Louisiana

State report card

The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the overall rating is based on an average of each board’s scores.

Click on the boxes below to read how Louisiana did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.

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State rating (out of 100)

  • Board composition: 28
    Are consumer members included to balance physicians’ tendency to identify with their colleagues? More...
    A blueprint developed by The Federation of State Medical Boards recognized the importance of having independent public members on physician-dominated medical regulatory agencies. To assess the composition of disciplinary agencies, the AJC used three measures, with the most weight given to consumer representation. Top grades went to states where public members make up at least 40 percent of the board; where those members represent consumers and where neither they nor their family members have professional or financial ties to health care; and where women hold at least 40 percent of the board seats.

More from Louisiana

Highlighted case

Dr. Peter Raymond LaFuria

The gynecologist was accused of taking photos of unsuspecting patients' genitals. After an indictment on 269 felony charges, he pleaded guilty in 2014 to 20 criminal counts. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. It was believed his offenses dated back to 1998.

Among the original charges were video voyeurism, sexual battery and molestation of a juvenile. There was at least one civil lawsuit by a woman who said a photo shows her facial profile as well as her breast area. She had gone to him for treatment of a cold.

LaFuria surrendered his license in 2007.

Researching a doctor

  • Accurate records of sexual abuse accusations against doctors are not always easily accessible. In Louisiana, the best chance of finding problems is to search the records offered by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Please note that license search results typically include all public disciplinary actions, not just those involving sexual misconduct, and can sometimes include vague language. Also, some states deal with some disciplinary issues privately; private board orders are not included.

Complaint process

On rare occasions involving egregious conduct, the board said it will investigate an anonymous complaint where there is apparently reliable information or evidence provided along with the allegation or obtainable from another source. A state law enacted in 2015 defined egregious conduct as any action that threatens substantial or irreparable harm to other parties or constitutes a threat to the health, safety and welfare of citizens of the state. Those who do file signed complaints are not notified of the outcome of the board's investigation. However, if there is a formal disciplinary action, a copy of the board's action is posted on its website after a final decision is made.

Where to file a complaint

Quoted

“It’s a dark day for the people of Louisiana…”

— Dr. Robert Marier, former executive director of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, in response to state legislation setting limits on the board’s investigations.

Key fact

In 2015, the legislature approved and Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill to limit the power of the Board of Medical Examiners to investigate doctors. Among the provisions, the law banned the executive director from directing investigations, set time limits for the board to initiate and complete an investigation, and required a majority vote of the board before a formal investigation is initiated.

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