconscious, exposed, patients while performing renditions of popular songs, such as “Bad and Boujee,” “Building up Fat in the Booty” and “Gut Don’t Live Here Anymore, while her staff act like the back-up singers.
(I can’t believe I’m writing this.)
“For a surgeon to be singing while she is cutting into a patient is very unprofessional and dangerous,” said Dr. Marisa Lawrence, a real board-certified plastic surgeon and the former chief of plastic surgery at Northside Hospital. “It’s an operating theater, not an acting theater. It really is inappropriate to behave in such a manner.”
Ya think? Did we really need an expert to explain that?
And, incredibly, Dr. Fick is still taking patients, still operating, and still dancing. The Georgia Medical Board has had complaints against Boutte for at least two years, and those videos are on the web for anyone to see. Just one should have been sufficient for her practice to be shut down. Such videos are res ipsa loquitur: their very existence proves that this doctor is a menace.
I don’t understand how a medical board can be so slovenly and careless about the lives of citizens. I don’t understand how any doctor could think that behaving like Boutte does is anything but dangerous and reckless. I don’t understand how it took this long for her idiotic showboating to be exposed. I don’t understand how anyone who saw those videos would entrust their surgery to such a fool. I don’t understand how any patient who suffered harm at Boutte’s hands would be shocked–shocked!—that a doctor who operated while doing hip-hop moves might prove untrustworthy.
I don’t understand any of it.