Trial Postponed For Doctor Accused Of Unnecessary Hysterectomies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A judge has delayed the malpractice trial
of a doctor accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies,
concerned about what plaintiffs allege was an attempt by the
doctor's supporters to coerce the jury pool.
Dr. James Michael Guiler stirred national attention in 2003
after a woman accused him of branding in her uterus with the
letters "UK" - for his University of Kentucky alma mater - before
a routine hysterectomy.
The trial scheduled to begin Tuesday was to deal not with that
case but with allegations by several women that he had performed
unnecessary surgeries.
Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine told The Associated Press
by phone Tuesday that she postponed the trial until June 23, 2008,
because of "pretrial publicity," including a letter circulated
around the medical community.
The letter, signed by 14 people, encouraged Guiler's supporters
to show up en masse outside the courthouse with "signs that best
represent Dr. Mike's Christian practice and demeanor."
It also promises travel maps and parking information and reminds
people they may attend the trial unless they are called as a
"This letter is not only defamatory of the plaintiffs and the
judicial system, it was sent with the intent to coerce the
jurors," the plaintiffs' attorneys wrote in a motion asking for a
Goodwine said she announced in court Friday she plans to seek
sanctions against the letter writers.
Among the plaintiffs in the unnecessary surgery case are the
couple who filed the complaint about the hysterectomy branding,
Stephanie and David Means.
Besides Guiler, the lawsuits name his employer, the Women's Care
Center of Lexington, and Central Baptist Hospital of Lexington.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by j Location: london ky on Apr 24, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    my life is over because of him.... he is a joke he need to lose his lisences 4 what he has to still not well yet for what he has done to me ....
  • by Joseph Location: Fayette on Sep 5, 2007 at 10:43 AM
    My wife use to go to him. He tried to push a hysterectomy on her and our 2nd opinion doc said absolutely not...our new doctor said she was too young and that the loss of ovaries caused immediate menapause versus the gradual phase nature intended. Why did they send out that letter? Seems like they needed people there to make him look good. That is not good when you have to beg people to support you. Nor is it good to remove healthy uteri, cervix and especially ovaries.
  • by Ray Location: Fayette on Sep 5, 2007 at 10:08 AM
    This is an outrage. The Lexington Herald printed that this doctor performs over 100 hysterectomies a year when the NATIONAL average is only 15...that only should make people think twice. Furthermore, to castrate women for anything less than cancer should be illegal. I hope these women are compensated for what they have gone through and what they will continue to go through. Shame on you for doing this to them. They will suffer for the rest of their lives.
  • by Unknown Location: KY on Sep 5, 2007 at 05:22 AM
    I don't believe any of this. Dr. Mike Guiler hss too much concern and compassion for his patients to perform unnecessary operations. I should know, I'm one of his patients and have been for several years. His is the best doctor I know.


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