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Mississippi suspends OB-GYN physician amid accusations

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi has suspended the medical license of an OB-GYN physician amid several complaints about him, including that he had an affair with one of his married employees starting in 2015 and tried to insert abortion-inducing drugs into her while she was pregnant with his child. The baby was born in 2016.

The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure on Wednesday ordered what it called the “temporary suspension” of Dr. Walter Ray Wolfe’s license, saying that allowing him to keep practicing medicine is an “immediate danger to the public.”

Wolfe is asking a judge to block the suspension, according to court documents posted online by the Clarion Ledger . His attorney, C. Maison Heidelberg, said in court papers Thursday that Wolfe has practiced medicine for more than 30 years without any reprimands, and that many of the allegations against him are “preposterous.”

Wolfe lives and practices medicine in Madison County, just north of Jackson.

The licensing board says it interviewed a patient who said Wolfe made inappropriate comments after doing a vaginal exam on her. The board also says Wolfe failed to maintain patient records of controlled substances he prescribed.

In addition, the board says a student who was studying to become a physician assistant worked in Wolfe’s office in 2018 and saw him kiss a pregnant patient just before doing an ultrasound on her. Wolfe’s court filing says he was engaged to the woman he kissed and is now married to her. He says he is the father of the baby she was carrying.

“To allege this act in these circumstances is a physical or sexual assault is frivolous and reckless and in outright bad faith,” Heidelberg wrote in the filing in Hinds County Chancery Court.

The medical licensing board scheduled a July 24 hearing for Wolfe. At that time, board members will consider putting his license on probation, extending the temporary suspension of the license or revoking the license. They also have the option of letting him resume practicing.


Information from: The Clarion Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press