An Illinois neurosurgeon that has been sued approximately 50 times for medical malpractice has now had his license suspended in another state for violating the terms of his parole. This doctor has been accused on numerous occasions of performing unwarranted surgical procedures resulting in surgical errors.
The doctor was placed on probation in 2010. However, in early 2012 a patient complained about complications following spinal surgery, and it appears that he did not report the incident onto the board. Based upon these allegations, the doctor's license in Illinois has also been suspended.
The neurosurgeon’s record appears to be poor. The neurosurgeon had attempted to renew her medical license in 2008 and 2011. However, in doing so she also failed to acknowledge that an attempt to obtain a license in South Dakota had been denied.
In light of all of the allegations, there certainly is reason to question why the doctor has been allowed to continue to practice medicine in any case. Decisions as to whether surgery should be conducted need to be taken seriously. Patients are forced to go under the knife and are often at risk for unexpected contingencies that can result from the procedures.
To be fair, the results of many of the pending complaints are unknown. Mere allegations are not the same as proof that medical malpractice actually existed. Medical malpractice attorneys often must do their homework to demonstrate that negligence existed.
Still, the large number of complaints is disturbing. Surgical errors can result in injuries that can cause a lifetime of suffering.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Neurosurgeon's license suspended in Illinois," by Jim Doyle, May 3, 2013