Palm Harbor Cancer MD Gets 6-Year Sentence for Drug-Smuggling, Fraud

And here we have still another shamed Florida physician – this one would routinely administer cheaper, illegal, foreign-made drugs to her unknowing cancer patients. A federal jury found her guilty of all 45 criminal charges . She was sentenced last week to 6 years in federal prison.

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Doctor Diana Anda Norbergs, age 61, cried as she read her statement of sorrow before U.S. District judge James Moody. She apologized to the five-dozen patients who were victimized by her careless, dangerous and usually worthless treatments, by a supposed cancer-care expert. Of course the “apology” was rather tepid, since she blamed the drug companies and her own staff for the “errors.” 

Norbergs testified in court that she had “no idea” her clinic was using unapproved drugs from unlicensed foreign distributors. She believed that the drugs she was receiving had been FDA-approved and could be legally sold in the United States.

Yes, she really did say she didn’t know a thing about the drugs she was pushing into her patients’ veins.

 

Dr Diana Anda Norbergs

Here’s her clinic PR sheet. She looks almost respectable in a lab coat, doesn’t she?

Norbergs’ criminal deeds occurred at a sham medical clinic called East Lake Oncology in Palm Harbor, where she pushed at least $700,000 worth of the illegal drugs like Altuzan and MabThera. She then billed Medicare for the legal – and more expensive – American counterparts.

Federal health officials said patients at East Lake Oncology were unaware that for the past 6 years Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs and her staff were giving them cheaper, misbranded drugs that were not approved for use in the United States. She then billed the taxpayer-funded Medicare program and private insurance companies for the illegal prescriptions, falsifying that she was actually using the FDA-approved versions. Norbergs would then pocket the extra money.

Norbergs was found guilty in a jury trial last November. She was convicted of Drug Smuggling into the United States, Healthcare Fraud, Mail Fraud and Receiving Misbranded Medications.

“It doesn’t get much more serious than this . . . a physician giving unapproved drugs to cancer patients and billing Medicare as if she had provided FDA-approved drugs.”  (Shimon R. Richmond, special agent, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

So judge Moody ordered Norbergs to serve 70 months in federal prison, and she was ordered to repay the nearly $850,000 she stole from in Medicare. 

Her medical license was revoked last May, so don’t bother calling the “clinic” anymore, located at 4114 Woodlands Pkwy # 301, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

Phone: (727) 789-2595. (disconnected)

 

The doctor isn’t in today. And she won’t be in tomorrow, either.

Here’s another look:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/palm-harbor-oncologist-convicted-buying-unapproved-cancer-medications-foreign-sources

 

Florida Pediatrician Loses Medical License After Groping Teenage boy

It seems that a physician formerly on staff at Miami’s largest children’s hospital, no less – confessed last September to charges of attempted felony child abuse . And as a result, his medical license has finally been revoked by the Florida Board of Medicine, as of last Friday.

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Dr Robert Kemp Crockett of Coral Gables Florida. (photo by the Miami Herald)

There was no word from the state medical board as to why – after this embarrassing admission – that it would take a whopping 10 months to revoke the medical license of a physician pervert. But when it comes to doctors and discipline, state medical boards move with all the alacrity of the Queen Mary in a hurricane.

Doctor Robert Kemp Crockett, an ER child specialist, pleaded guilty in a North Carolina courtroom in July 2014, to taking “indecent liberties” with a 15-year-old boy, while they were on a family vacation to Brunswick County, North Carolina.

In exchange for his confession, Crockett, who also formerly worked at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, was sentenced to probation for 3 years and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. He will serve no time in jail because, well, he’s a doctor, get it?

Crockett, age 64, is a resident of Coral Gables.

A board-certified pediatrician, Crockett was fired by Miami Children’s Hospital in December 2014, after administrators first learned that he was accused of Statutory Rape.

Investigators in North Carolina learned of Crockett’s child abuse in August 2014, when they were called by the Professionals Resource Network.

Detectives learned that the doctor had told a PRN counselor that he had put his hands on the genitals of a teenage boy during a trip to North Carolina the prior month. Police then issued an arrest warrant.

At the time that PRN reported Crockett to police, he was already on a leave of absence from the children’s hospital in Miami. Counseling between medical practitioners and PRN is typically confidential, except for mandated reporting of issues involving the abuse of vulnerable adults and children.

PRN reports they council about 75 medical practitioners each month, in need of help with substance abuse and emotional issues.

Virginia MD, Charged With Nurses’ Murder, Released From Jail Pending Trial

In the city of Richmond a doctor believed to have killed his girlfriend will soon be released from jail because his murder trial has been delayed.

