Dr. Susan Kolb, who performed a life saving 5 and a half hour surgery for me, removing my leaky saline implants, is a world renowned board certified MD and plastic surgeon. She’s starred on Nat Geo and many other TV shows because of her work and the many books she’s written. Dr Kolb was suspended from Northside Hospital in Atlanta for carrying a gun for her safety.

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She has told me for years about her thoughts on assassination attempts on holistic doctors. I thought she might be a bit off until our own holistic MD friends started dying or being found dead frequently, which you can read about by clicking here.

According to the Georgia Court of Appeals, in what has become a long-running court battle, the hospital suspended her because she was carrying a gun. A gun she needed because she was the target of repeated assassination attempts. A gun the DeKalb County police recommended she carry after three assassination attempts against her.

And, when the appeals court upheld the lower court’s decision that Kolb had no case against the hospital, she lost her ability to recover damages. A notice of intent to appeal the case to the Supreme Court was filed July 3. 1

“In her appeal of the trial court’s summary judgment in Northside’s favor, Kolb contended the hospital had improperly focused on her religious and spiritual beliefs. When the committee took the action back in 2007, it had cited a ‘reasonable suspicion of impairment’ because of statements she reportedly had made.”2

(The committee told her if she wanted to get her privileges back she would need to either submit to a medical and psychiatric evaluation OR ask for a fair hearing.)

Kolb chose the hearing before a committee of hospital directors and when they upheld the suspension, she sued. In her appeal, she argued that it gave undue deference to the hospital’s decision. That deference, she said, should apply only when “a physician’s privileges are suspended based on professional competency”3 and the care of her patients was not at issue. She also said the hospital had improperly focused on her religion, broken its own bylaws, and suspended her without an investigation- but the appeals court panel unanimously rejected her arguments.

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Her profile on the Georgia Composite Medical Board’s website shows that she works at Plastikos Surgery Center, a holistic surgery center and that she hosts a radio program on holistic medicine. While she currently doesn’t hold staff privileges at any hospital she is “actively licensed, and the medical board has taken no public disciplinary action against her.”4

 

Sources and References

  1. AJC, July 12, 2017.
  2. AJC, July 12, 2017.
  3. AJC, July 12, 2017.
  4. AJC, July 12, 2017.