Wait a Minute. Did ANOTHER Doctor Try to Kill ANOTHER Doctor?

 

Dr Ana M Angulo

Dr Ana M Angulo

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Doctor Ana Maria Angulo enters the court with attorney Derek Hollingsworth, for jury selection in her trial on a felony charge of Aggravated Assault last week. She was arrested in May 2013 on the belief she poisoned Doctor George Blumenschein.

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In Houston District Court a jury of 5 men and 7 women have been selected to hear a state prosecutor’s case that doctor Ana Maria Angulo put poison in the coffee of her boyfriend.

Dr Ana Angulo

Dr Ana Angulo

Angulo, age 43, who is a breast cancer specialist at the  Anderson Cancer Center, is accused of poisoning Doctor Blumenschein, a cancer researcher who worked at the same hospital.

Jury selection process had been postponed for several days when prosecutors advised the court that they had in their possession secret telephone recordings, in which Angulo said that she has had people killed in the past.

District Judge Katherine Cabaniss accepted the defense request for postponement, in order to review the reported 6 hours of telephone calls that incriminate the doctor.

Dr George Blumenschein

Dr George Blumenschein

According to the prosecution, Angulo and Blumenschein were in “a casual sexual relationship” when they believe she gave him cups of coffee laced with chemicals on Jan. 27, 2013. They were at home at the time. Blumenschein suffered almost immediate kidney failure, but survived the poisoning. Detectives believe Blumenschein was poisoned with ethylene glycol, a common chemical in clinical laboratories that Angulo had access to. They arrested her five months after the incident. She is charged with Aggravated Assault of a family member.

Coffee

Depending on the judge’s ruling regarding the secret tapes, the jury may or may not be allowed to hear Angulo’s telephone statements about previous murders.

Here is another view of this bizarre case:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/805563

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Our Observations:

Ana Maria Angulo emigrated to the United States after graduating from the University of Cauca, Division of Health Science in Colombia. Even though her apparent victim did not die, the daffy doctor still makes our list of Third World Assassins if she is found guilty.

Incidentally, Angulo’s home country’s largest export? Coffee.

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The Culture of Healthcare Secrecy Harms Patients

Tom Emerick

Tom Emerick

“The culture of health-care secrecy harms patients” reads the headline of an editorial in the Seattle Times.  The author is Kathleen Bartholomew, a consultant and co-author of the book, “Charting the Course: Launching Patient-Centric Healthcare”.  

Kathleen writes, “Despite nearly universal effort and education, there has been little improvement in patient safety since the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report ‘To Err is Human.’ More than 22 patients still die every hour in our hospitals from medical mistakes and unnecessary infections that absolutely could have been prevented. The details of most lethal mistakes will never make headlines.

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“It wasn’t fair that as a nurse I had inside information that the general public could not access. I knew which surgeon had the highest infection rates, and which one had the most complications. I knew the healing power of caring relationships and witnessed significant differences in bedside manner firsthand. I received incident reports when a doctor delayed returning a page in the middle of the night, or when a nurse failed to catch a deteriorating condition.

I knew. We all did. But no one outside the hospital did.”

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Bartholomew describes a culture of secrecy that pervades hospitals, one that is harmful to patients.  The culture she describes is  “…designed primarily for self-protection and not patient safety.”  Click here to read the full article.

Nurses in hospitals know the doctors who make the most mistakes and the ones most likely to harm patients, however, “Such knowledge is top secret.”  A huge problem is the inability to differentiate between honest human errors and negligence.

Part of the solution is for all of us to demand transparency at all levels.

That is exactly what Medical Miscreants is all about. Go to http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/ and make it a point to know your local hospital’s grade. You wouldn’t go to an “F”-rated restaurant. Treat your life with the same care you give when you order a hamburger.

Meanwhile, those of us on the inside will continue to share the dangers we see firsthand everyday.

Have a terrific weekend, readers.

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Tom Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting, LLC, and Partner and Chief Strategy Officer with Laurus Strategies, a Chicago-based consulting firm. We thank him for his contributions on this critically important subject.

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"Sadder than expected. Funnier than it ought to be."

“Sadder than expected. Funnier than it ought to be.”

 

At a traffic jam in the middle of town a commuter leans his head out the window to ask a police officer what the holdup is all about.

