The Journal Gazette
Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:17 am

Suspension of doctor's license extended

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS - A Fort Wayne doctor accused of having sexual relationships with several patients agreed Thursday to extend the suspension of his medical license.

Dr. Cortney Schwartz, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, has been under emergency suspension since November.

His license will remain inactive until a full disciplinary hearing is held in the coming months.

Schwartz has also surrendered his federal Drug Enforcement Administration registration that allows him to prescribe controlled substances.

He did not attend Thursday's hearing of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board where his attorney, Ronald Elberger, submitted the agreement.

Schwartz originally self-reported a few inappropriate relationships to the board but later expanded it to up to 12 women who were either his patients or patients of other doctors in his practice.

Last week, the Indiana Attorney General's Office filed a new complaint against his license that also encompassed him providing medical care, prescriptions and conducting an invasive procedure on a patient he was sleeping with and treating for infertility.

The woman apparently became pregnant and Schwartz didn't include any of his care regarding the pregnancy in her chart, and she saw him after business hours.

The complaint said Schwartz reached out to her via social media and text to begin an emotional and sexual relationship.

Schwartz underwent an evaluation at a Kansas facility and entered an in-resident treatment program there last November.

Schwartz was initially licensed in 1996, and at the end of October separated from his OB/GYN practice in Fort Wayne at Women's Health Advantage.

The complaint said WHA reminded him in writing in 2008 that sexual encounters with a patient or employee on company property would not be tolerated. Then in 2009 WHA was notified of an inappropriate communication between Schwartz and a staff member.

In October, Schwartz' privileges with Lutheran Health Network were suspended.


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