Amid allegations of patients who were paralyzed, died or underwent unnecessary medical treatment, a Tulsa orthopedic surgeon left a state medical board hearing on Thursday with his medical license intact.
Dr. Steven Anagnost told The Oklahoman after Thursday's meeting that he was allowed to keep his license because the allegations against him are not true.
“There's no basis to these claims,” he said, alleging that surgery competitors were trying to turn the board against him for their own financial gain.
Anagnost, who practiced minimally invasive spine surgery in Tulsa, has been locked in a three-year battle with the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision over allegations that he was not a competent doctor.
After about 45 minutes in executive session, board members voted 4-3 Thursday to reach an agreement with Anagnost. Through the agreement, known as a voluntary submittal to jurisdiction, Anagnost was allowed to keep his medical license by agreeing to complete a spine fellowship at an accredited facility before reopening his surgical practice. He also agreed to pay a $10,000 fine.
The medical board released an email statement from Executive Director Lyle Kelsey.
“Allegations like these are very serious and will always be vetted and investigated fully. We are committed to our mission to serve, inform and empower Oklahomans through information and promotion of high standards in medical care,” Kelsey said. “While the outcome of this particular case is not ideal, considering all factors, the Board believes their mission to protect and serve the public was fully upheld with the settlement reached, which includes a monetary fine and costs, and requires Dr. Anagnost to successfully complete a nationally recognized spine fellowship program.”
The medical board holds meetings for disciplinary hearings with doctors about seven times a year.
In July, Anagnost sued the medical board, calling the board's conduct against him “extraordinary and egregious.” In a 44-page petition, Anagnost and his attorneys outline their actions over the past three years.
The medical board “has repeatedly violated Dr. Anagnost's due process, equal protection and other legal and equitable rights,” the document reads.
Anagnost said that after he filed his case against the board, the state attorney general got involved with the case.
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All these accusations had a lot of financial incentives behind them that were not truthful.”
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