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.