One Doctor to Her Colleagues: ‘Don’t Give in to Drug Cartel Bribery’

‘Life destroyed’: A physician warns other physicians about accepting money from drug and medical device manufacturers

A New York MD who is now a convicted felon, is warning other doctors about the dangers of accepting bribes from sales reps for drugs and medical devices.

Dr Michele MartinhoDoctor Michele Martinho, who faces the possibility of jail time and the loss of her medical license when she is sentenced, pleaded guilty in 2014 to one count of accepting a bribe. This week she spoke to a small audience at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, telling her story as a warning to future doctors, according to The Washington Post.

While she learned about medicine, Martinho says medical school did not prepare her for the business of medicine.

Martinho is one of more than 25 doctors who have pleaded guilty in a $200,000,000 health fraud scheme operated by the now-defunct blood-testing company Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services in New Jersey. She accepted monthly payments of $5,000 to refer patients to the lab for blood tests and other screenings, the newspaper said.

She told students her life has been “destroyed,” and she advised them to never accept anything from drug, device and other representatives who parade through doctors’ offices and to consult an attorney who specializes in medical practice with any questions.

Martinho accepted $155,000 in monthly envelopes stuffed full of cash. She has now acknowledged she realized she was evading tax laws when she took the money. But she says she did not understand that the referral itself was considered a kickback.

Really? She spent 10 years in college and she didn’t know what ‘accepting a bribe’ meant?

Doctor Martinho now spends her time speaking at healthcare and ethics institutions. She is hoping her efforts of warning other doctors of the traps set by drug cartels and medical device makers, will persuade the judge to reduce her punishment at her sentencing hearing.

(We are indebted to investigative reporter Joanne Finnigan, who writes for FierceHealthcare, for her reporting on this little-known issue)

Here’s another look at the case:

New Jersey doctor, 79, faces jail after conviction in $200M fraud case

San Diego Paramedics’ First Life Saved? It Almost Didn’t Happen


Our first medic shoulder patch looked like this

By 1972 millions of federal dollars became available to counties that agreed to adopt the nationally acceptable EMS template. So in cities great and small, highly trained pairs of rescuers started popping up like dandelions on the landscape. But not so fast, Charlie Brown. Not in some cities and certainly not in our city. Not San Diego.

One of the largest cities in the nation, San Diego was a mere 90 miles down the freeway from Daniel Freeman, Harbor General and L.A.’s Emergency! television medics.  But our burgeoning border metropolis would wait nearly another decade for the level of street medical care enjoyed in Podunk, USA. And why would that be?


If you think San Diego’s most powerful doctors wanted something like this running around town, you don’t know your history. Doctors lobbied the City Council because they didn’t want to see ANY of this. They did all they could to stop it.

In ‘America’s Finest City’ the most vocal opponents of advanced rescue medicine were a handful of MDs who happened to hold pontificating sway over the City Council. Yes indeedy. These politically-bent MDs held a considerable level of contempt toward these “unproven, unnecessary, probably dangerous” rescue changes. San Diego had operated barren police ambulances for decades, and that was quite good enough, thank you. The last thing citizens needed – in the minds of these physicians – was a bunch of pretend-doctors running around in shiny trucks.



When evil struck a San Diego McDonald’s – the author was there. James Huberty shot 41 innocent people. Had the city’s politico-MDs gotten their way, there would have been no medics for this tragedy, either. Go figure.


So the years went by. Eventually, after nearly a decade of hearing little but a litany of negatives from some of the most respected physicians, the City Council decided to put its collective foot down and voted to approve San Diego’s first Paramedic program, to begin in February,1979. Of course a PSA airliner wiping out a neighborhood four months prior, did nothing to strengthen the contrarian physicians’ case. The Mayor – and future Governor – Pete Wilson, was pushing hard for a true EMS upgrade, and had it not been for his vision and persistence, San Diego might have waited another 10 years.

No need to look far for a training program: UCSD School of Medicine in La Jolla was, after all, smack in the middle of town, already generating qualified Paramedics for other, more enlightened cities. The highly-intensive curriculum was directed by Doctor Andrew Rauscher, under the School of Anesthesiology. It was overseen by Doctor Silvia Micik. It was managed by Gail Walraven, whose team of instructors were seriously dedicated, marvelous women, everyone: Ginger Murphy. Margie Nerney. Karen LeBlanc. Josie Harding. Marilyn Sheets, who came along just a bit later, should be included too.

Because it was so late in coming, we find it noteworthy to reference the first Paramedic-level EMS call in the city of San Diego, which occurred on February 2, 1979, at 8:19 in the morning. The emergency was what is known as a dissecting aortic aneurysm and there exists no condition more deadly. Had this gentleman collapsed the day before, he would have been picked up, loaded into a police van and carted away to die within the hour. But not on this day.


