Dr. Ingham and her practice were forced to pay $500,000 after mocking a Virginia man during a colonoscopy. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, caught Ingham after he used his phone to record the operation. Ingham was recorded as saying she “wanted to punch [the man] in the face and man [him] up a little bit,” as well as warning a medical assistant not to touch a rash, claiming the assistant could get “some syphilis on [her] arm or something.”
After listening to the recording, the Jury awarded the patient $100,000 for defamation ($50,000 each for two comments) as well as $200,000 for medical malpractice. An additional $200,000 was awarded in punitive damages. Ingham no longer works for Aisthesis Anesthesia in Bethesda, Maryland.
Oregon Live—AP 06/24/15