Jury awards $2 million to Columbus doctor’s ex-wife in civil lawsuit

An Alabama jury handed down a multi-million verdict this week against a Columbus physician stemming from a 2010 domestic abuse incident involving his ex-wife, according to a report in the Dothan Eagle.

The Houston County jury awarded Suzette Osborne $2 million on Monday in her civil suit against Andrew Osborne. At the time of the incident, the two lived in Dothan, where Andrew Osborne was chief of staff at Flowers Hospital. The jury awarded Suzette Osborne $800,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages.

After a six-day trial, the jury deliberated for less than two hours, said Suzette Osborne’s attorney, Adam Jones of Dothan.

“What happened in 2010 was really not a part of this trial because he had already been tried and convicted of that,” Jones said. “The bulk of this trial was painting a picture of the aftermath of this. She has been diagnosed by multiple doctors with PTSD. There is a lot more to this than he beat her up and everybody lived happily ever after. She will never be the same.”

Andrew Osborne now works in Columbus, where he is assigned to the Department of Anesthesiology at Midtown Medical Center. He is employed by Texas-based North Star Anesthesia, which contracts with Columbus Regional Health.

“Dr. Osborne has been with us for the last year,” said North Star Senior Vice President Paul Singh. “He went through a thorough vetting of his medical credentials to provide anesthesiology prior to joining our company.”

Singh declined to answer any additional questions about Osborne’s employment or the verdict this week.

Columbus Regional Health, the parent company for Midtown Medical Center, issued the following statement when asked about Osborne.

“Columbus Regional Health contracts with North Star Anesthesia for anesthesia services at its facilities,” the statement read. “Dr. Osborne is a member of the medical staff at Midtown Medical Center and multiple other facilities in the area. He is a board certified anesthesiologist with an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Georgia.”

According to police reports, Andrew Osborne struck Suzette Osborne more than 24 times in the fall of 2010, the Dothan Eagle reported. Court records said Suzette Osborne suffered vertigo and diminished hearing as a result of the incident. She filed the civil suit more than four years ago.

In June 2011, Andrew Osborne was convicted by a jury of felony second-degree domestic violence. He was sentenced to a four-year prison term, suspended; 90 days in a work release program; a $3,00 fine; $1,500 in victim’s compensation fee; court costs; and 40 hours of community service, according to a report in the Troy Messenger.

The Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama suspended Andrew Osborne’s medical license in June 2011. It was reinstated the same year.

Chuck Williams: 706-571-8510, @chuckwilliams