For those interested, an excellent overview of America’s EMS evolution

The rescue team – Medevac 2arrived within five minutes and performed a very sophisticated physical assessment of the poor man lying on the kitchen floor. They compared blood pressures on each arm in both sitting and supine positions – a technique likely unheard of by first-aiders who came before. They determined a 100% accurate diagnosis of critical internal bleeding. They placed their patient on high-flow oxygen and inserted two large IV lines, running fluid into the man as quickly as humanly possible. They interpreted his heart rhythm – sinus tachycardia with dangerous runs of premature ventricular contractions via a portable EKG monitor called the LifePak 5. They transported the patient slowly, smoothly – red lights but no ridiculous siren – to Mercy Hospital 3 miles up the street. He was admitted directly to surgery and he lived to tell his grand kids all about his nearly lethal adventure.

San Diego City EMS Case #79-00001 went down in medical history. It did. Mr. Ivan Kosygin, a 66- year-old Ukrainian emigrant – lived 18 more years. The Mobile Intensive Care nurse on the hospital end of the radio that morning was Diana Hunt, with her marvelous British accent. The ER physician of record was Thomas Kravis. The rescuers? Cyndi Stankowski, one of the first women Paramedics in the nation, fresh out of school.

And your author.

Have a happy and relaxed Easter Sunday, readers. And thank you for your ever-growing interest in subjects that we believe truly matter. Perhaps someday one of our scribbled bits of wisdom will save a loved one.

Which Profession Generates the Most Crime? Are You Ready to Face the Short Answer?

Here is a smidgeon of the news we receive daily:

Little Rock doctor pleads guilty to writing fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions

Arkansas Doctor Admits Illegally Distributing Pain Pills












Richmond-area doctor charged with running oxycodone ‘pill mill’

Doctors and Hospitals: How to Step Into Deep Doggy Doo-doo Without Trying

It seems that Sharp Grossmont Hospital, located in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa, has found itself in quite the flustercluck. And it all started when hospital administration decided it would be a bright idea to sneak secret cameras into the 21 surgical suites, including the Women’s Health Center.


Dr Adam Dorin

Why on earth would they do such a thing? Well actually, they had a darn good reason. They were pretty sure that somebody on their surgical teams was repeatedly stealing medications, right off the treatment cart. So they were trying to catch a drug thief.

The hospital administration believed they had a potential disaster on their hands, fearing that medical staff were stealing and either using, or selling, surgical anesthetics.  Who could blame them for being proactive?

Care to know the odd news in this story? The hospital’s sneaky surveillance cameras did indeed reveal what appeared to be just that. Because on at least a dozen video clips, Doctor Adam Dorin could clearly be seen plucking small bottles of propofol from the treatment cart and tucking them into his lab coat pockets.

Now, you want the weird news? Well, 15,000 video clips, taken over a full-year beginning in the middle of July 2012, also showed hundreds of images of naked ladies undergoing female surgery. Because as we all know by now, a camera never sleeps. In fact, it doesn’t even blink or blush.

That’s what we call ‘serious unintended consequences’.

When questioned by hospital authorities, Doctor Adam Dorin denied taking the drugs at all. But when they showed the video clips of him doing exactly that, he decided to change his story just a bit: He said he had not taken the propofol for his own use, and had never walked out of the hospital with them in his pocket. He said the O.R. sometimes had less propofol than they needed and he was just tucking them away for anticipated future patients.

A Sharp Healthcare Vice President, John Cihomsky, told the press that, “at no time was patient privacy ever compromised. Sharp diligently safeguards the protected health information of all patients.”

He also said this: “Access to the videos was strictly limited to investigators, and the only videos sent outside were forwarded to the California State Medical Board, which showed the doctor in question removing the drugs from the room.”

He praised the hospital for, “acting decisively to identify a physician who was stealing those drugs and swiftly reported him to the California licensing board.”

“Unless the physician’s lawyer gets his way. He wants to watch them all.”

Doctor Dorin has filed a lawsuit against Sharp, stating they are retaliating against him for being a whistleblower in 2008. At that time he reported to the San Diego Union-Tribune about a medical error that had led to the death of a patient. Dorin also sued the State Medical Board in 2014, but that case was dismissed. 

The State Medical Board has dismissed any case against him, and there is no indication any criminal charges have been filed.

The physician resigned from Sharp in 2013 and now works at Palmdale Medical Center..

A class action civil suit is now pending against the hospital, for “breaching the privacy of thousands of patients.”

Like we say . . . a modern-day medical flustercluck.

Here’s another look:


25 Simple Skills Your Millennial Probably Can’t Do

What does any of this have to do with errant medicine?  Nothing! But it’s kinda fun to think about, don’t you think? Go ahead: Ask your favorite millennial how well they’d do.

