Amarillo doctor accused of having sex with patients still in good standing at hospital

Amarillo, TX - An Amarillo doctor accused of having sex with some of his patients is still in good standing at his hospital.  

Amarillo OBGYN Douglas Ray Shelton is facing several statutory violations from the Texas Medical Board but he won't face any disciplinary actions until the board makes its final orders.

A Texas Medical Board complaint issued back in May shows a timeline of misconduct by Amarillo Gynecologist Douglas Shelton.      

According to the complaint Baptist Saint Anthony's Hospital learned of Shelton's sexual relationship with a patient back in 2010. That investigation found Shelton had failed to evaluate a bladder injury on that same patient. As a result of the findings BSA ordered Shelton start on a "performance improvement plan" but later three more alleged sexual relationships with patients came to light, as well as an incident in which Shelton abandoned a patient mid-surgery to attend to another patient in labor.  

Shelton resigned from BSA in February of 2012. Now Shelton is affiliated with Northwest Texas hospital and Panhandle Surgical Hospital. Northwest says Shelton is still in good standing with the hospital, though they receive regular correspondence from the medical board.  

A spokesperson for the medical board says Shelton could end up with a suspended license or no discipline at all. A hearing on behalf of the complaint is scheduled for July.