ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Hobbs obstetrician/gynecologist accused of having affairs with patients and staff and failing to show up to deliver patients’ babies has resigned as president-elect of the New Mexico Medical Society.
Dr. Christopher Driskill submitted his resignation earlier this week, just days after his license to practice was conditionally restored by the state Medical Board, which licenses and disciplines medical doctors.
Driskill was slated to become president of the Medical Society in May. He previously served as vice president for the group, which is the state’s primary professional organization for physicians.
The Medical Board, which is appointed by the governor, voted last November to suspend Driskill’s license based on evidence that on a “multitude of occasions within the past few years” he admitted patients in labor into the Lea Regional Medical Center, but failed to return when summoned to help deliver the babies.
On one occasion, the board alleged, he didn’t return for the delivery because he was having sex with another patient. Another time, a patient had to have a C-section because of his delay in arriving.
Driskill also was alleged to have had sexual relationships with patients and staff of his Hobbs medical practice, which fired him last August.
Driskill, who also was accused of drinking on the job and having a cache of liquor in his office, is allowed to return to practicing medicine once he completes a two-week course on professional boundaries.
As part of the board order, he will be monitored by a New Mexico nonprofit organization that helps health providers with alcohol and other addictions. He also must attend a 12-step program; have a chaperone present when he meets patients, and undergo psychotherapy.
Driskill, 42, is one of only four ob/gyns in the Hobbs area in southeastern New Mexico, according to the medical society’s website.
As part of resolving the disciplinary case against him, Driskill underwent in-patient treatment at a sexual addiction center in Los Angeles.
He has refused to comment publicly about the matter, but acknowledged in the settlement agreement that “sufficient evidence” existed that the board could find he violated the state Medical Practice Act.
Prior to his license reinstatement, his attorney asked the board to expunge the public record of the various allegations against Driskill, arguing they were inflammatory, based on hearsay and never served a valid purpose. The board denied the request.