Sky Ridge doctor sentenced to jail for choking nurse

Anesthesiologist grabbed nurse’s throat following disagreement

Nick Puckett
npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/23/20

A doctor who pleaded guilty to choking a nurse at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by a Douglas County District Court judge. Mark Randle Ryan, 58, a …

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Sky Ridge doctor sentenced to jail for choking nurse

Anesthesiologist grabbed nurse’s throat following disagreement

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A doctor who pleaded guilty to choking a nurse at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by a Douglas County District Court judge.

Mark Randle Ryan, 58, a contract anesthesiologist, grabbed a 51-year-old nurse by the throat Oct. 18, 2018, after she reminded Ryan not to turn off vital-sign machines of patients recovering from surgery, according to a June 23 statement from the office of 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.

The nurse reported the incident to hospital officials and police. Ryan was arrested by Lone Tree Police officers.

The nurse told Judge Theresa Slade during the June 22 sentencing that Ryan had “strangled me in a recovery room filled with patients and staff in a selfish act of violence.”

“I was assaulted by a man who took an oath to do no harm. I feel he might have killed me if no one else would have been around,” she said.

Ryan pleaded guilty March 9 to one count of second-degree assault by strangulation and one count of third-degree assault. Slade sentenced Ryan to 30 days in jail June 22.

“This happened in front of other patients and in front of other professionals,” Slade said during the sentencing. “When you did this to (the nurse), she couldn’t care for other patients, and you put them at risk. You don’t get to act this way, ever.”

The nurse said Ryan squeezed her neck so hard she saw stars, the nurse told police.

“Few people in society have as much responsibility as the medical professional we trust to treat us in the hospital. This defendant was an anesthesiologist, who worked in stressful situations every day to monitor patients during surgery,” Brauchler said in the June 23 statement.

“No occupation, regardless of stress, provides an excuse for assault, especially strangulation. The message here is clear: Teacher, electrician, attorney, doctor…viciously attack a coworker and go to jail.”

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