Personal Injury

Patient accuses plastic surgeon of sexual exploitation

sexual harassment man and woman photo by army dot mil 316x210 Patient accuses plastic surgeon of sexual exploitationA Wisconsin woman is suing her plastic surgeon for sexual exploitation and medical negligence, and a University of Wisconsin-Madison practice for hiring the doctor knowing he had a history of sexual misconduct in other states.

Keri Anne Connaughty of Wausau, Wisconsin, is married mother of three who is an avid runner, triathlete and boxer.  She said she went to see Dr. John Siebert at UW Health Transformations because she was dissatisfied with her appearance. She wanted a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Siebert promised to “make her look beautiful again.”

According to Connaughty’s lawsuit, which was filed in Dane County Circuit Court, she selected 225-250 cm3 breast implants, but Siebert allegedly implanted her with larger, 350-375 cm3 implants.

After surgery, Connaughty went to see Siebert because she was experiencing pain, swelling and bleeding in her abdomen. He allegedly put his hands on her shoulders and told her he would do anything to make her feel better. When she cried during a procedure to drain fluid from her abdominal wound, Siebert allegedly wiped her tears and placed his hands on her bare legs and rubbed them. When she questioned him about the size of her breasts, he told her they just seemed larger because she was swollen from the surgery.

In February 2018, Siebert was named in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today investigation about doctors who relocate to resume practice after being hit with disciplinary actions. Siebert, who once worked in New York, had his license suspended for three years after it was discovered he had sex with a patient. He was also ordered to have a chaperone in the room any time he met with female patients.

But after relocating to Wisconsin, Siebert was allowed to practice and was even appointed by an endowed chair at UW that was funded by a wealthy patient of his. Once learning of the disciplinary actions New York placed on Siebert, UW ultimately decided not to put restrictions on his license and allowed him to continue to operate on women.

Source: Medpage Today