Report: ICE Hysterectomy Doctor Was Not A Board-Certified OB-GYN
The doctor accused of performing unwanted hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures on women at an immigrant detention facility in Georgia reportedly is not a board-certified OB-GYN, according to The Daily Beast.
- Immigrant rights groups filed a complaint accusing Dr. Mahendra Amin of performing unnecessary or unwanted procedures on women in ICE custody at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia.
- A spokesperson for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology said Friday its records indicated that the organization has not certified Amin.
A spokesperson for the American Board of Medical Specialties, the leading organization for physician board certification in the U.S., said Amin was not certified by any of the 24 ABMS member boards.
- Amin reportedly has practiced in Georgia for at least the past two decades “both in his own private practice and as the medical director for the labor and delivery department at Irwin County Hospital,” The Daily Beast reported.
Business records reviewed by The Daily Beast show he also incorporated a new “Amin Surgery Center for Women” in September 2019, and sought state approvals to build the facility two months afterward. Gayle Evans, a consultant for the project, said the surgical center is still under construction and has not started seeing patients.
Amin completed medical school in India and a residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. He appears to maintain an active license with the Georgia Composite Medical Board. A spokesperson for the organization said he could not answer questions on any ongoing complaints or investigations.
- The Daily Beast reported that Amin has previously settled lawsuits with two patients or their family members outside the Georgia detention center.
- Amin was accused of discharging a pregnant woman “life threatening abnormal lab values” in one case. After returning to the hospital 48 hours later with worsening symptoms, an emergency cesarean section was performed and she died a short time later.
In another case, the doctor settled with a mother who claimed that Amin and nurses at the Irwin County Hospital did not respond quickly enough when her baby’s heart rate plummeted during delivery, causing him to die of lack of oxygen. An attorney for the mother said it is common for an OB-GYN to face such suits, and that Amin’s conduct on this instance was “not anything that would go to any egregious behavior.”
- Nurse Dawn Wooten came forward last week with allegations that a doctor, since identified as Amin, was sterilizing women from the detention center at an unusually high rate. She called him “the uterus collector.”
- In the time since Wooten’s claims, “lawyers representing 17 detainees have claimed their clients received unnecessary medical gynecological procedures from Amin, according to the office of Rep. Pramila Jayapal," The Daily Beast reported.
- Azadeh Shahshahani, an attorney with one of the immigrant rights groups that filed the complaint, said it was “outrageous” that ICE would send detainees to a doctor who had not passed the quality control of board certification.
“It shows the lack of care that ICE feels for detained immigrants, for their wellbeing and healthcare,” said Shahshahani, the legal and advocacy director for Project South. “It’s really disturbing."