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Man, Do I Want to Know More about this Story

Woman accused of posing as doctor for obesity patients.

So this woman, Tracy Lynn White, was a hospital secretary who had bariatric surgery at The Georgetown Bariatrics Center in Lexington, KY, and

became friends with patients and doctors at the clinic. She eventually observed two surgeries and offered advice to other patients in a support group.

She also wore a stethoscope and white lab coat that identified her as an M.D., told some people she was a medical student from the University of Louisville, and gave patients advice on surgery and medication.

Now, here’s the kicker:

Georgetown police Detective Michael Littrell said doctors at the clinic became suspicious of White’s behavior and called police.


In all seriousness, I’m pretty confused about what exactly went down here, and I wish some intrepid journalist would go find out for me. How does a secretary/patient get invited to observe surgeries? How does a secretary/patient who’s supposedly friends with the staff at a clinic get to WALK AROUND IN A LAB COAT TALKING TO PATIENTS?

Meanwhile, there’s one more good reason not to trust a “doctor” who gives you weight loss advice.

13 thoughts on “Man, Do I Want to Know More about this Story”

  1. I mean, what DID tip them off? It’s not like hideously unhealthy, counterproductive advice isn’t par for the course at a bariatric clinic.

  2. I hear you on that ending:

    Health (Or should I say “The perception of health that isn’t always with true good intentions”) is the crutch that is almost always used for weight loss advocation. If I were being constantly badgered about my weight (As if health and weight are synonymous), I would try for myself to live healthy, but I think I would really have to dig into the situation to make a conclusion. I mean, we’re suppose to trust doctors, but as you said before: Some of them will tell you to lose weight if you’ve got a cold, there’s bags under your eyes, if your teeth are starting to rot, et cetera… all that unrelated crap. :P

    Let’s not forget the U HAVE SYNDROME X thing that is probably misdiagnosed eleventy billion times because people keep forgetting metabolism lowers over time! OH EM GEEZZZZZ! Isn’t that what’s happening? Metabolism doesn’t stay high forever? :P

    I think it relies on a combination of how one really lives, and how deep the doctor gets when he/she starts making a consideration about it. It helps if they could ask open ended questions about the whole thing.

    “How is your lifestyle? Eating habits? Do you have a genetic propensity to being fat/thin/average/whatever? Are you active? Do you take any medication? Does it affect your metabolism? “

  3. “I mean, what DID tip them off? It’s not like hideously unhealthy, counterproductive advice isn’t par for the course at a bariatric clinic.”

    I’m sorry, but I have to say this: PWNED! :P

    I was just in Kentucky too. Hehe…

  4. This…*sputter*..I don’t….ack!…*fume*…unbelievable!! I literally am at loss for words right now.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll lay down for a little bit – my brain is on the verge of exploding and this is causing my head to ache…

  5. I am a patient at that clinic and I would like to say that the doctors at that clinic are extremely professional and there is more to this situation than noted. All patients give consent as to whether or not their surgery can or cannot be observed. The doctors acted in a professional manor in response to this situation and no patients health was compromised. The doctors have taken every action necessary to answer questions of their patients in regard to the situation and I, as well as all of their other patients that I have spoken to, are very extremely impressed with their handling of the matter.

  6. Oh this drives me crazy. Ah!!!!

    Earth loving lifestyle is more about how you get your food than how much you eat.

    I weight 300lbs and I bike commute everyday and I hate to think but know that the spandex set is picking me apart like this.

    As for so few calories that is awful and unhealthy low enough even without the added exercise.

  7. I once had a complete stranger walk up to me and tell me to get my stomach stapled. When I read this, even though I live across the country, I wondered if it was the same woman.

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