Dr John Gibbs

Dr John Elmore Gibbs

Doctor John E. Gibbs, age 39, is scheduled for release on September 1, because his murder trial in Chesterfield Circuit Court has been pushed back 90 days. According to the prosecution, the trial needed to be rescheduled so that an important witness will be available to testify against him. 

Gibbs, a pain management specialist, was arrested on March 14 at a ski slope. He has been charged with the murder of a nurse named Zulma Pabon, a coworker who disappeared in 2014 while living with the doctor. Ms. Pabon’s body was never found.

Zulma Pabon, age 26, was last seen alive on June 6, 2014, according to the Chesterfield County Police Department. The licensed practical nurse was leaving her job at Commonwealth Fertility and Women’s Health at St. Francis Medical Center.

Zulma Pabon

The missing nurse Zulma Pabon

At the bail hearing for the doctor on April 11 the prosecution revealed numerous strange details discovered during the investigation – all of which lead them to believe the physician killed the nurse: 

  • In the weeks before Ms. Pabon disappeared,  Gibbs performed searches on his home computer regarding the use of ether to cause unconsciousness.
  • In the days after the nurse went missing, the doctor went to a local Lowes home supply store and purchased 23 bottles of acid drain cleaner and a large trash container.
  • While Gibbs was unaware he was being followed by undercover law enforcement, detectives witnessed him driving to a large dumpster, miles away from his home, and dropping a large black trash bag. When police retrieved the bag, they found bedsheets from his home. 
  • After Gibbs moved from the home he’d shared with Pabon to another apartment, the doctor trashed his girlfriend’s belongings, including her jewelry, clothing and pictures of them together.
  • Detectives told the grand jury that even though the doctor referred to himself as Ms. Pabon’s boyfriend, he never reported her missing and refused to cooperate with police when they wanted to ask him questions about her disappearance. This, according to  reports CBS affiliate WTVR.

Investigators are convinced Ms Pabon is dead, although her body has not been found. They say the case is now classified as a ‘No Body’ Homicide.

NO BODY HOMICIDE (2)The murder trial – originally scheduled for July 31 – is expected to begin November 1.

Here’s more:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/virginia-doctor-charged-with-killing-his-long-missing-girlfriend-nurse-zulma-pabon/

 

 

 

 

Press Release: “The Paramedic Heretic” Exposes Curious Conundrums within EMS

The author was not even out of medical school before he witnessed his first doctor commit murder. It would not be his last – Lord, no – but he can recall that night as vividly as though it happened last week. Few medics forget their first physician homicide.

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heretic-cover-1When Patrick McDonald began rescue training in the 1970s, he was among the first paramedics in the nation, filled with the zeal to save lives in ways not imagined even a decade before. More than 20,000 911 calls later however, pride in his profession has eroded. So he turned to his three-decades of note-taking to scribe an imminently readable, jaw-dropping assessment of the power struggles within the cloistered world of rescue – a battle that sometimes has fatal consequences. He also defines what he calls the “Immutable Laws” that reign supreme in the business of saving lives.

McDonald, having experienced the trenches of rescue for more than 30 years, offers story after story in which rules and policy corrupt paramedic efficiency. He details some success stories, but reveals dozens of cases where the consequences of protocol short-circuit rescue efforts. In one fascinating case the author himself nearly lost his medical license because he authorized a non-EMS helicopter to fly out critically injured Girl Scouts in a Palm Springs bus tragedy – until the famous Sonny Bono (who had been on the disaster scene) saved the day.

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“The Paramedic Heretic” – a first-person account of San Diego’s PSA Flight #182 tragedy

“The Pedigree of a Paramedic Heretic: Immutable Laws and Ethical Illusions” reveals that time after time, saving lives is not rescue priority. Instead, following policies, ensuring team safety and avoiding lawsuits all trump patients’ lives. “Heretic” also points out numerous medical myths, such as ambulance sirens saving lives (they don’t); the “Golden Hour” of patient care (one doctor’s silly fantasy); and the futility, in many cases, of CPR. Some of the biggest problem areas, McDonald writes, are mistakes made in prescriptions; wholly unnecessary surgeries and flawed medical records.

That paramedics remain mute in the presence of incompetent or criminal physicians, for fear of losing their jobs, is a maddening reality. Saving lives, in the end, has become far more about capitalism and power struggles, than heroism.

