Ever Ask a Nurse About Daffy Doc Behavior? We Don’t Have to Ask. They Tell us Every Day

Patients rarely are the direct targets of a physician’s disruptive behavior. When doctors hurl insults or instruments, they’re usually aiming at nurses. ‘How to Handle Disruptive Physician Behaviors’ – Rick Gessler, RN; Alan Rosenstein, MD; Liz Ferron, MSW

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“Just the other day, one of our private docs went into a tizzy while seeing one of his patients. He threw our blood pressure cuff against the wall because he couldn’t figure out how to use it. When the patient explained to him that her nurse had been using it all night, and it seemed to work just fine, the frustrated doctor said, “Well I didn’t go to nursing school!”


“LOL. I had a doc come find me one day because he wanted to turn off his patient’s IV fluids. So he walked all the way down our loooonnng hallway (seriously it’s really long) to find me and ask me if we could stop the patient’s fluids. I said ‘sure, just switch the pump off.’ He stared at me like I was speaking another language. So I had to walk all the way down the corridor to show him how to press the OFF button!”


“Years ago we admitted a lovely baby to our special care nursery for some respiratory observation. As one of the docs began his exam, he said sadly that, ‘this poor baby has Down’s Syndrome. Look at his eyes’. We looked at the baby and then at the parents at the window, and asked this idiot if he had met the parents yet – they were Asian, for God sakes! The baby was fine; the dumb doc was as embarrassed as he should have been, and the nursing staff was in stitches for a week.”


“One of my coworkers had a patient whose heart stopped beating at 2:00 a.m. After the code team arrived, the nurse called the patient’s primary physician to tell him. She said ‘Doctor, your patient is in heart failure and we’re trying to revive him. Doctor: “What happened?” (I think this question is pretty self explanatory. The guy’s heart stopped) Then the doctor goes on to say that he doesn’t believe it and we are trying to kid him. Sure, that’s what nurses do: we call doctors at 2:00 in the morning to kid about CPR. Ughhhhhhhh!!!”


“I’m sure we’ve all been there. Sometimes docs just say and do the craziest things. My example: at my last long term care facility, I had one doctor seriously outright fight giving pain meds (for patients who really, really needed them and were dying) According to him, ‘prescribing narcotics leads to methadone and crack usage.’

These poor patients have been here for years. This twit thinks these sad, dying folks are going to get better, jump out of bed, and dash out to buy crack cocaine? WHAAAA!!!!!”


“I was working med-surg my first year as a nurse. A doc wrote an order for a med my patient was allergic to. I brought it up and asked for a new order. The doc started yelling at me to ‘stay in my lane’. I started walking down the hallway to the nurse manager’s office when he heaved the patient’s chart at me, which bounced off the back of my head. The nurse manager told me that this particular doc, ‘often made mistakes like that.’

When I realize now, years later, how badly nurses allow themselves to be abused by these egotistical bastards, and how easily hospitals let it happen, I cringe.”


“We had a doc who was known to be a complete ass. One day I was working at the computer screen and suddenly felt something on my neck. I glanced back and saw what I thought was a little stuffed animal wrapped in plastic. I kept working. The doc was laughing behind me. It turned out the stuffed animal was a dead rat in a Zip Loc bag. Cannot imagine why three wives divorced this mental case.”


“Hate to say this, but at our nurses station, our favorite stories are the tons of clueless MDs who show up in shopping malls and restaurants while a full code on the floor suddenly happens  – and they have not the slightest idea how to run a basic CPR case. ACLS might as well be a Martian alien concept. You should hear the unbelievable stories the medics report to us about doctors on emergency scenes.”


“We have a female doc whose ego gets her into trouble at least once a month. Last week she came down to pronounce the death of a patient we had called her on. But this twit stopped listening to me halfway through the phone call, so when she got here she went into the wrong room and assessed the wrong patient. Then she came out told us that we didn’t know what the hell we were doing – the patient was still alive. Oh, it gets worse. She continued her refuse-to-listen-to-nurses routine. She went out and told the family that their mom was still alive. It took us an hour to comfort the family about the death that really did happen, and to convince them the doctor was not a total fruit-loop. We can’t wait for her next wacko escapade.”


