Prominent Houston-area plastic surgeon furloughed after domestic violence charges misleads courts

Houston, TX – A prominent Houston-area physician was furloughed as chairman and full professor of plastic surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center earlier this year.

The center said Dr. Charles Butler was furloughed in April, but officials did not specify the exact date he was furloughed or why.

The news comes weeks after Butler was before a Harris County hearing officer in probate court in March, charged with felony assault on a family member – obstruction of breathing.

Court records show Butler allegedly “threw her (his girlfriend) to the floor and pulled her hair out. Bruises, handprint on the neck.

In a court affidavit of his financial situation, Butler states that he earns $25,000 a month, “but he has monthly expenses that exceed his monthly income.”

A closer look at the paperwork shows Butler stating that he is a “General Worker” at “DND”. Nowhere in the filings does he indicate that he works as a professor and chairman of the department of plastic surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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The question surrounding his finances is at the center of an emergency motion filed by his ex-wife and attorney who believes Butler “lied” about his financial records. The attorney directly cites the county’s financial records in the injunction. The injunction suggests that MD Anderson and UT Health investigate Butler’s medical and psychological fitness.

KPRC 2 asked MD Anderson officials if they were reviewing Butler’s medical history and financial affidavit in Harris County Criminal Court.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center released the following statement regarding Butler:

“Dr. Charles Butler was furloughed in April. MD Anderson does not comment on the personal affairs of employees.

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