Houston Cancer Doctor Charged With Poisoning Her Colleague/Boyfriend

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  • HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Houston oncologist with spiking her lover and coworker’s coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical used in antifreeze and medical research, causing serious health problems including renal failure.

    Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, a breast cancer oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was charged last week with aggravated assault against Dr. George Blumenschein, a specialist in lung and head and neck cancers at the institution. The two were in “a casual sexual relationship,” according to a criminal complaint.

    The complaint said Blumenschein, who joined M.D. Anderson in 2000, suffered a protracted loss of the use of his kidneys and is still being treated for it. M.D. Anderson officials would not say whether he is back at work.

    Gonzalez-Angulo’s lawyer, Derek Hollingsworth, told the Houston Chronicle that she is “completely innocent.”

    “She is a distinguished citizen and scientist, and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life,” Hollingsworth said in a statement.

    Gonzalez-Angulo, who joined M.D. Anderson in 2003, is free on $50,000 bail.

    M.D. Anderson officials said Gonzalez-Angulo is on paid administrative leave, but they declined to comment further.

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