Historical Hysterics: Here’s a Daffy Doc Whose Idiocy Bears Repeating

(Take a peek at this terrific work by someone we consider a Health Care Hero)

The Shameful Story of a Drug Dealing Doctor, a Dog’s X-ray, and the Medical Board of California

Dr Patricia Salber Hosts the Program "The Doctor Weighs In"

Dr Patricia Salber
Hosts the website “The Doctor Weighs In”

We could not say it much better, so we won’t even try. The take away here is that you – healthcare’s ultimate consumer – can rest assured there are folks out here advising you to pay better attention to your medical providers. You just have to listen. nd Patrician Salber, MD is one.

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Doctor David Haynes and Wife Lissa Shot & Killed in Their Home

 

Dr David E Haynes Emergency Medicine San Diego / Yuma

Dr David E Haynes
Emergency Medicine
San Diego / Yuma

One of our finest emergency colleagues; truly a superior human being. Goodbye, Dave. I will miss you.

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“Today we have lost an exceptional physician, colleague and friend – a man who dedicated his life career to caring for patients in our community. Doctor Haynes was an outstanding and dedicated physician, who genuinely cared for people. His compassion and kind nature will be deeply missed.”

(Phillip Richemont MD chairman of Yuma Regional Medical Center Emergency Department)

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SAN DIEGO – A San Diego doctor and his wife were fatally shot in their home by their 22-year-old son, who was arrested after he tried to slip past police tape near the scene, police said Saturday.

David Ellis Haynes, 61, and his wife, Lissa Danielle Haynes, 62, were shot multiple times in their Sunset Cliffs home just after 3 a.m. Friday, but the doctor was able to call 911.

When police arrived, the couple was barely alive, and only one was still conscious. Both were later pronounced dead at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center.

Peter David Haynes of San Diego, the couple’s son, was arrested about four hours after the shooting when officers spotted him trying to sneak under crime-scene tape, said Lt. Paul Rorrison. He was armed with a handgun, he said.

There are no other suspects, Rorrison said, and the motive is under investigation. According to the suspect’s sister, he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, reports CBS affiliate KFMB.

(Associated Press)

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Maryland Medical Board Licensed Rapist-doctor

Report: “Officials had information about a doctor’s rape conviction and yet did nothing with it.”

Dr William Dando

Dr William Dando


he Maryland Board of Physicians has been severely criticized by the Inspector General of the State Department of Health. In his report released today, Thomas V. Russell, states that members of the Board “put patient lives at risk” by issuing a medical license to a physician who had served 3 years in prison for raping a woman at gunpoint.

Doctor William Thomas Dando, age 60, was stripped of his medical license in September when authorities learned that he had sexually assaulted yet another woman patient at a clinic last April.

In his report, Russell reveals that the Board of Physicians was well aware that Dando was a diagnosed alcoholic when they issued him a medical license in 1996. The Board also knew that Dando had been convicted of a felony assault in1987 when they okayed him to treat patients.

The Board accepted Dando’s explanation that he was guilty of a simple assault while under the influence. They saw no need to investigate what they already knew from the Georgia State Board of Physicians, detailing Dando’s arrest in Florida.

This manic doctor, one-man crime wave also faces a lawsuit by another woman patient, who reported to police she too was attacked at the same clinic last year. And an entirely different lawsuit alleges that he caused the death of a Baltimore County woman, who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2010.

The Inspector General’s report also detailed two other doctor cases, who were issued Maryland medical licenses after they lied on their applications about criminal backgrounds.

Here’s another view of this story:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/maryland-health/bs-hs-dando-oig-report-20141112-story.html#page=1

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Doctors Stepping into Deep Doo-doo. It Happens 50 Times a Week

 

Dr Shoichi Okada

Dr Shoichi Okada

In the city of St. Louis a physician on staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital was arrested last week on a federal warrant of Child Pornography Possession.

Doctor Shoichi Okada of Richmond Heights, is a surgical resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  According to the police reports detectives searched his home on November 3, following an online investigation, which revealed child pornography. Following the search, investigators interviewed Okada, who confessed to downloading graphic sexual images of children for about one year.

Okada, age 30, was charged with a Felony November 4,  and was indicted in U.S. District Court.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital spokesman Nick McLaren told reporters that the doctor was now on administrative leave and would be allowed no patient contact.

A check into the Missouri Division of Professional Regulation shows no previous criminal behavior.

A spokeswoman for the John Cochran VA Medical Center reports that Okada had worked at the VA, but not since the end of 2013.

Here is another view of this case:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/doctor-children-hospital-arrested-child-porn-cops-article-1.2010601

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Our Observations:

Shoichi Okada is a graduate of Case Western University School Of Medicine.

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Still Another MD Jailed in Despicable Elder Care Scam

 

Doctor ‘flooding streets with pills’

Dr Oliver Herndon

Dr Oliver Herndon

Near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania the former medical director of a skilled nursing facility has confessed in court that he sent patients to a terminal care center who were not terminally ill. He said he did this so he could steal money from Medicare with fraudulent medical bills.

