The state has suspended the medical license of a doctor whose credentials were questioned by an anti-abortion group.
Dr. Kevin G. Work’s license to practice medicine in Louisiana was suspended Tuesday “pending final resolution” of the claims presented at a revocation hearing, according to the Board of Examiners notice. The board would not specify the allegations.
Work could not be reached for comment when the complaint was filed last week nor on Wednesday.
Work practiced at Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge and Womens Health Care Center, which have the same owners, according to state records. Both clinics have two other physicians performing abortions. The two clinics terminated 5,146 pregnancies in 2017, up from 3,734 in 2015 when the state had five clinics.
The only other clinic now in Louisiana is Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport and it has three physicians, according to state records.
"We applaud the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners for their prompt action in investigating Dr. Kevin Work and taking emergency action to protect the safety of the public," said Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life. The anti-abortion group, based in Metairie, sent a letter to the Board of Examiners last week claiming that by practicing as an OB-GYN in the two clinics appears to have violated Work’s probation.
An anti-abortion group is questioning the credentials of a doctor that it claims is performing abortions in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The letter highlighted past disciplinary actions the board has taken against Work.
Work lost his license for practicing obstetrics and gynecology at the Canal Women’s Clinic and the Kenner Women’s Clinic in 2016 because he admitted that medical records indicated that he had personally examined patients when he had not, according to the Board of Examiners. In doing so, Work had failed to comply with the conditions of a 2014 consent order that claimed unlicensed staffers were allowed to administer medications to patients at a previous clinic where he had worked.
The license was reinstated in June 2017. Work was ordered to attend continuing medical education programs, pay more than $5,000 in fines and $300 in fees, according the medical examiners consent decree.
Will Sentell of The Advocate Capitol news bureau contributed to this report