“Some pediatrician just found out he’s going to jail for child molestation. He’s broke and he can’t make bail. The guy’s depressed and is threatening to burn himself up with gasoline. So people are stopping cars asking for donations.”

“Unbelievable. So much have they collected so far?”

“Folks are still siphoning, but I’d say they got about 20 gallons.”

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When a famous kidney specialist died, about 200 people showed up at his funeral. His coffin was prominently displayed as a huge plastic model of a kidney. After the minister finished his oratory, the kidney rolled forward and magically opened, displaying the reclining body of the deceased. That was when one of the mourners in the crowd suddenly burst out laughing.

The fellow seated next to him looked over in disgust. “Show some respect. What is it with you?”

“Sorry. I can’t help but wonder about my own funeral someday.”

“What’s so funny about that?”

“I’m a proctologist.”

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A dying elderly doctor looks up at his wife holding his hand. He sees tears running down her face.

He smiles faintly and says, “I’ve been so lucky to have you. I’m terribly sorry about all those foolish affairs I’ve had.”

“You just relax,” she answered. “No need to apologize for anything.”

“But I really need to hear you say you forgive me.”

“Not at all,” she answers. “Just lie back and let the blowfish serum work.”

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Homicide by Doctor: It Ain’t Nuthin’ New . . .

Doctors Who Kill Doctors Who Kill

A British Medical Association executive once remarked that serial killer Doctor Harold Shipman – believed to have murdered 250 people – was a “very rare case.”

Dr Harold Shipman

Dr Harold Shipman

Hate to break the news, BMA-man. You obviously haven’t been paying attention. The career of physician just happens to generate more homicide than any other profession.

Which is downright weird, when you think about it. Killer veterinarians are practically unheard of.

As far back as 1888 in London, “Jack the Ripper,” killed 5 women, and is believed by some investigators to have been a surgeon. Let’s take a peek at a few others:

The God Complex . . .

Both world and U.S. history reveals a plethora of multiple homicides by physicians. Any serious researcher can make a powerful argument that the medical profession acts as a magnet for those with pathological focus on the power of life and death. William Theodore Durrant, for example, was a student doctor in San Francisco who murdered two women in a church in 1895 – in what was called the “Demon in the Belfry” killings. Durrant was caught, convicted and hanged in 1898. Robert Diaz, a California nurse, pretended to be a doctor. He would administer secret injections and told his friends to call him “Doctor” Diaz. He was sentenced to death in 1984 for killing 12 patients with the heart medication xylocaine.

Family Members a Favorite Target . . .

The heavily insured wife and brother of Doctor William Palmer died suddenly of sickness and convulsions, preceded by his mother-in-law in 1849. He was a serial killer who is believed to have poisoned 13 kids and other family members and at least 1 friend. His drug of choice was strychnine.

In 1881 Doctor George Lamson poisoned his two brothers-in-law in order to inherit their estates.

Doctor De La Pommerais used digitalis to kill his wife’s mother for her estate, and then killed his mistress for an insurance policy, in 1863.

Doctor Edward W. Pritchard – back in the mid-1880’s – killed his fourth child; then took out an insurance policy on his young housemaid and killed her too. He then poisoned his mother-in-law and first wife with antimony. He was the last person to be publicly hanged in Scotland.

Doctor J. Milton Bowers’ three wives were all heavily insured and died under suspicious circumstances, one in 1865 and the other two in the 1880s.

Doctor George Chapman, one of the “Jack the Ripper” suspects, was hanged for the serial poisoning of three of his partners with antimony.

Dr Bennett C. Hyde

Dr Bennett C. Hyde

Doctor Bennett C. Hyde killed three of his family members using cyanide and strychnine, which allowed him to inherit the family estate. His sister-in-law also became deathly ill for some strange reason. Wonder of wonders, a doctor who was about to testify against him mysteriously died just before the trial, back in 1910.

In 1935 Doctor Buck Ruxton dissected his wife and maid with a jigsaw and scattered their parts along the Scottish Border.

Doctor Henry Lovell Clark, a doctor in the Indian medical service in the 1930s, conspired with his girlfriend to murder first her husband with arsenic then his wife, who was killed by paid assassins.

In 1947 Doctor Robert Clements of the Royal College of Surgeons murdered his fourth wife with morphine for her money. He is believed to have murdered his first three wives too, as he signed their death certificates. Both he and the doctor he called to examine his dying fourth wife diagnosed leukemia. That doctor later committed suicide.