Doctor Oliver Herndon from the city of Peters, was the medical director for Horizons Hospice. At the time of his arrest and trial, he was already serving an 11-year prison term for illegal drug dealing. He was convicted for prescribing thousands of doses of narcotics. He was found to be one of the most prolific “pill mill” physicians in the nation, stealing upwards of $400,000 from taxpayer-funded Medicare.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar, Herndon and others placed patients in terminal care status during a 5-year period that started in 2008, even though they were not in fact dying at all. He then submitted false insurance claims for that unnecessary – and extremely frightening – care.

Horizons Hospice operates facilities in Monroeville, Harrisburg and Altoona, in Western Pennsylvania.

This was the second time Herndon has confessed to felonies in a federal courtroom. This fellow was a one-man clinical crime wave.

In 2012, the wayward MD pleaded guilty to prescribing more than 15,000 narcotic tablets to people with no medical need for them. Of course he got paid for each one – just like the street dealers do.

Here’s more on this lab coat lunatic:

http://triblive.com/news/washington/1844933-74/herndon-drug-prescription-gray-heroin-oxycodone-pritts-death-kaufman-county#axzz3JDIDsRS3

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Our Observations:

Doctor Oliver Herndon, age 43, is a graduate of Stanford University Medical School. We notice that articles in that fine college newspaper – The Stanford Daily – are devoid of any reference to this particular alumnus. What a shame.

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So Your Doctor Wants You to Have a Heart Stent? Tell Him to Read This – And Then You’ll Talk

Dr Sandesh Patil - Medical Prostitute

Dr Sandesh Patil – Medical Prostitute

Kentucky Surgeon Goes to Prison for Heart Stent Fraud

In a U.S. District Court in Louisville a cardiologist has been ordered to prison after changing his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty” of medical fraud. The doctor admitted that he exaggerated patient conditions in order to make money off of medically unnecessary heart procedures.

Doctor Sandesh R. Patil, a 51-year-old cardiac specialist, confessed to falsifying medical records and lying to patients, regarding the urgency and need for stents, which are tiny metal tubes implanted into blood vessels within the heart in order to prop them open and improve blood flow.

Patil, who worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London Kentucky, caused the hospital to have to repay the U.S. government $257,000 for billing theft over a two-year period that began in 2009.

According to an FBI Crimes press release, Patil is the third cardiologist in the U.S. to be federally prosecuted for fraudulent heart stent placement.

According to our own research, nine other cases are pending.

Steth Cash

                                                                            How well do you know YOUR doctor?

Here’s another view of this case, from the  Kentucky State Medical Board:

Felony conviction relating to health care fraud  (7/18/2013)

  • Action Taken: Other actions
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • State: Kentucky
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • Substandard Care, Incompetence or Negligence  (1/17/2013)
  • Action Taken: Agreed Order with Terms and Conditions
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • State: Kentucky
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)

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So in the Spirit of Halloween . . . Your Daily Dose of Stupid

Historical Hysterics:

Patient Sues Hospital and  Physician Because of Surgical Room Prank

Planning a surgery soon?

Planning a surgery soon?

In the late, great state of mind-bend called Los Angeles a woman is suing her doctor and a hospital. It seems that her surgical team thought it would be pretty funny to glue a fake moustache and sticky tears to her face – then take pictures – all as she lay unconscious during surgery as part of a prank.

We could make this stuff up, but with 2,500 lab coat loony tunes each and every year, why would we have to?

Mr. Andrew Ryan is the lawyer patient Veronica Valdez hired last year after the incident. He addressed the news media by saying that Ms. Valdez did not find it even slightly funny that a physician would do such a thing, let alone allow staff members to snap pictures of her face as she lay helpless.

Ms. Valdez is 36 and was herself employed by the hospital – Torrance Memorial Medical Center – since 2001.

“There’s no such thing as a joke in the operating room. For them to play a joke is cruel,” attorney Ryan said. “I have never seen anything like this. It’s an incredible breach of privacy, of HIPAA, of common decency, of the Hippocratic Oath.”

Valdez, a surgical supply purchaser for Torrance Memorial, stated she was horrified when she learned that her coworkers had attached a fake moustache above her lip and yellow tear drops below her left eye, and then actually allowed a nurse to take pictures. The pictures were then sent out over the internet – a total embarrassment for her and her family.

The behavior of Doctor Patrick Yang, the anesthesiologist responsible for the event during the October 2011 surgery, prompted an investigation by the California State Medical Board, which reprimanded the hospital. The Board called the prank a “breach of professionalism” but went no further. Of course, you have to look at it from the State Board’s point of view. If they allow drug dealers; kidnappers,  scammers and rapists to keep THEIR licenses to practice – what’s a little O.R. prank among friends?

Dr Patrick Yang

Dr Patrick Yang

In his deposition, Yang MD admitted to cutting up sticky medication labels with scissors and attaching tear drops and a moustache to the sleeping patient’s face.

“I think she would get a laugh out of it,” he said. “She would appreciate it, thought that was funny.”

Yang and the Torrance Anesthesia Medical Group were suspended by the hospital for two weeks.

Ms. Valdez’ lawsuit is pending.

Here’s another view of this case:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/15/woman-suing-hospital-doctors-over-prank-during-surgery/

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