Doctors Caught Bullying Patient Who Was Under Anesthesia (LISTEN)

operating roomEvery day, we put our trust in doctors we barely know. We trust that these strangers in white coats will carefully monitor our health. We trust that they know just what to do when we get sick. And perhaps most importantly, we trust that they truly want to help us. And when that is shown to NOT be the case? It's unsettling and disturbing in a way that we usually only feel after watching a (very) scary movie.


A Virginia man identified only as "D.B." was recently awarded $500,000 in a lawsuit against an anesthesiologist and medical staff, according to the New York Daily News. To say they bullied him is kind of an understatement.

It all started back in 2013, when D.B. underwent a colonoscopy. D.B. had turned on a voice recorder, so he could make sure to capture his doc's post-op instructions.

But he forgot to turn it off once he went under anesthesia, and when he played it back on his way home, the conversation it picked up was horrific.

First, the anesthesiologist, Tiffany Ingham Reston, MD, admitted that she wanted to punch the man in the face after speaking to him for five minutes and "man [him] up a little bit." She also joked that an assistant shouldn't touch a rash he had on his arm because they might get "some syphilis." She also joked that he had "penis Ebola."

Another assistant called D.B. a "retard." Then, when the staff wondered if the man was gay, Reston gave her opinion, which was that she knew gay men who had "more manliness" than D.B.

After that, they all went on to mock other patients for relying on information they read on the Internet.

Here's the audio in full if you can stomach it.

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D.B. accused Reston and her staff of medical malpractice, defamation, and punitive damages -- and a judge agreed. Reston apparently left that practice and moved to Florida, where hopefully she's in a profession that doesn't require too much patience, kindness, or, you know, ethics.

It's depressing to consider, but perhaps we should: Not everyone goes into the medical profession because they love people and want to help them. Some do it for the money, some for the prestige, others because everyone else in their family is a doctor and they don't want to hear their mom bitch about a liberal arts degree.

The good news is that we all have options about the doctors we see. We hope if D.B. gets the tiniest sense of being talked down to, dismissed, or derided the next time he goes to his MDs, he hightails it out of there.

None of us can choose the reasons we need to go to the doctor, but we CAN choose to find a doctor who genuinely respects us.

What is the worst experience you've ever had with a disrespectful doctor?

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