‘America’s Dumbest Doctors’: How This One-of-a-Kind Book Came to be


We can’t know how you happened upon our little tirade, but we’re guessing you didn’t find our book next to the magazines in your physician’s waiting room. Pity, because we fail to see a better place for it. Still, your personal bookshelf will do nicely, in which case you may file this one under Reality Check, if you like, because that’s precisely what you hold in your hands. Most MDs in the U.S. have a book nearby called the PDR – Physicians Desk Reference. Well, here’s a PDR of a different sort. Rest assured, in the realm of clinical diagnoses, A.D.D. no longer merely stands for Attention Deficit Disorder.

Some of you may wonder how America’s Dumbest Doctors came to be. It isn’t really that long a tale. For years we waited patiently (pun inescapable) for somebody of appropriate angst to come along, sort through the pyramid-of-Giza-sized accumulation of goof-ups, and assemble them into an enlightening work. It would have been particularly cool, we thought, had a doctor chosen to shine a penlight into the recesses of his or her own profession. After all, they do take such pride in policing themselves. An elucidation of physician faux pas was decades overdue.  So we tended to our own daily chores in disease care and we waited. We responded to 20,106 emergency calls, and we waited some more. And you know what? It just didn’t happen.

They just wouldn’t . . . you know . . . fess up.


“I was always under the impression that putting a doctor in jail was a rare event. My opinion changed recently when I discovered this book. The encyclopedia of doctor’s misbehavior. For me, it was a very interesting and a very painful read. BUT…. THANK GOD, I AM NOT LISTED INSIDE!”

Joseph J. Neuschatz M.D. dr-joseph-j-neuschatz


And so we began to wonder, who else might do such a project justice, if not doctors themselves? Well, nurses certainly could. Nobody on the planet, Lord knows, holds a more accurate view of inner sanctum lunacy than do these talented professionals. It is nurses, after all, who are insulted and assaulted, spat upon, pushed aside, denigrated, groped and more, all on a daily basis. So much so that within the sequestered halls of medicine (and not a few court rooms) a shameful phrase now echoes off the walls. It’s called “disruptive physician”demeanor which encompasses a wide-range of child-like deportment, sort of like the sixth-grader who tends to get mean, throw things around the classroom and generally fails to play well with others. By the year 2000, academia was replete with studies detailing the undeniable connection between nurses walking away from the profession, and physician foibles. The resulting impact on patient outcomes is ugly and obvious.


We suggest you keep right on trusting America’s medical commercials.

Yet even nurses, opting to protect their livelihoods, have always elected to remain relatively silent on the absurdities they endure so often. To be sure, a number of terrific exceptions have been penned over the years. Still, the ongoing circus of physician screw-ups, poop and boo-boos rolls merrily along everyday, does it not, preposterously under-published.


And we’ve always wondered why. Why no exasperated pharmacist with a prescription-scribbled migraine had yet taken up the pen. Why no maddened physical therapist, O.R. tech, nurse practitioner, administrator, x-ray pro, perfusionist, nor orderly has ever raged, “For God’s sake, enough!” and cleared the air. Going postal? How about somebody going “medical,” in righteous defiance, just once?


New York MD Nicholas Bartha, who blew himself up to spite his wife

For there exist, we now know, entire armies of health care experts with spooky tales to hoist your hackles, but you would scarcely guess it by visiting the library. Or by watching network news.

So after 25 years, with our personal pile of funny little notes bulging from a dust-covered briefcase, it finally dawned. Okay, so maybe we’re slow. But the torch was ours to carry. A paramedic would just have to do it. We, the ruffians in blue, those rogues of rescue, the only characters in the entire scheme of advanced medicine who run around outside, faces awash in the fresh air of clarity. It does, in the end, make perfect sense. Who else orchestrates advanced emergency treatment with not a singular hospital staff, but many dozens? Who else arrives on accident scenes time after time, to find bewildered physician-bystanders with literally no clue what to do, absent x-rays, labs and nurses to orchestrate the treatment plan? Who else, by virtue of our nifty 24-hour shifts, is likely to be around at all, to witness bonehead moves by doctors, at any hour of any day?

And so it comes to pass, from our unparalleled perspective, that three unequivocal points ought now be carved into the stone of medicine’s Rushmore:

  • Many of the finest primates in our country can be found wearing lab coats, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude
  • Many of their wackiest peers graduated from the very same medical schools
  • Some of the most confounding characters in society scribe MD after their names

 And we thought you might want to know a little more about them.

It’s that simple. The birth of America’s Dumbest Doctors.