1)     Tell us the 4 parts of a drive-in movie night

2)    Change a bicycle tire

3)    Write a check


4)    Identify any bird in any tree

5)    Check the tire pressure on the family car

6)    Name a single star in the night sky

7)    Make a jar of sun tea

8)    Fold a paper airplane that will glide across the room

9)    Navigate town using a map

10)  Determine a pulse on anybody – alive or dead


11)  Hammer a nail without the need for a 911 call

12)  Find the way out of the woods using a compass

13)  Cook an edible meal for 4 people

14)  Start a campfire, even with a match

15)  Plant a seed in topsoil that actually grows

16)  Locate France on a blank world map

17)  Tell you the main ingredients of succotash

18)  Tie just 1 Boy Scout knot

19)  Calculate a 20% tip for a waiter in their heads

20)  Splint a broken bone using anything at all


21)   Figure out which of two eggs is hard-boiled without breaking them

22)   Name the first 3 things to do after a major earthquake

23)   List 2 advantages of sleeping in a waterbed

24)   Tell us the usual color of the California black bear

25)   List the phone numbers of 3 different people

And you, dear reader, have every right to be proud if you can achieve even half of this list. Because you can bet the house your teenager can’t.



Naked Ladies, a Dodgy Doctor and a Cell Phone by the Toilet. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


Let us guess: You thought daffy doc behavior would go out with the old year. Fresh year, fresh start? Surprise!

In the great northwest province of British Columbia a Canadian physician meekly admitted in Victoria Provincial Court yesterday that, why yes indeed, that was his nifty cell phone perched secretly near the lady’s potty. Wonder how THAT got there?

Doctor Mark David Thiessen then proceeded to confess to his cool little plan to record his female staff members using the bathroom at the Saanich Plaza Medical Clinic. His arrest and criminal charges were the result of his sneaky shenanigans coming to light, when an employee saw a the cell phone positioned near the toilet.

Saanich Police Sergeant Jereme Leslie conducted an investigation into the rather odd matter, and then recommended a single charge of Voyeurism to the Crown Counsel last summer.


Dr Mark David Thiessen

“In this particular circumstance, Voyeurism is the appropriate charge,” Leslie said. He added that there was no evidence the camera had been there for more than one day.

In keeping with the way Western society coddles physician criminals, Thiessen is still allowed to work and undress people for money. Yes, indeedy. For although he was terminated by the Saanich Plaza Medical Clinic, he is still allowed to work at the Admirals Medical Clinic in the town of View Royal. The British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons has mandated that he have an adult baby sitter present, whenever he performs physical examinations on female patients. Mind you, he can still play with their bodies. Why, who needs a secret camera anyway?

A doctor required to have a babysitter while undressing ladies. How about that. Seems wholly appropriate, wouldn’t you say?

Horny-toad Thiessen is scheduled to be sentenced next week. Not to worry. The miscreant won’t even come close to having his license revoked. After all, he’s a . . . well, you know the story by now.

Here’s more:

Doctor Crime Spree for 2016? 6,214 Serious Sanctions/Convictions. Here’s Just One E.T. in a Lab Coat

“Doctor Newman masturbated at her bedside and ejaculated on her face.  Spermatozoa was found on her eye, and DNA from her cheek and eye match Doctor Newman’s DNA.” (Assistant District Attorney Eun-Ha Kim)

dr-david-h-newmanOn Friday December 16 a well-known New York physician confessed in Manhattan Supreme Court to sexually attacking 4 female patients in a hospital. At least one of them was assaulted twice.

By admitting his unspeakable behavior this lab coat pervert spares the state the time and expense of a jury trial. So New York was very appreciative. They allowed a sexual predator-MD to negotiate a plea deal. In place of an appropriate prison term, the judge will send him away for 24 months.

In the meantime. of course, this stethoscope scallywag is walking the streets, out on bail. Because that’s how we severely punish bad doctors in this country.


“These compulsions twisted my brain.” (David H Newman, MD)


Yes, you heard us right. What does a doctor convicted of 5 felony sexual assaults get? Why, 2 whole years in jail, thank you for asking.

Go ahead, go wild. It’s a new year. When you get to work tomorrow, try sexually assaulting ONE woman while on the job. See how short YOUR prison term is.


What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2017? How about this: stop kneeling and praying at the altar of the Church of Modern Medicine. Do some homework, for God sake.


45-year-old Doctor David H. Newman finally confessed that, why yes, he really did inject a 22-year-old woman with the sedative Propofol after she arrived in the ER at Mount Sinai Hospital with shoulder pain. It was all pretty simple, really. After she went unconscious on the hospital bed he closed the door, unzipped his trousers and ejaculating on her face. The poor victim testified that she awoke during the attack.

This disgusting excuse for an MD also admitted to sexually groping at least 3 other women during their visits to the ER over a 3-month period that began in the summer of 2015. The unnamed women were all between the ages of 18-21.

In court Judge Michael Obus asked the defendant this: “On January 12, 2016, you subjected the victim to sexual contact while she was incapable of giving consent. Do you enter a plea of guilty on that charge?” 

Newman, who regrettably has spawned 2 children, answered this way: “I administered an unnecessary dose of Propofol, causing her to be unable to talk or respond, leaving her unconscious and masturbating next to her. Also, on three other occasions, I unnecessarily sexually touched patients during treatment. These compulsions twisted my brain, and I am so deeply sorry to all of these victims.”

A spokesperson for Mount Sinai hospital said that they fired Newman and cooperated with law enforcement.

We think that was probably a pretty bright idea.