Gregory Cooke

Dr. Gregory Cooke got his medical license restricted. He cannot deliver babies anymore!

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Published: 28 July 2017

Posted by: Charles C. Mueller

A Disciplinary Panel of the Texas Medical Board on 26th June 2015 temporarily restricted the license of Angleton Dr. Gregory Cooke, with notice, after their determination of the continuation of his labor and delivery practice being a threat to the public welfare. He has been restricted to practice because of 3 fetal deaths.
He is licensed since the year 1996 as a gynecologist and an obstetrician. As per the Board’s order, his privileges at the UTMB-Angleton Campus have also been suspended. This order was taken on June 26 after the treatment of 6 patients was examined by the Board way back in 2010. One was cleared as okay but the rest 5 had very tragic outcomes including 3 fetal deaths.
Not only this, but a pattern has been discovered. Dr. Cooke was found in four cases to not responding promptly despite several texts and calls made by the nurses. One such instance was when a baby’s heart rate was quickly slowing down and he took two long hours to reach the hospital and perform an emergency C-Section surgery. Without a surprise, the baby had died and the woman’s uterus had ruptured.
In another case too, he got late getting to his office and the baby was stillborn. In another case yet, he showed up almost 90 minutes late after he’d instructed that the patient be prepped for a C-Section and in another, the nurse had to deliver the baby herself.
Eventually, the doctor was found to be engaged in an incessant pattern of mismanagement which resulted in tragic outcomes in the patients including fetal demise.
Brian Tew, a doctor, and lawyer who is often seen representing doctors in front of the Texas Medical Board said that it doesn’t necessarily mean that Dr. Gregory Cooke needs to quit his practice. All he has to stop doing is performing surgeries and delivering babies until further investigation by the Board.
Cooke’s attorney, Courtney Newton said that the board hadn’t suspended the medical license of Dr. Cooke although the suspension hearing had been held by the medical board. They instead chose to take a temporary action which was more appealing and they anticipated a quick result at an expedited hearing. Cooke was unavailable for comments to respond to a call.
UTMB Angleton Campus said in a statement that the safety of their patients is their main concern and that this action is being taken very seriously by them and is being closely reviewed by them.
This restriction on labor and delivery stands for Dr. Cooke till any further action is taken by the Board. As for an appeal hearing, it has not been scheduled as yet.

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