publication date: Sep. 19, 2014

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By Paul Goldberg

Images of the gleaming buildings and the distinctive logo of MD Anderson Cancer Center have been flashing on television screens and appearing on pages of respectable newspapers and scandal sheets alike.

The reason has nothing to do with the Moon Shots aimed at curing cancers. Rather, the name of the venerable cancer center is being dragged through the mud because one of its doctors stands accused of trying to poison another.

As the world watched bizarre events unfold in a courtroom at the Harris County 248th District Criminal Court, officials at MD Anderson said that the trial is not about the cancer center.

“This trial is not about MD Anderson,” the institution said in a statement emailed to The Cancer Letter. “It is a trial related to personal matters between two people who happen to be employees of MD Anderson. Because it is a personal matter, we will not comment.”

Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, the 43-year-old oncologist accused of aggravated assault in connection with poisoning her lover with ethylene glycol, remains on paid administrative leave from the cancer center.

“Until these legal issues are resolved, we do not intend to take any action that might potentially influence the outcome of these proceedings,” MD Anderson officials said in a statement.

That said, the media in Texas and worldwide as seen a parade of top MD Anderson doctors testifying in a trial that has already lasted a week and is expected to go on for two. Gonzalez-Angulo’s colleague, collaborator, former … Continue reading 40-35 Officials: Poisoning Unrelated to MD Anderson

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