Did the Doctor Kill the Doctor?

Dr Robert Ferrante

Dr Robert Ferrante

A University of Pittsburgh doctor who police believe poisoned his doctor wife has agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

According to his attorney, the decision means Doctor Robert Ferrante, age 64, formally admits to the court that the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office most likely has enough evidence of Murder, for him to be bound over for trial, in the April 2013 death of his wife, Doctor Autumn Klein, age 41.

Dr Autumn M Klein

Dr Autumn M Klein

Investigators believe the researcher spiked his wife’s energy drink with the fast-acting poison, cyanide. Pittsburgh Police Department arrested Ferrante last July after they discovered he had purchased a large volume of cyanide using a University of Pittsburg credit card, two days before Doctor Klein fell gravely ill. They soon learned that no poisons are used jn Ferrante’s research area of focus, which is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS.

Common Pleas Judge David Cashman has ordered that Ferrante’s daughter Cianna remain in the custody of his wife’s parents in Maryland. The prosecution believes the young girl is a witness and asked Cashman to prevent Ferrante from contacting her. What evidence the girl might testify to is not known.

Here’s more:

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/sally-kalson/2013/08/04/The-world-will-miss-Autumn-Klein/stories/201308040198

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Hospital Pays Out $200M. Why? Well, One of its MDs Liked to Film Naked Lady Parts, Just for Fun

Dr Nikita Levy

A freaky gynecologist’s secret use of tiny cameras to film his patients’ genitals has led to a $1,900,000 settlement with 8,000 female patients.

Doctor Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February of last year, after a female co-worker alerted authorities about a pen-like camera he wore around his neck.

Levy committed suicide days later, after a federal investigation revealed thousands of images stored on his home computer.
The preliminary settlement approved by a court last week is one of the largest in U.S. history, involving sexual misconduct by a physician. It all but closes a case that never produced criminal charges but seriously threatened the reputation of one of the world’s leading medical centers.

According to authorities, thousands of women were traumatized, even though their faces were not visible in the images and it could not be established with certainty which patients were recorded or how many.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Howard Janet said 62 girls were among the victims, and that Levy violated hospital protocol by sending chaperones out of the exam room.

Johns Hopkins stated that insurance will cover the settlement, which “properly balances the concerns of thousands of plaintiffs with obligations of the medical center.”

“It is our hope that this settlement – and findings by law enforcement that images were not shared – helps those affected achieve a measure of closure,” the hospital statement said, adding that “one individual does not define Johns Hopkins.”

Approximately 8,000 women contacted the class-action lawsuit hotline.

Johns Hopkins’ attorney, Donald DeVries, said Levy “went rogue. The hospital had no inkling of what he was doing.”

Once alerted to the problem, hospital authorities notified Baltimore Police Department and ordered Levy off the property. Investigators said they found no evidence he shared the material with others.

Some women told of being inappropriately touched; that they were regularly called to Levy’s office for unnecessary pelvic exams.

Levy, age 54 at the time of his death, graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan. He began working at Johns Hopkins in 1988. When the allegations came to light, he was working at Hopkins East Baltimore Medical Center.

Hospital records indicate Levy treated well over 12,000 patients during his 25 years.

The doctor committed suicide by placing his head in a plastic trash bag. The bag was attached to a hose connected to a helium tank.

And so it goes.

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Coroner Off to Jail for Greedy Deeds

 

Drs Peter & Alison Galvan during happier times

Drs Peter & Alison Galvan during happier times

“If you don’t want to be caught between a hammer and the anvil . . . don’t steal.” Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell

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In the Louisiana parish of St. Tammany their former coroner has been convicted on charges of using the office of the dead for personal financial gain.

Doctor Peter R. Galvan, age 54, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and fined $5,000. The sentencing of Galvan, who resigned in October and pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge, ends the tale of a soap-opera scandal that was the gossip of St. Tammany for more than a year. With an outraged citizenry and the parish government takeover of coroner’s office finances Galvan’s cavalier use of taxpayer money, along with his refusal to even discuss the spending, prompted the St. Tammany Parish Council to take the extraordinary step last March of formally asking him to step down.

The federal government charged Galvan in October, when investigators determined that the wayward physician was taking sick leave money in the amount of $111,376 which he was not entitled to. He is believed to have entered into illegal contracts with other agencies from which he profited by more than $300,000.

