July 19, 2012
“Doctor Suing Former Patient Over Online Criticism”
Brian Maass, CBS 4, Denver, Colorado
A Centennial-based anesthesiologist, Dr. Michael Gesquiere, has filed a civil lawsuit against a former patient, Joanna Putman, claiming her online venting amounted to libel that damaged his reputation and his business.
“What we are talking about are not negative opinions or reviews, what we are talking about are demonstrably false statements of fact that harmed a medical practice and a physicians reputation,” said Tripp Lake, Gesquiere’s attorney.
Putman had seen Dr. Gesquiere for relief of chronic pain following numerous surgeries, but the Doctor-patient relationship soured. “I thought he was a really nice guy. I liked him,” Putman said of the initial relationship. But eventually, the two did not see eye to eye.