Talk about being tactless!
A month after poor Dr. Frank Ryan tragically died on the PCH, his patients began to receive emails from the office of Dr. Gary Motykie. Dr. Gary is another prominent plastic surgeon in the Los Angeles area and it seems several of Dr. Ryan's old staff join his team after he died.
Considering that he got Ryan's employees, Dr. Gary thought he would also go after Dr. Ryan's patients! He sent an email inviting patients to an open house at his office, explaining that Dr. Ryan's staffers had joined him and he love it if they did too.
Needless to say, some of the folks were PISSED! They fired back emails letting Dr. Gary have it, writing things like:
"I have NEVER met you, nor have I ever authorized you to use my contact information for YOU or anyone else other than Dr Ryan! This is a total breach of confidentiality"
"This soliciting for business is completely unethical"
"Dr Ryan would be FURIOUS! Shame on you for trying to steal Dr Ryan’s patients"
Shameful indeed, but as far as being a break of confidentiality, not so much. The Department of Health and Human Services confirms that sharing contact information is legal "as long as it's for treatment purposes or a doctor referral," which is what officials are considering this is as.
Still pretty tasteless if you ask us!
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