In Waukesha Wisconsin the medical licensing board has reluctantly launched an investigation into the repeated treacherous behavior of a Milwaukee surgeon, who is now facing her 3rd drunk-driving conviction. We say “reluctantly” because they put off proper disciplining this degreed, societal train-wreck for more than a decade.
Because when you are a state medical board, your priority is protecting criminal physicians – not a vulnerable citizenry.
Doctor Melissa Yvonne Macias, who works at the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute, was pulled over and handcuffed for the 3rd time in April. She went through the same self-centered, who-gives-a-damn-about-anybody-else routine 30 days earlier in Brookfield, Wisconsin, too. She clearly didn’t take drunk-driving all that seriously – after all, she’d been arrested for swerving while swacked 10 years before.
According to police, this daffy doc’s blood-alcohol level on the night of her most recent arrest, was .20 – well over twice the limit considered dangerous.
The state authority which issues licenses – the Department of Safety and Professional Services – told investigators they were “unaware” a doctor had been taken to jail, until they were contacted by WISN NEWS. A spokeswoman stated they “take the welfare of Wisconsin citizens very seriously”. They opened an investigation into the doctor’s professional conduct on May 26.
Well, to our mind, they couldn’t have taken citizen welfare too seriously. They waited a month to even convene a meeting on the subject.
A state spokeswoman said the board routinely checks on such things as licensees paying taxes and child support. They don’t check to see if doctors are being been arrested for crimes.
Note to Wisconsin medical licensing board: How about you hold off punishing this lab coat lush until she pulls something like this:
(This medical mental midget got PROBATION for nearly killing another motorist)
Under Wisconsin law, Macias’ first two DUI’s are not considered criminal offenses because they happened more than a decade apart – in 1991 and again 2014. A third conviction would make the charge a criminal one and require Macias to “self report” to state officials.
“Self report.” Right. Doctors reporting their crimes to state medical boards? That works about as well as 6th graders fessing up to window-breaking to their parents. It’s science fiction.
Macias is free on bail and is still treating patients because, well, physicians who can’t control their drinking couldn’t possibly injure a patient with a scalpel, could they?
She could get 12 months in jail when she is sentenced this September.
She could. But we’ll bet our paycheck against yours that she won’t get any jail time at all.
If drunk doctors irritate you as much as they do us, you can file a citizen complaint against a professional licensee on the Department Of Safety & Professional Services website.
We already did.