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California medical board might suspend Michigan doctor

A hearing has been requested by the Medical Board of California as to whether to revoke or suspend the medical license of a Michigan neurosurgeon, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The medical malpractice accusation alleges the neurosurgeon performed gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, dishonest and corrupt acts and failure to maintain accurate and adequate records while he practiced in California from 2009 to 2010.

In further findings, the Medical Board alleges the doctor also made false representations in the patient charts of five individuals in Ventura, California.

A recent emailed response by the doctor stated, "The Wall Street Journal article contains allegations and nothing more. I cannot defend myself in public regarding the article. I have let my work and my charity stand up against those allegations on their own merits."

While a Michigan paper stated of the neurosurgeon's intent to go to a hospital in Jordan where he planned to treat Syrian refugees, it also illuminated that the surgeon himself, who is an Afghan, had been a refugee in Pakistan as a boy.

The surgeon went onto say in his email, "I have worked very hard to build a life for me here. One way of paying back for what I have received was to go to Jordan and to help."

While the neurosurgeon has privileges to operate in Detroit Medical Center hospitals, the hospital administration said it is reviewing the allegations in relation to his practice in California.

"As we understand it, the majority of them were filed after [the neurosurgeon's] relocation to Michigan," said a spokeswoman for DMC.

In addition to his work in California and with DMC, the neurosurgeon retains an employee profile on the McLaren Health Care system website within the McLaren Lapeer Region. Officials there, however, were unavailable for comment.

Medical malpractice can be one of more horrific forms of negligence, particularly when trust between the doctor and patient is compromised. If you find you have been a victim of medical malpractice, the only recourse possible sometimes is through a civil court.

Source:  Detroit Free Press, "Michigan doctor faces allegations of negligence in California" Cassandra Spratling, JC Reindl and Ann Zaniewski, Sep. 24, 2013

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