ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A Hobbs obstetrician and gynecologist whose medical license was suspended after he was accused of having sex with patients and leaving some giving birth unattended has told medical regulators that he has joined a new practice.
The Albuquerque Journal reports at Dr. Chris Driskill has informed state Medical Board that he had fulfilled the board requirements to reactivate his license.
His license was suspended in November based on allegations that he kept patients waiting, had affairs with patients and staff and drank on the job.
Driskill’s actions on and off the job will be under scrutiny, at least for the indefinite future.
Under a board order, Driskill must have no further contact with any of the women with whom he’d had affairs. He must also have a chaperone when he meets with patients.
Driskill’s attorney told the medical board at a hearing in February that the allegations against his client were inflammatory and not factually supported.
But in settling the case without a public hearing, Driskill acknowledged that sufficient evidence existed for the board to find he violated the state Medical Practice Act.
Neither he nor his attorney responded to Journal requests for comment. Efforts by The Associated Press to contact Driskill on Sunday weren’t successful.
“The events of the last several months have had a profound impact on both my family and myself,” Driskill said a statement to the Hobbs newspaper. “Words truly cannot describe the immense gratitude we have for the countless friends, family and caring individuals that have expressed their love and support throughout this difficult time.”