August 17, 2015
Dr. William Paterson
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr. #200
Gilbert, Arizona 85234
Dear Dr. Paterson:
Enclosed please find my letter to Dr. Scott Siebel. It
outlines the complaint I am making against him.
Iíve heard that this kind of professional misconduct
sometimes happens when the overly religious in a hospital make
a move to proselytize when a patient is sick or badly injured
and doesnít have quite their usual strength to resist the
I think you should know what is going on when Dr.
Siebel finds himself alone with one of your patients just
cc: Scott Siebel
August 17, 2015
Dr. Scott Siebel
Chandler Anesthesia Consultants
Re: ACCT #C14.41813 and Surgery
July 10, 2015 at Mercy Gilbert Hospital
PO Box 1847
Gilbert, AZ 85299
Dear Dr. Siebel:
Your practice of asking patients to participate in
religious activity is unethical. I say this assuming that Iím
not the only one you have attempted to get to pray with you.
You had no right to ask me to join you in ďa short
prayerĒ just minutes before my major surgery. You know nothing
of my religious affiliation and I am not a member of your
I know precious few people who would want to bow down
and pray with you, a total stranger.
Yes, Iím sure some of your patients may reluctantly and
unhappily acquiesce to your strange and unsettling prayer
requests knowing that in only minutes you will literally have
their lives in your hands. But their acquiescence is due only
to the clear coerciveness of the situation which you as an
anesthesiologist can take advantage of.
I was there as a patient to receive services from a
surgeon, Dr. William Paterson, and his anesthesiologistónot to
be your prayer partner.
I refused to pray with you even though I risked having
an anesthesiologist that was miffed by my rebuke or
crestfallen at being denied his customary pre-surgery prayer.
Such a doctor might be just a little off his game and I
certainly didnít want that. For that reason alone, it was
clearly unethical of you to put me in that position.
Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Anesthesia Consultants I
feel have inadvertently let me down.
Dr. Siebel, your superiors need to know that you are
taking advantage of sick and injured patients (whose religious
affiliations you know absolutely nothing about) by attempting
to impose your own personal devotional practices upon them.
Such conduct, such willful proselytizing, is simply
I do not wish to have a reply from you. I do, however,
wish to hear from your employers, Mercy Gilbert Hospital,
Chandler Regional Medical Center, and Chandler Anesthesia
Consultants. I would like to know that others will not be
asked to participate in their anesthesiologistís religious
activities as I was and that proper remedial and disciplinary
measures will be taken to ensure that such unethical,
self-serving practices will cease.
cc: William Paterson, Tim Bricker, Karen Byrnes, Marcia
Bolks, Terry Ambus, Arizona Medical Board
Both Siebel's employer and the
hospital found against him and he has been instructed to
cease this practice immediately.