In 1954 Doctor Sam Sheppard (of “The Fugitive” fame) was convicted of killing his wife by hitting her in the head 35 times. Then his mother and mother-in-law died mysteriously, and he was sued after two surgical deaths. His second wife obtained a restraining order because of his threats to kill her.

Doctor Carl Coppolino murdered his doctor-wife with a muscle relaxant. Under his supervision his mistress also injected her husband with the same muscle relaxant, who died suddenly of “coronary thrombosis” after being attended by Coppolino. He was convicted in 1967.

The particularly wealthy wife of a Doctor John Hill, Joan, died after an unexpected illness in 1969, in Houston. Hill made certain she was embalmed before the toxicology tests that her father demanded could be done. He then married another woman, who told police the doctor was trying to kill her too. She reported that he had told her he had killed his brother with morphine and his father and a family friend. He was assassinated on his front porch 1972.

Dr Jeffrey MacDonald

Dr Jeffrey MacDonald

You may recall Doctor Jeffrey Macdonald, the U.S. Army captain who still sits in prison for murdering his pregnant wife and 2 little girls in 1970.

In the 1990s two American doctors committed double filicide. A doctor in St. Louis murdered his two sons, several years apart, for their insurance money. Doctor Debra Green, a cancer specialist, killed two of her children by burning the house down and confessed to trying to kill her third child by arson and her doctor-husband by ricin poisoning.

Killing Strangers . . .

Doctor Thomas Neill Cream, the London “Prostitute Poisoner,” was the first male serial killer to be hanged in England, in 1892. He also killed three women in America.

Dr Marcel Petiot

Dr Marcel Petiot

Doctor Marcel Petiot, France’s worst ever serial killer,  murdered at least 100 people during the second world war for their possessions.

American Doctor Morris Bolber made a fortune from an insurance scam that involved killing 30 Italian immigrants in the 1930s. Bolber teamed up with the “Philadelphia Witch” – a woman who had poisoned her husband. She provided Bolber with the names of potential victims.

Killers of Patients . . .

Dr Michael Swango

Dr Michael Swango

Doctor Michael Swango, one of America’s most outrageous serial killers, is believed to have murdered 60 patients and colleagues. He also killed several people in Africa in the 1990s. But the medical establishment refused to take the actions needed to stop him until the very end – long, long after they knew there was something seriously wrong with the guy.

In 1967 Doctor Ronald E. Clark in Detroit, sexually assaulted his patients and then killed them with sodium pentothal. 10 years later Doctor Mario Jascalevich of New Jersey murdered five patients with curare. A Norwegian doctor, Arnfinn Nesset, is believed to have killed as many as 138 patients, using curare over a five-year period in the late 1970s, perhaps obtaining sexual satisfaction while watching them die. He at first used an insanity – then euthanasia – defense, but the jury found him guilty on 21 counts of murder.

Doctor Harry Howard Holmes, the “torture doctor,” is believed to have killed at least 200 women in his “murder castle” in Chicago, between 1892-1896. Holmes was the first serial killer hanged in America.

Dr H.H. Holmes

Dr H.H. Holmes

Doctor Jean-Paul Marat, one of the most bloodthirsty animals to walk the earth was – during the French revolution – a trail blazer in political serial killing by proxy. Marat wrote: “In order to ensure public tranquility, 200 000 heads must be cut off.” Marat’s assassination in 1793 made him a martyr in the public’s eyes, and all over France streets and towns are named after him.

Papa Doc Duvalier

Papa Doc Duvalier

The appalling Haitian dictator “Papa Doc” Duvalier, first known as a tropical medicine specialist, ordered mass executions in the 1960s. He bragged that his “curse” was responsible for the assassination of John Kennedy. Regardless, he is certainly responsible for 30,000 others.

Of course the killers without peers were the Nazi doctors, who engaged in ethnic genocide. Josef Mengele would torture Jewish children, Gypsy children and thousands others. “Patients” were put into pressure chambers; tested with drugs; castrated; frozen to death, and exposed to other traumas. It is believed he was directly responsible for the murder of 1,500,000 children, and his favorite thing in the world was to perform surgical experiments on twins.

Likewise at Auschwitz, Doctor Herta Oberhauser killed children with oil injections; cut off their arms and legs; cut out their internal organs; rubbed ground glass and sawdust into wounds. She drew a 20-year sentence as a war criminal, but was released in 1952 – as criminal physicians generally are in this country – and became a family doctor at Germany.

