Amarillo doctor's medical license in jeopardy

Amarillo doctor's medical license in jeopardy
Amarillo, TX - An Amarillo doctor's medical license is in jeopardy as the Texas Medical Board alleges negligence and repeated sexual relations with patients.  

Doctor Douglas Shelton is accused of failing to meet the standard of care during two surgeries that led to complications.

It was a hysterectomy that went horribly wrong. During the surgery in 2010, a nurse told Dr. Shelton and the medical team that the patient's foley bag had filled with air, leading to a bladder injury.

According to hearing documents, Shelton did not repair the injury. Medical standards require a physician to immediately find and repair the bladder injury.

As her condition worsened, the patient underwent three more surgeries. It wasn't until the last procedure that the bladder injury was discovered and fixed by another doctor.

Documents from the Texas Medical Board say another incident happened in 2011, where Shelton scheduled to perform a hysterectomy at the Panhandle Surgical Hospital. On the same day, another patient of his went into labor at BSA.

The hysterectomy took longer than normal because of a bladder laceration, leading to another procedure. At the same time the woman at BSA was ready to deliver.

Hearing documents say, Shelton left the hysterectomy patient under anesthesia for 30 minutes, while he went to BSA to deliver the baby. Following the hysterectomy, patient had severe medical complications.

The medical board also alleged Shelton had sex with multiple patients.

These allegations have left some of his current patients with unanswered questions.

"I called his office to see if his license was being revoked and I kind of got an indirect answer from the office, they said that they didn't know anything," said Megan Matteson, a current patient of Dr. Shelton.

Matteson says if she knew about his malpractice, She would have found a different doctor to deliver her baby. She also says finding another doctor can be difficult, especially for one's expecting to deliver soon.

"Finding a different doctor in a short amount of time is very hard. It's very hard to establish a relationship with a new doctor in that amount of time," said Matteson.

Dr. Shelton is allowed to continue his practice for 20 days. After that, the board can officially revoke his license if he does not appeal.