The doctor also bought a $9,000 generator for his boat; a GPS system and other items amounting to over $7,000 for his personal use – all with public money.

According to court documents, Galvan took advantage of coroner’s office credit card to buy meals and personal items for more than $15,000, all of which were unrelated to business.

Galvan joins 250,000 other physicians listed in the Nat'l Practitioner Data Bank

Galvan joins 250,000 other physicians listed in the Nat’l Practitioner Data Bank

“I apologize to the people of St. Tammany Parish who elected me,” Galvan told the court. “I betrayed their trust. I have ruined my career and reputation.”

Terry King, the whistle blower who exposed the wrongdoing in the coroner’s office and shared documents with investigators and the news media, said he was satisfied with the punishment.

Galvan, who is married to Doctor Alison Galvan, had been coroner since 2000. A wrongful termination lawsuit filed against him in 2010 by former coroner staff member Terry King, led to the release of public records by the coroner’s office that revealed lavish spending by the office and other questionable practices.

Here’s more:

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/05/former_st_tammany_parish_coron_5.html

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Our Observations:

This particular lab coat loon graduated from Louisiana State University at New Orleans in 1989.

He will not be attending his graduating class party this summer.

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Horny Doctor Feelgood Gets Caught with his (surgical) Pants Down

Sexting Notes

An anesthesiologist who has worked for 20 years at Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center has had his medical license suspended by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission, for what authorities call “sexting; sending photos and exposing his genitals” while in the operating room.

Dr Arthur K Zilberstein

Dr Arthur K Zilberstein

According to the hospital investigation, Doctor Arthur K. Zilberstein, age 47, “compromised the safety of surgical patients at least during the known period of April-August 2013.” At least some of the patients involved were undergoing caesarean birth operations at the time of his juvenile shenanigans.

Investigators revealed that lab coat loony Zilberstein is believed to have sent more than 250 sexually explicit texts during complex surgical procedures. During one particular abdominal operation on a woman, Zilberstein sent 45 messages over a 90-minute period.

On one day alone, said the state report, on June 17, 2013, Zilberstein sent 64 texts during seven surgeries, many of which were sexual in nature.

He is also accused of sending a photo of his genitals with his scrub pants pulled down while in the operating room. In one text he wrote: “Oh. And my partner walked in as I was pulling up my scrubs. I’m pretty sure he caught me.”

A spokesman for Swedish Medical Center said this: “Once we learned that the State had suspended this physician’s medical license, his Staff membership and privileges were immediately suspended. We just recently learned of these allegations and are conducting our own internal review of the physician, who is not directly employed by Swedish.”

Zilberstein is in fact employed by a contractor, Physicians Anesthesia Services. Wonder how proud they are of this notoriety?

Here’s another take on this freak:

http://nypost.com/2014/06/10/doctor-loses-license-for-allegedly-sexting-during-surgery/

 

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Our Observations:

We are not particularly proud to report that clinical cretin Zilberstein is a graduate of the same medical school we are: UCSD La Jolla.

This note should go without saying but as some of you are new, we will once again reiterate the daffy doc reality in this country:

Zany Zilberstein will be fired by his employer and banned from Swedish Medical Center. He will almost assuredly move to another state, where he will be quietly relicensed and working in another O.R. within an appallingly brief period of time.

Who knows? He may even show up at a hospital near you, undressing patients totally unaware of his penchant for pee-pee exposure.

Don’t you just love American healthcare?

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‘Did I Treat Patients While High on Crack Cocaine? Sure Did.’

Dr Robert W Locklear

Dr Robert W Locklear

In the city of Greeneville Tennessee a physician told the judge in a federal courtroom this week that he routinely tended to his patients while strung out on cocaine.

Doctor Robert W. Locklear, age 45, changed his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty” last Monday. He had been charged with Narcotic Distribution and Conspiracy to commit Health Care Fraud.

According to court records the Greenville Police Department was notified by the Comfort Inn motel that an abnormal amount “of short-stay visitors” could be seen entering and leaving Locklear’s rented room. The suspicion was late night drug sales.

Locklear, an internal medicine specialist, was taken into custody by investigators in June, 2013 by the Third Judicial Drug Task Force which conducted the operation along with Greeneville Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

At the time of his arrest, Locklear managed a narcotic abuse treatment clinic. He confessed in court that he became addicted to alcohol and cocaine himself, and would often leave untrained and/or unqualified staff members to perform physician-level treatments.

