Dr. Andrew Rutland, of Anaheim won a temporary victory from the California Medical Board when an administrative law judge allowed him to keep practicing, however, he is not allowed to perform surgeries.
Judge James Ahler wrote in his opinion that Dr. Rutland does pose a “risk of danger” but felt the risk was specific to Dr. Rutland performing surgery and deliveries. Ahler stated that there have been no complaints or alleged misconduct unrelated to surgeries and deliveries.
Dr. Rutland surrendered his medical license in 2002 after a lengthy investigation where it was found that Rutland committed several ethical violations, botched surgeries and was responsible for the death of 2 babies.
Dr. Rutland applied and was granted a re-instatement by the California Medical Board only to have him face the possible second loss of a license for the current investigation that relates to the death of a woman who underwent an abortion. In the current medical board investigation, it is alleged that Rutland sedated the victim with anesthesia and that due to his lack of knowledge with the proper dosage, led to the woman’s death. In addition, he is accused of not having the proper medical malpractice insurance and performing surgery in a unlicensed facility.