Texas Cancer Doctor Charged In Attempt To Poison Other Physician

Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo (M.D. Anderson photo)

HOUSTON (June 10, 2013)--Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, a breast cancer oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, has been charged in an attempt to poison another doctor with whom authorities say she had a casual sexual relationship.

The intended victim’s coffee was spiked with a sweet-tasting toxic chemical used in antifreeze and medical research.

Gonzalez-Angulo was charged last week with aggravated assault in the incident involving Dr. George Blumenschein, a specialist in lung and head and neck cancers at M.D. Anderson.

Derek Hollingsworth, her lawyer, told the Houston Chronicle his client is a "distinguished citizen and scientist" who is "completely innocent" of the charge.

Officials say Blumenschein, who suffered a protracted loss of use of his kidneys, is still under a doctor's care.