Sep 09

Could the conclusion of the highly irregular “Anagnost case” be close at hand?

by Tim Farley.

Tulsa spine specialist Dr. AnagnostOKLAHOMA CITY – Will Tulsa-based orthopedic surgeon Steven Anagnost finally get his case heard and ultimately concluded – after four years time – before the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervison?

Red Dirt Report, which had not heard any news updates on the unusual and convoluted case (read more here about the allegations being made against the surgeon), decided to contact the licensing board’s executive director, Lyle Kelsey, and see where things were in the Anagnost case this week.

Kelsey told Red Dirt Report on Monday that they are working on getting the Anagnost case in front of the board.

“It’s in the lawyer’s hands,” Kelsey said.

Kelsey said he was not certain if the case would go before the licensing board this week or not.

Asked who was handling the case, Kelsey said it was Marissa Lane, an assistant attorney general at the Oklahoma State Attorney General’s office in Oklahoma City.

Both an email and a phone call were made to the Attorney General’s office. We learned that our email to AG Scott Pruitt’s Director of Communications Diane Clay had not been seen yet, as Clay was out of the office on a personal matter. Another assistant, Katie Dark, said she would take a look at it in the meantime.

We have not yet heard back from the AG’s office at this time.

Red Dirt Report also called Anagnost’s medical office in Tulsa seeking comment and did not receive a reply by the time of publication.

Ryan, Minton, Van Delsem & Williams invoiced the medical board for $25,559 while another law firm of Wiggins, Sewell & Ogletree billed the agency $14,051. Wiggins served as the medical board’s legal counsel and trial examiner in the Anagnost case.

Another expense totaling $2,125 involved Robert A. Skib, MD, for his review of Anagnost’s patient files and complaint lodged against the surgeon.

The medical board, with an annual budget of about $3.9 million, receives its funding from fees and fines paid by doctors. Although the board does not receive taxpayer funds, its revenues can be designated for other public purposes by the Oklahoma Legislature, Morrissette said.

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