Georgia physician's medical license suspended after threatening to slit employees' throats

A Georgia physician, who saw her medical license suspended after allegedly threatening to "slit [her employees'] throats," turned herself in to police April 26, according to The Moultrie Observer.

Antoinette Patterson, MD, a family medicine practitioner in Valdosta, Ga., was charged with three counts of terroristic threats and one count of false imprisonment, police said. She was released on bond.

The Georgia Composite Medical Board suspended Dr. Patterson's license March 5, citing an incident during which she allegedly threatened to physically harm employees in her office.

The board cites an incident Feb. 21, during which Dr. Patterson repeatedly threatened employees, stating she would "slit their throats." She also reportedly told a female employee she was going to "cut her head off and roll it down the hallway" and "call the employee's children so that [they] could see it."

The board notes that during the incident, Dr. Patterson reportedly also threw a variety of objects at the employees, including a reflex hammer — which damaged a wall in the practice — prescription bottles and a water bottle, among other items.

The board said Dr. Patterson's "continued practice of medicine poses a threat to the public health, safety and welfare and imperatively requires emergency action" by the organization in the form of a medical license suspension.

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