Locklear MD is expected to be sentenced in September.

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Lady Doc Guns Down Former Lover in Front of the Kids

Dr Lauren Daly

Dr Lauren Daly. Pediatrician, DuPont Children’s Hospital, Wilmington Delaware

From this . . .

 

 

 

 

. . . to this?

Lauren Daly 2 days ago

Lauren Daly 2 days ago, headed for state prison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A child care specialist from Delaware County Pennsylvania has been convicted of attempted murder – the result of her outrage and shooting at her Middletown Township home in 2013.

Doctor Lauren P. Daly, age 41, a pediatrician at DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, was found guilty by a jury July 7 after less than an hour of deliberations.

According to police statements, the doctor’s murderous assault happened in the driveway of her home on Memorial Day of last year.

During the trial, the prosecution was able to prove that the wayward physician  got into a screaming match with her former lover, a 49-year-old ER nurse named Margaret Grover.

According to investigators, the couple had ended their relationship several years ago, but shared custody of an 11-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. Ms. Grover had just dropped off the little girl at Daly’s home and was sitting at the wheel of her black sedan. Investigators learned that Daly became angry when Grover refused to allow her to speak with the boy, who was seated in the front passenger seat.

At that point Daly pulled a 9mm automatic handgun from her pocket and fired multiple shots through the windshield of the car.

car shooting graphic

The victim was hit by five bullets in the face and upper body. She managed to drive herself to Riddle Memorial hospital.

Daly MD will be sentenced at a later date for Attempted Murder as well as Reckless Endangerment because of the proximity of the children.

Here’s more on this outrageous story:

http://www.delcotimes.com/general-news/20130618/middletown-pediatrician-held-for-trial-in-shooting-of-former-partner

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Our Observations:

You can find lots of shiny information on the A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital website. What you will not find is any reference to this case.

Hospitals generally avoid chatting up the subject of doctors who try to kill people. A kid-MD firing a barrage of bullets into a car with a kid in it is not a reality they care to face. They far prefer to hide their demons. And they are amazingly good at it.

Which is precisely why this website exists.

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Ho-Hum. Another Week – Another 50 Doctors Convicted of Major Crimes

What does Obama Care have to say about these characters? Nothing

How does Obama Care address these clinical cretins? It doesn’t

Yes, 50 doctors per week; 210 is the average for a typical month. These jaw-dropping numbers are the sad “normal” in American healthcare. No other profession generates such preposterous volume of crime. Here are but a few medical miscreants in court over the past seven days:

Walayat Khan MD, age 66 of Ypsilanti Michigan – Guilty, $7,000,000 health care scam

Dr Donald Wagoner

Dr Donald Wagoner

Donald Wagoner MD, age 78 of Kokomo Indiana – 30-year sentence, Drug dealing from his Wagoner Medical Clinic offices

Leland G. Whitson MD, age 57 of Long Beach California – Guilty, $46,000,000 insurance theft

Dr Leland G Whitson

Dr Leland G Whitson

Victor Bruce MD, age 49  of Las Vegas – Convicted, Narcotic Drug Trafficking

Dr Victor Bruce

Dr Victor Bruce

 

Georges Bensimhon MD, age 67 of Cleveland Ohio – Guilty, Attempted Murder of Doctor Seth Hoffer

Dr Georges Bensimhon

Dr Georges Bensimhon

Adelina Herrero MD, age 72 of Ann Arbor Michigan – Guilty, $1,382,000 insurance theft in home health visit scam

Martin MacNeill MD, age 58 of Provo Utah – in court for a hearing regarding his wife Murder conviction

Dr Martin MacNeill

Dr Martin MacNeill

 

John Maye MD, age 59 of Buffalo New York – Convicted, Narcotic Drug Distribution over the internet to 12,000 people he never met

Dr John Maye

Dr John Maye

Andrew Osborne MD, age 50 of Dothan Alabama – Guilty, Wife Beating

Dr Andrew Osborne

Dr Andrew Osborne

Doron Feldman MD, age 54 of Rochester New York – Convicted of Stealing $630,000 in fraudulent billing

Mark Tuan Le MD, age 55 of Charlotte North Carolina – Convicted, 7 counts of Fraud and theft of $6,200,000

Dr Oscar P Gosien

Oscar Gosien MD, age 74 of Oak Hill West Virginia – 35-year sentence, trading narcotics for sex with patients

210 doctor convictions per month. Happy to do the math for you: That’s 10 Guilty verdicts for every court calendar date of the year.

