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Massachusetts Suspends Obstetrician’s Medical License Following Several Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical regulators in Massachusetts suspended the medical license of Dr. Suzanne B. Rothchild, a Winchester Hospital obstetrician. The Board of Registration in Medicine called Rothchild “an immediate and serious threat to public health.”

Since the board’s decision, Winchester Hospital has suspended Rothchild’s medical privileges. The hospital has disciplined her for medical care that she provided on more than one occasion.

The board elected to suspend the 59-year-old obstetrician after examining nine cases alleging that she provided poor medical care. In 2007, her malpractice insurance company, ProMutual Group, refused to insure her new patients.

Since 1993, 12 medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed naming Rothchild as a defendant. Board of Registration records show that she has settled four medical malpractice lawsuits since 2005.

Rothchild settled a malpractice case in 2000 where she was accused of going to lunch at a critical point of her patient’s labor. The baby died soon after delivery of heart and respiratory failure. In another case, She settled a multimillion-dollar settlement with the family of a baby born with brain damage.

Rothschild’s lawyer calls the board’s suspension “unjustified.”

Obstetrician’s malpractice history stretches to Texas; Winchester Hospital slow on incident reporting, PatriotLedger.com, March 14, 2008
State suspends obstetrician’s license, Boston.com, March 13, 2008

Related Web Resources:

Obstetrics and Medical Malpractice, WrongDiagnosis, March 14, 2008
High cost of malpractice insurance threatens supply of ob/gyns, especially in some urban areas, Med.umich.edu, June 1, 2005
Winchester Hospital

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