Have a terrific Halloween weekend, readers. Thank you for visiting us, and do watch out for at least these two spooks who have the nasty habit of hiding behind a friendly face:

Creepy Clowns & Daffy Doctors.



Halloween. Time to decide who the real spooks are.

Doctors: Still Think They’re Smarter Than You Are?


You’ll kindly note the tail

So which do you think is better news: That a physician wouldn’t notice the tail, or  that he sees it and pretends he doesn’t?

A Southern California physician has been convicted of being an illegal drug-pusher, operating  his Los Angeles-area clinic as a “pill mill”.

Last Tuesday a superior court jury found Doctor Richard S. Kim, a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, guilty of 17 felonies, for illegally prescribing drugs for no legitimate medical reason.

During the trial the prosecution was able to prove that Kim, age 44,  was routinely writing prescriptions for heavy narcotics – Norco, Xanax, Soma and Adderall – without performing patient histories, creating medical records or performing physical exams, on thousands of walk-in “patients”.

“Kim operated an unusual practice. He had no staff. Patients would call or send him a text message. He would unlock his office door and let them in.” (The prosecution)

Prosecutors revealed that Kim would often have customers bring their own medical charts and X-rays to his one-man clinic. The jury needed very little time to come to a guilty verdict, after having viewed an undercover agent’s X-ray of his dog as “proof” of his medical problem.

“You can actually see the dog’s tail in the X-ray.” (Deputy D.A. John Niedermann of the Major Narcotics Division)

Kim, who had been free on $100,000 bail, was handcuffed immediately and taken to Los Angeles County Jail after the verdict was read. His possible sentence could be 12 years.

This particular stethoscope schemer is scheduled to be sentenced September 30.


Incidentally, if you happen to be a patient of Robert Kim MD, don’t bother showing up at his clinic. The doctor isn’t in.

Here’s another look at this doctor dirt-bag:


Oh, Doctor! Why Do You Keep Stepping into Deep Doggy Doo-doo?

What the heck did  this one do?


The Texas State Medical Board has decided to “restrict” the medical license of one Doctor Robert Wayne Van Boven. He was a staff member at Lakeway Regional Medical Center until he was fired last year, according to a hospital spokeswoman. 

Van Boven is also a neurologist at the Brain & Body Health Institute in the city of Lakeway. The board learned that horn-dog Van Boven was routinely engaging in highly inappropriate sexual behavior and making nasty comments to female patients. They say this particular misbehavior happened in April and May, 2015, and they believe both patients’ statements are credible. They found considerable similarity in what the women say happened to them.

“The final review will demonstrate that this was based on egregious false facts, financial and other improper motives,” he said. “I pray that truth will prevail.” (Van Boven in a statement)

(Note to doc: When one attempts to persuade others, a brighter effort is to anchor your statements in a foundation of logic. Here’s a hint: there exists no such thing in the universe  as “false facts.” Wise up)

This isn’t the first time the stethoscope snollygoster has stepped into deep doctor doo-doo. According to Lakeway Police Department, their officers were sent out to his house in 2008 and again in 2013 for domestic disputes. And he was involved in 2 separate cases of Criminal Trespassing in 2015.

Oh. Almost forgot. This med school graduate can’t seem to master how to drive a car on public streets. He’s accumulated 8 traffic citations and has been stopped 16 other times while behind the wheel, when he should have been handcuffed – but wasn’t.

According to the Texas Medical Board, the restriction they placed on Van Boven “prohibits him from seeing, examining, treating, prescribing or otherwise practicing medicine on female patients.”

Our question is this: Why is this character allowed the privilege of touching anybody?

Of the 77,000 licensed physicians in Texas, the Texas Medical Board reports they bring an average of 300 disciplinary actions against doctors annually. They say 40-50 lose their licenses.

But this one hasn’t lost his yet. Stay tuned.

Here’s another look:


Meanwhile, 2 Years Ago a Columbian-immigrant MD Got 10 Years for Poisoning Her Man-Friend

Houston Doctor Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, now behind bars for mixing up some sweet poisoning. “She invited him over for a cup of ‘special Colombian coffee’.”


