The Death of Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon, William Leighton, Shrouded In Local Media Mystery
December 23, 2015
— Justin Pazera (@justinpazera) December 24, 2015
ABC 15 Phoenix reporter Justin Pazera getting answers for deceased Dr. William (Bill) Leighton’s injured patients. Governor Doug Ducey said he’d open an audit into the Arizona Medical Board citing a greater need for accountability towards patients. It’s a start, but Attorney General Mark Brnovich should intervene on the victim’s behalf and criminally charge members of the board.
And it looks like ABC 15 doing their job finally #ForcedAccountability on the executives at TEGNA NBC 12 News, who realized they should do theirs:
— Wendy Halloran (@WendyHalloran12) December 24, 2015
Wendy Halloran’s full story: HERE
We asked Executive Director of the Arizona Medical Board Patricia McSorley what will happen now that there are pending complaints even though Leighton has passed away. In an email Wednesday, McSorley says at the time of Leighton’s death, the board was still investigating 10 complaints. However, McSorley has not yet answered what will become of those remaining complaints.
Here is McSorley’s statement:
“In response to your questions regarding Dr. Leighton, there have been 13 dismissals of cases against Dr. Leighton for the period 1997 to 2015 and at the time of his death, there were 10 cases pending against Dr. Leighton.”
On the previous Leighton post in the comments it was suggested he was committed to two urgent psychiatric holds and it appear McSorley gave reporter Wendy Halloran two statutes that allow the AZ Medical Board to continue to protect doctors at the expense of patients. It’s time for some FOIA’s to hit the Board. There should be no expectation of privacy now as he’s deceased and there are is still active ongoing investigations. We can’t fix the problems in a broken system if we aren’t provided with all the facts and when doctors are protecting doctors, even in their death, it’s clear the AZ Medical Board is hoping this just goes away. If /when the AZ Medical Board moves to dismiss these remaining 10 complaints Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich better step, stop it and investigate.
|The Arizona Medical Board is comprised of 12 members – eight physicians and four public members, including two licensed registered nurses. They are as follows:|
James Gillard, M.D. Physician Member – Vice Chair
Jodi A. Bain, Esq. Public Member – Secretary
Marc D. Berg, M.D., F.A.A.P. Physician Member
Donna Brister Public Member
R. Screven Farmer, M.D. Physician Member
Gary R. Figge, M.D. Physician Member
Robert E. Fromm, M.D., M.P.H. Physician Member
Lois Krahn , M.D. Physician Member
Edward G. Paul, M.D. Physician Member
Wanda J. Salter, R.N. Public Member
Teresa L. Connolly, D.N.P., R.N. Public Member
December 22, 2015
Embroiled in scandal Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. William (Bill) Leighton died a week ago today and you wouldn’t know it from an obituary or even the local media coverage. That’s certainly inconsistent & contradictory language to action for a family not to publish an obituary to alert friends, family and loyal former patients like Greg Parker and for media who previously covered Leighton’s many meetings before the Arizona Medical Board where he was forced to address patient victim complaints.
William (Bill) Leighton’s family includes wife, Lisa Archer Leighton whom he married in 2014 and according to her Facebook page, she was promoted at private health insurance company UnitedHealthcare in July 2015. It would be interesting to know if Dr. Leighton was under contract with UnitedHealthcare as his wife working for the company could have been a conflict of interest. Leighton’s family also includes two sons Joshua and Jason Leighton both Scottsdale attorneys.
A week after Leighton’s death and still no obituary. Reportedly the Leighton family asked the media, to respect their wishes and not report on the story until after an obituary was published and it appears station managers have agreed. Guess the wishes of those injured by Leighton didn’t matter when he was alive and he’s allowed to manipulate the facts without shame, remorse, guilt or accountability while not recognizing the rights of others even in his death and this time with the help of local media.
TEGNA, NBC, 12 News Phoenix, run by the ethically challenged President & GM John Misner, who readers may remember, dismissed local news anchor favorite of 14 years, Fay Fredricks without permitting her to say goodbye to loyal viewers while a false #RacismForRatings storyline was created for replacement anchor Vanessa Ruiz, who didn’t have an on air accent in July 2015 and suddenly did in Phoenix just a few months later. Both stunts were demeaning & insulting not only to his employees but to all local 12 News viewers.
It appears Misner, no stranger to manipulating facts without shame, remorse, guilt or accountability, is now very inconsistently & contradictorily not allowing the station to cover a story they previously did consistently cover, six times from September 2014 to October 2015, via reporter Wendy Halloran (and in her absence due to vacation, reporter Brahm Resnick*) which included:
It’s highly doubtful a reporter who covered this story for over a year woke up and decided to walk from a story that now asks more questions than it answers. Leighton’s death is part of the on-going story. The very least his victims deserve answers as do taxpayers who will likely foot the bill for what should be an Attorney General investigation into the Arizona Medical Board. They allowed Leighton to still practice medicine despite grave illness where they issued three advisory letters and never sanctioned him despite just cause. There’s a pattern of encouraging, rewarding and replicating unethical & illegal behavior from the media to the Arizona Medical Board where doctors protect their own:
Dr. Robert Schulte, a Scottsdale-based psychiatrist, lied to the Arizona Medical Board about his drug arrest and subsequent addiction where it was then decided a letter of reprimand and probation was the appropriate course of action.
This site writes about abuse as a means to protect employees, patients, consumers, and taxpayers, who also happen to all fall in the purview of TEGNA, NBC 12 News viewers. When those conspire to manipulate facts, they are then complicit in unethically making decisions for the general public, which is at the very least dangerous and in some cases illegal.
Dr. Leighton‘s death does not erase the patient victims he left behind and for a news station to knowingly & willingly withhold information from the public, it should be criminal. And for the Arizona Medical Board to keep covering up for their doctors, it should be illegal. It’s telling the people of Arizona that if you have enough money and influence you can buy the media’s and possibly the Board’s silence. Leighton has a relatively small number of victims in comparison to the total population of the Phoenix market, but more than that, it’s total loss of credibility if one deceased doctor’s family can have so much influence, it should have viewers concerned about those with far deeper pockets and greater influence and have us all asking what else is the media, and specifically TEGNA NBC 12 News Phoenix withholding?
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