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VA hired surgeon with numerous medical malpractice complaints

When Washington, D.C., residents or their family members undergo surgery, they are literally entrusting their lives to the hands of another. Surgeons are supposed to be specially trained and highly skilled to ensure that patients receive only the best care possible. To this end, one grieving daughter in another state is asking why a surgeon with a number of medical malpractice claims already against him was allowed by a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital to operate on her father, with fatal results.

The now-deceased patient was a 65-year-old veteran. Before his brain tumor diagnosis, the much-loved man was still active, spry and seemingly healthy. That was, however, until a VA doctor performed a series of surgeries on the man's head in under a month.

After the first operation, the patient began developing numerous complications, but the surgeon reportedly kept assuring the man's family that the developments were normal and that he was going to be fine. Sadly, he was anything but fine, and died shortly after his fourth brain tumor operation. It was only then, after it was too late, that the man's daughter discovered the surgeon's medical record.

Not only did the physician have over a dozen medical malpractice lawsuits in his past, but his medical license had been revoked in a different state after another of his surgical patients had died. The grieving woman is pushing for answers and wants to know why the Department of Veterans Affairs hired a physician whose license had been revoked. Sadly, nothing can bring back the woman's father, but a successful medical malpractice lawsuit could bring a sense of justice and hold responsible parties accountable. Anyone in the Washington, D.C., area who has similarly suffered due to surgical errors or a negligent doctor does not have to fight alone; there are professional local resources who can offer counsel and legal guidance.

Source: wqad.com, "Daughter of veteran who died wants answers from V-A on hiring practices", Chris Minor, Dec. 5, 2017

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