Doctor Who Gave Drugs For Sex Surrenders License

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee February 1, 2011

A former University of Washington doctor accused of trading drugs for sex with a woman has voluntarily surrendered his medical license, the state Department of Health said Monday.

The state Medical Quality Assurance Commission had administratively charged Leonard Hudson, 72, last May with giving prescription painkillers to a drug-addicted woman in exchange for sex. The commission had immediately suspended Hudson's license, but he had had the right to contest the charge.

A longtime, prominent pulmonologist at the UW School of Medicine, Hudson had also been facing a criminal charge. Both King County prosecutors and the commission had accused Hudson of prescribing Xanax, Percocet and about 500 OxyContin tablets to the 22-year-old woman over the course of several months.

The woman had not been his patient. Rather, Hudson, who had been practicing at Harborview Medical Center, had met her through an online prostitution ad, prosecutors said. They said he had never medically examined her, and had prescribed drugs after knowing she was an addict. He also continued to give her drugs after knowing she had overdosed during the time they knew each other, according to charging documents.

Hudson was caught after allegedly writing a prescription for the woman's 16-year-old friend, prosecutors said. They said the woman had wanted the insurance policy of the 16-year-old's parents to cover her drugs.

In October, Hudson pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to forge or falsify a prescription, a gross misdemeanor. He received 12 months of probation and a $1,000 fine. He retired in November.

Hudson had worked at UW since 1973 and was a former head of the medical school's pulmonary and critical care division. He had held an endowed chair in pulmonary disease research since 1999; was an adjunct professor of medical history and ethics; and received a "Mission of Caring" award in 2008.

That honor is bestowed on workers whose "life and work exemplify Harborview's mission."

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