Go ahead. Ask us again why we call them ‘Third World Assassins’

It was exactly 2 years ago when a Houston jury realized they were about to sentence a Texas cancer researcher to state prison. She was days away from being convicted of poisoning her doctor/lover. The jury knew by September 14, 2014, that Columbian Doctor Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo had spiked her co-worker’s coffee in a spasm of revenge, with a chemical found in antifreeze. The 43-year=old breast cancer specialist at Houston’s renown MD Anderson Medical Center, had been involved in a sneaky sexual relationship with her fellow researcher, Doctor George Blumenschein. And then he started playing house with another brunette because, well, boys will be boys.

We can promise you that – as a veteran Paramedic – hospital-horny-toad shenanigans run as rampant as anything you can imagine in a college dormitory.

The prosecution was proving that their affair had turned into a “fatal attraction.” After more than a year of secret copulating encounters, Doctor Ana decided to poison Doctor Blumenschein with ethylene glycol. He was, after all, spending an awful lot of time with his longtime live-in girlfriend, Doctor Evette Toney. And wow. Did Ana love George. She loved him so much she decided to kill him.

Horn-dog Blumenschein got lucky. He survived the poisoning. And a Houston Superior Court jury sent Doctor Ana-nana bo-bana  to go sit in a cage until the year 2024. She could have been sentenced to 30 years, but she wasn’t. After all, she isn’t just your run-of-the-mill jilted homicidal freak. She’s a special human being. She’s a doctor, for God sakes.

So how about this: How about we all be thankful today – exactly 2 years later – that this particular pair of hormonal, stethoscope fools didn’t have time to breed. Let’s thank Heaven for small favors, shall we?

Here’s another look at this medical embarrassment:

Ana Gonzalez-Angulo, George Blumenschein: ‘Snapped’ Profiles Houston Doctor’s Sexual Affair, Which Almost Killed Him After Coffee Poisoning


Doctor Dodges the Tax Man: Big Mistake


Dr Anthony P. Sertich

In the city of San Antonio Texas a physician has been sent off to state prison after being found guilty on a long list tax fraud felonies.

Doctor Anthony P. Sertich, age 60, was convicted last March on 10 charges of failure to pay  taxes and one charge of tax evasion. He was sentenced to three and one-half years behind bars this week.

Investigators discovered that the doctor had failed to pay more than $250,000 to the IRS that he collected from his medical staff payroll taxes at his clinic, the Advanced Artistic Facial Plastic Surgery of Texas.

Over an 8-year span that ended in 2010, detectives learned that the scamming MD accrued nearly $3,000,000 in unpaid tax penalties and interest, according to federal law enforcement. They say that the doctor  withheld employee taxes and then kept the money for himself. He then filed for bankruptcy multiple times in order to avoid paying his creditors.

Scamster Sertich did, however, manage to pay himself several million dollars in salary.

The wayward MD has been ordered to repay $3,000,000 in restitution to the IRS.

Here’s another look at this surgiscrub screw-up:


Indian-Immigrant MD Caught in ‘Drugs for Sex’ Embarrassment

Our Third World Assassins just keep right on keepin’ on . . . .

“Doctors who exploit patients are the worst kind of predators.” (San Diego DEA Agent-in-Charge William Sherman)


Dr Naga Raja Thota

In the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, Doctor Naga Raja Thota was handcuffed and taken to jail last week. He has been charged with Illegal Narcotic Distribution in a particularly sleazy scheme.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Thota, age 62, was taken into custody by San Diego DEA agents at his clinic, the Pain Management Center, located at 2732 Navajo Road in El Cajon. He was arraigned in Federal Court Wednesday before Judge Bernie Skomal.

The charges are supported by sworn statements by at least three women, that they regularly received oxycodone prescriptions for no medical need, in exchange for sex acts. The investigation revealed a clear pattern of illegal behavior by Thota, in which sexually-explicit texts were retrieved by police, between the physician and the women, followed immediately by illegal prescriptions.


The case record states one of the women reported she met Thota when she was in the hospital for drug addiction. Before she was released, Thota falsified her medical chart to indicate he was treating her for pain, even though she was in no real pain at all.

The woman, age 20 at the time, told police she was addicted, and agreed to sexual liaisons with the doctor in order to keep getting the drugs. Investigators say she reported that her sexual relationship with the doctor began 3 days after she met him. She said he called and asked her out and the drug gravy train was well on its way.


Thota is being held in San Diego on 7 charges of dispensing opioids for no medical reason. He could get 20 years in federal prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Judge Skomal set the daffy doc’s bail at $100,000.

(Anyone with information regarding other victims of Dr. Thota was urged to contact the DEA at 858-616-4100)

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