Here at Medical Miscreants, it is our sincere hope there is a special niche in Hell for each and every one of these medical monsters.

In the meantime, we strongly suggest that a wise society might do well to pay attention.

History does tend to repeat itself, and there exists no creature on the planet more dangerous to your wellbeing than a stranger in a lab coat.

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Immigrant Doctor Fraud Case. You’ll Forgive Our Shocked Face, Right ?

Dr Adnan A Ashkar

Dr Adnan A Ashkar

In Leavenworth Kansas still another doctor joins the bloated list of physicians nationwide convicted of stealing from a federal government insurance program.

The State of Kansas Attorney General’s Office announced this week that Doctor Adnan A. Ashkar, has admitted in Leavenworth County District Court that he committed 6 Felonies – namely, defrauding the Medicaid insurance program by billing for services he did not perform and then faking patients’ medical records to make it appear his treatments actually happened.

Ashkar, who is 71, was ordered to immediately pay $12,000 in restitution to Medicaid. He is also banned from future participation in Medicaid.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Kansas Attorney General Stefani Hepford. During the trial she was able to prove that Ashkar had been stealing money from the insurance program for at least a 5-year period, which state investigators believe started in early 2009.

The wayward MD, who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, is scheduled to be sentenced late next month.

Here’s another view of this medical miscreant:

http://www.leavenworthtimes.com/article/20140903/NEWS/140909763/12903/NEWS

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Our Observations:

Before his life of crime in the U.S. Ashkar MD lived in Iraq, where he attended and eventually graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine.

Any chance this lab coat loon will be deported? Of course not. The U.S. does not deport criminal physicians.

We reward them with relicensure and the do all in our power to hide their crimes from future, unwitting patients.

UN-believable.

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Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, They Take Bad MDs a Bit More Seriously . . .

Dr Indika S. Balasuriya

Dr Indika S. Balasuriya

In the city of Negombo a physician found guilty of Rape and Murder of a young woman was sentenced to death this week by a High Court judge.

The prosecution was able to prove that Doctor Indika S. Balasuriya, a surgeon at Negombo Hospital did in fact murder 22-year old Chamila Dissanayake on November 12, 2007, by pushing her off the 6th floor of the hospital building.

Three hospital staff members, as well as a Medical Officer of Ragama Teaching Hospital, testified during the trial last year. The victim Chamila had visited the hospital for treatment of a cyst in one of her breasts.

Police Inspector Pradeep Siriwardana, who conducted the investigation, testified that among the evidence found in the convicted doctor’s room were multiple brands of aphrodisiacs.

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Another Daft Doc with a Leak in His Brain Pain

Dr Mark A Gonsky

Dr Mark A Gonsky

In the state of Pennsylvania a physician admitted in court this week that he did indeed beat up one of his patients, and he did threaten to kill a police officer. He pleaded guilty to making Terroristic Threats.

Doctor Mark Gonsky, age 61 of the city of Mountain Top, seemed to have a penchant for serious mischief last year. His legal troubles started in February 2013, when he was arrested him for bullying business people while drunk. Afterwards he threatened to “put a bullet between a police officer’s eyes” and fired off a handgun in the yard of his Fairview Township home.

While out on bail in April, Gonsky was handcuffed and taken away again, this time for drunk driving on a state highway. And he was arrested yet again in December and jailed for not showing up to court for his first arrest.

It was about this time that Wright Township police learned that he had kicked a disabled patient in the back while drunk at his medical clinic earlier in the year. After the victim testified, medical maniac Gonsky confessed and was found guilty of Assault.

Gonsky MD was given a suspended sentence of 18 months in prison and was released, as according to the judge he had already spent 200 days in jail.

The Pennsylvania Board of Osteopathic Medicine has suspended Gonsky’s medical license:

(9/20/2013)

  • Action Taken: Suspension
  • Summary: Mark A. Gonsky, D.O.; License # OS005105L; NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The Screening Committee of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine found probable cause on several counts that this osteopath presents a clear and immediate danger to the health and safety of the public. ACTION TAKEN: The Pennsylvania Board of Osteopathic Medicine temporarily suspended the osteopath’s license pending a hearing.

We’ll see how long that lasts.

 

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