What other profession carves such a monstrous swathe of destruction through an otherwise intelligent society?

None. Not a one.

Just makes you proud to call yourself an American, doesn’t it?

And people wonder why we wrote the book . . .

Sadder than expected; funnier than it ought to be

Sadder than expected; funnier than it ought to be

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Bump, Bump, Bump – Another One Bites the Dust . . .

Dr Spyros Panos

Dr Spyros Panos

A New York physician has finally confessed to faking and bungling his way through literally thousands of surgeries over a five-year reign of terror in the city of Fishkill.

According to investigators, Doctor Spyros Panos was charged with healthcare fraud because he falsified medical records, which resulted in millions of dollars in excess payments to him and his medical practice, Mid-Hudson Medical Group.

Mid-Hudson Medical Group

On the day of his sentencing the courthouse in White Plains New York was packed with his victims. Investigators say 260 patients have sued the lab coat lunatic so far.

“I wish I could tell you I had noble motives for my actions, but I did not,” Panos said. “I did this out of greed. The influx of money I was bringing into Mid-Hudson increased my pay and earned me the admiration of my fellow shareholders. It was as simple as that.”

Panos, an orthopedic surgeon, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison for Healthcare Fraud. He was ordered to re-pay the government $5,000,000 for Medicare theft and fined $250,000. He was ordered to surrender his medical license.

Spanos MD is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, in New York. We suspect he is not the most popular alumnus of his medical school.

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Pennsylvania Physician Confesses to Child Pornography Charges

Dr Mark Janosko

In the Pittsburgh suburb of McCandless a general practitioner has pleaded guilty to possessing more than 600 images of child sexual activity in his home.

According to Allegheny county investigators, Doctor Mark Janosko, age 48, had downloaded a vast collection of pornographic images of children as young as five years. Many of the photos depicted nude children undergoing sexually sadistic stimulation.

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak will have the option of imposing significant prison time due to the extreme nature of the photos.

Janosko was employed by West Penn Medical Associates in Pittsburgh before the case broke open last July. According to the Pennsylvania Department of State website, his medical license has been suspended.

The wayward MD is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

Here’s more:

http://cranberry.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/north-hills-doctor-to-stand-trial-on-child-pornography-charges_bec5e284

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Alabama Doctor Guilty of Murder

In the state capital of Montgomery a circuit court jury needed less than two hours today to find a doctor guilty of Murder in a case that happened two years ago.

Dr Zev-David Nash, Serena English, Jeremy Riley Murder plot

Dr David Nash, Serena English, Jeremy Riley Murder-for-hire plot

Doctor Zev-David Nash, age 54, was convicted of Capital Murder for-hire in a trial presided over by Judge Charles Price. During the trial the prosecution was able to prove that Nash, along with his girlfriend Serena English, had paid drug pusher Jeremy and a cousin the sum of $9,000 to kill a man named Ralph McNeil.

Investigators learned that Serena English was in middle of contentious child custody dispute with McNeil. His body was discovered outside of his trailer in January, 2011. He had been shot and stabbed multiple times.

This isn’t the first time Nash had gotten into deep trouble. In 2005 the Alabama State Medical Board revoked his medical license after learning that he had been administering fake flu shots to his patients.  The Board found the doctor was substituting a worthless saline solution for flu vaccine. His antics were exposed during a sting operation.

English and Jeremy Riley had already pleaded guilty, and English testified as a key witness in Nash’s trial.

Here’s a bit more on this medical maniac:

http://archive.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/051213/fake.shtml

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How many 'bad doctors' did you hear about during the Healthcare Reform debates?  Zero

How many ‘bad doctors’ did you hear about during the Healthcare Reform debates? Zero

Our Observations:

Nincompoop Nash is an excellent example of what we in healthcare call Lab Coat Lunatics.

He graduated from Albert Einstein College Of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1987 with a specialty in internal medicine. At some point in his young career he realized – as so many thousands of other new physicians do – that the quickest path to wealth is plundering the system and thumbing your nose at ethical patient care. In a sane healthcare system, this man would have been locked up 8 years ago.

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