ALBANY – An Orchard Park neurosurgeon has been put on probation after not contesting charges that he examined three women in his office without a chaperone present and without offering them gowns to cover themselves.
Dr. Loubert S. Suddaby’s license is suspended for 36 months, although with the entire period stayed, according to a recent order by the state Health Department’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct.
During the three-year probation period, Suddaby has agreed that he will practice medicine while monitored by a licensed physician who is board-certified in an appropriate specialty, according to the order. The monitor can drop into his office unannounced on at least a monthly basis to examine at least 20 records of patients.
In addition to paying a $10,000 fine and making record-keeping changes, Suddaby also agreed to ensure that a chaperone, who must be a licensed health care worker, will be with him whenever he is treating or evaluating female patients.
“I ask the board to adopt this consent agreement of my own free will and not under duress, compulsion or restraint,” the doctor wrote in the agreement with the state.
Suddaby and his attorney declined to comment to The Buffalo News.
There were no allegations in the case that the doctor engaged in any inappropriate touching or similar behavior.
A state Health Department exhibit in the case said the first episode involved Suddaby’s treatment of a 25-year-old female patient with scoliosis and back pain.
On two occasions in 2006, he performed a lumbar exam without a chaperone present and without offering the woman a gown.
He also failed to maintain records “accurately” reflecting the treatment and evaluation of the patient.
He was charged with the same actions on three occasions in 2009 and 2010 during a lumbar exam on a 33-year-old female patient.
The third case, with similar actions, involved a 49-year-old woman who was under his care for carpal tunnel syndrome and neck pain.
Suddaby, according to records maintained by the state Department of Education, was licensed to practice medicine in New York in 1993.
He graduated in 1982 from the University of Alberta Medical School in Edmonton, records show. He has several patents to his name in the field of neuroscience.
During the 36-month probation period, the state Health Department can perform reviews of Suddaby’s patient and office records and conduct interviews with him and staff members at his Orchard Park practice.