In a new report from WOOD TV Target 8, an investigation reveals that a complaint against abortionist Robert Alexander was cleared by his mentor, Dr. George Shade Jr. At the time Shade was the Board of Medicine Chairman. After Alexander served two years in federal prison for illegal distribution of controlled substances, Shade vouched for him and took him under his wing and helped him regain his medical license. Shade's help allowed Alexander to regain his medical license in 1998.
While Dr. Shade was on the Board of Medicine (starting in 2004) he reviewed complaints about Alexander and failed to authorize investigations and dismissed the complaints, including the one filed by the doctor who treated Sheria McCloud.
"He shouldn't have been investigating my case if he was his (Alexander's) mentor," said Sheria McCloud of Muskegon, the patient in the complaint against Alexander. "It should have been somebody else investigating. Why would you investigate my case and you are his mentor?"
Dr. Michael Engel, the former Muskegon OB-GYN who filed the original complaint alleging botched abortions, said he was shocked to learn about the connection between Alexander and Shade.
Both Engel and McCloud said no one from the state contacted them about the complaint, which he filed in June 2009.
"It's a travesty," Engel said in a telephone interview. "The government protects him. That's terrible. This guy knew him, talked to him."
In March of 2012, Right to Life of Michigan released a report on abortion clinic abuses in Michigan. The report noted the relationship between Shade and Alexander and how Shade frivolously dismissed serious complaints against Alexander.
WOOD TV also attempted to find Alexander and see if he was still doing abortions in Detroit or if he could be reached anywhere else.