Don’t Motorboat


I have been writing a series on this blog entitled “How to Be An Authentic Doctor”.  I am about a quarter of the way done and it has been eye-opening for me.  Some stuff I do, some I don’t.  No one is perfect.  The one thing I don’t do is what Dr. Tressie Montene Duffy, of W. Va, is accused of unethically doing:

A Martinsburg doctor unethically doled out powerful prescription drugs and repeatedly exposed herself at the office — including forcing a female co-worker to “motor boat” her surgically enlarged breasts — according to allegations in a report from the state Board of Medicine.

You can read the rest of the article here. Trying to read between the lines, I see Dr. Duffy as doing a lot of stupid stuff.  She doesn’t, however, seem to me to be a greedy, pill mill doctor.  She does seem emotional labile, too trusting, and maybe too immature.  The stuff she did was bad but I don’t want to judge her too much by reading one article.  That being said, how about the writer of the Charleston Daily Mail having to print the exact definition of “motor boating” huh? I am sure he got a laugh from his colleagues at the office on that one.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Don’t Motorboat

  1. Sir Lance-a-lot
    September 6, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Sounds like a fun office to work in – the female doctors at my office never ask me to feel their breasts.

    Seriously, though, even allowing for exaggeration on the part of the complainants (which definitely happens when workplace spats are involved), it sounds like this doc may have a serious problem, and by serious problem, I mean maybe she’s got a brain tumor pressing on a frontal lobe or something. This stuff is just not a pattern you would expect of any of the “normal” categories of dysfunction, such as drug abuse or mania.

  2. Scott
    September 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    But what were her Press Ganey scores?

    • Doug Farrago
      September 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Ok, so that was the funniest comment I have read in a long time. THANK YOU!!!!

  3. Randy
    September 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Obviously she deserves the benefit of the doubt at this point, but if the allegations are true I’m not seeing much reason to come to her defense. In reading the article they seem to have collected a ton of evidence.

    Googling her name it looks most attention is being paid to the motorboating, which is about what you’d expect, but her real troubles are going to come from the other allegations.

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