NICHOLS HILLS — A Nichols Hills surgeon accused of stabbing to death his 9-year-old son told the Oklahoma Medical Board he had been hospitalized at least twice for depression.
When applying for his medical license in 1991, Stephen P. Wolf, a 1988 graduate of the University of Oklahoma's medical school, submitted a sworn affidavit to the board as an explanation for his psychiatric issues during a period in the mid-1980s where he was hospitalized and treated for depression.
"Yes, I have in the past been treated for depression," Wolf wrote in the affidavit to the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. "During the spring semester of my first year of medical school at the University of Oklahoma, I was hospitalized for major depression at St. Anthony's Hospital under the care of Dr. J.R. Smith."
Nichols Hills officers, responding to a 911-call before dawn Monday, found Tommy Wolf fatally wounded and the child's mother suffering from defensive stab injuries from trying to protect her child, police said.
The 51-year-old doctor of internal medicine was found with a knife, which police said he surrendered at gunpoint.
In the June 1991 affidavit, Wolf said he began to treat his bout of "major depression" with psychotherapy, where he began to address "unresolved conflicts" from his early childhood and adolescence, including grieving for his father who died in an airplane crash when Wolf was 2 years old as well as the "pain and loss of failed relationships in high school."
In July of the same year, Wolf's psychotherapist submitted a letter to the board which indicated the Wolf had completed his therapy.
"I certainly see no reason to be concerned about him at all from a psychological point of view and do not feel that he needs any continued therapy," Smith stated in the letter.
Five years later, when Wolf was applying to renew his medical license, he admitted he had again been hospitalized within the past year — this time for acute depression.
"I suffered this as a result of all of the stress in my busy practice of internal medicine and all the demands in making the final arrangements for my marriage," Wolf wrote in a letter to the board. "I returned to work after my hospitalization on adjusted dosages of antidepressants."
Wolf goes on to say that aside from co-workers covering his practice, the hospitalization and depression did not have an adverse impact on his ability to practice internal medicine.
Recently, Wolf was a defendant in a medical negligence lawsuit stemming from a death in 2006. A civil trial was originally scheduled for Monday, but the case was settled the week prior.