She's Accused of Dancing During Surgery. Now, Repercussions

Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte defends herself: 'I'm a surgeon, I'm supposed to be able to multitask'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2018 10:30 AM CDT
She's Accused of Dancing During Surgery. Now, Repurcussions
Diligent doctor, good; dancing doctor, not so much.   (Getty Images/BraunS)

She boasts on her site that she's "[discreetly]" a "doctor to the stars," but there was nothing discreet about what Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte allegedly did while operating on some of her patients. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Georgia Composite Medical Board has suspended the dermatologist's medical license after a "pattern of conduct" at her cosmetic surgery practice that has resulted in multiple lawsuits and high-dollar settlements. What's got former patient Latoyah Rideau especially riled, per the New York Times: the nearly two dozen YouTube videos Boutte is alleged to have posted showing her dancing and joking around while performing procedures on patients, all in what Rideau says was an attempt to become known as the "dancing doctor." Rideau says she was included without her consent in one of Boutte's videos. All are now offline.

In Rideau's video, shown to the Times, the doctor danced to a hip-hop song while doing buttocks surgery on Rideau, jiggling rolls of Rideau's skin and making incisions to the beat. Rideau says her buttocks were left lopsided from the surgery; she plans to sue. Boutte tells CNN sister network HLN that any videos she made were with patient consent and even participation. Lawsuits have been filed involving nine other Boutte patients, including one woman who was left brain damaged after getting liposuction. "I've done nothing wrong," Boutte says, though she adds if she'd known the "innocent, consented, educational, and celebratory videos" would be "[misconstrued]" and "[used] for negative agendas," she never would have made them. As for her behavior during medical procedures, she tells HLN: "I'm a surgeon, I'm supposed to be able to multitask." (More Georgia stories.)

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