Author K. Patrick McDonald knows of what he writes. He was appointed the first EMS supervisor for San Diego city and created one of the country’s first Special Trauma & Rescue teams. McDonald, a graduate of University of California, San Diego School of Medicine original advanced field medicine program, co-wrote the National Pool & Waterpark Lifeguard Training Manual. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Secret Service and Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix

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NYC Doctor and Wife Leap to Their Deaths in Suicide Pact

In downtown New York City a doctor and his wife jumped to their deaths from a Midtown high-rise early this morning. They each carried what is referred to by investigators as a ‘letter of intent’ that indicated they had serious financial problems, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.

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Doctor and wife’s bodies lay covered in the street early this morning in New York City. (photo by Seth Gottfried)

Doctor Glenn Scarpelli, age 53, and his wife Patricia Colant, age 50, apparently leaped from their 9th floor clinic, located in a 14-story business building at 33 Street and Madison Avenue. They are believed to have jumped from a window about 5:45 a.m.

“We had a wonderful life,” one of the notes said. It went on to reference to a, “financial spiral.”

Dr. Glen Scarpelli and his wife, Patricia, jumped to their deaths from a rooftop on 33rd St. on Friday.

Doctor Glenn Scarpelli

The couple worked together at Scarpelli’s chiropractic clinic, known as the Madison Wellness Center, where for a time former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre was a patient.

The ugly deaths in the street left the couple’s neighbors stunned. They were known to frequent neighborhood restaurants and bodegas and were well-liked. “He was the happiest guy you’d ever want to meet,” said Robert Bisaccia, who worked for an architectural firm in the same building.

The staff at Beckett’s Bar & Grill  was emotionally crushed by the news, the owner said sadly.

“He was a family man,” said a neighbor. “He always talked about his son and his daughter. I can’t comprehend why they did this.”

The boy is 19 and the daughter is 20. They are both college students.

The NYPD Head of Detectives, Robert Boyce, said the motives for the double suicide are not yet clear. “We just don’t know right now,” Boyce said.

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The Madison Avenue Wellness center was located on the 9th floor. (photo by Marcus Santos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nevada Immigrant Doctor Jorge Burgos Assaults 7 Patients; Get 7 Days in Jail. Ole!

(We are indebted to Charles Weston, DoctorWatchdog, for advising us of this case)

Yesterday in the city of Las Vegas a freaky physician was sentenced to a jaw-dropping 7 days in jail, after sexually assaulting 7 different women during medical exams at his clinic. And no, we’re not kidding.

 

Dr Jorge Burgos

“Are you going to get me in trouble for doing that?” (Doctor Jorge Burgos, to patient he had just assaulted in a Las Vegas exam room)

 

The punishment – if any normal person can call it that – for Doctor Jorge Burgos, means this lab coat lunatic will serve a whopping 1 day behind bars, for each of the attacks, in return for his confession of Gross Lewdness Involving Patients. 

“You are ordered to reflect, each day, about what you did to each of these women.” (Clark County District Judge Richard Scotti) 

Well, damn it, that oughta teach him. 

After the sentencing, Crane Pomerantz – and that would be the daffy doc’s lawyer – asked the judge if his medical miscreant client could serve his 7 days on weekends. Yeah, he really did. After all, his 168-hours behind bars shouldn’t have to be served all in a row. That might interfere with his appointment schedule. As is typical when it comes to weenie legal “punishment” of MDs meted out by the courts, the judge agreed. The last thing the judge would want to do is inconvenience a sexual predator.

“This event, this series of events, have caused Doctor Burgos great shame.” (Attorney Crane Pomerantz)

News flash: The idiot’s idiot behavior embarrassed him when people found out. Who knew?

The doctor, who was first arrested September 21 of last year, was handcuffed and taken away once again in October when more victims came forward . But his first known chimp-on-chocolate behavior was actually reported by a woman as far back as 2011. But no charges were filed and of course the nutcase continued on his merry way.

“You must take a 4-hour online course on “victim empathy” and attend therapy sessions.” (Judge Richard Scotti)

Well just grab your giggling guppies. That oughta teach him.

Bawdy Burgos, who has actually lived to be 50 without being throttled by a spouse of his victims,  was originally charged on 16 counts of Gross Lewdness. All but 3 charges were dropped when he agreed to confess.

According to the court record, at least 6 other women patients reported to Las Vegas Police that “the doctor kissed, groped and touched them inappropriately” while he supposedly performed physical exams at his clinic. 

One woman described an encounter when Burgos lifted her blouse, opened her bra and started kissing her breasts.  Complaints by other victims were similar in nature.

After this wholly ridiculous, slap on the poopy-butt sentencing, the doctor hugged his family and smiled for the cameras. He’ll be back to undressing patients on Monday morning. 

The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners website shows this medical moron as “a physician in good standing.”

Bad-boy Burgos’ clinic happens to be located at 1815 E Lake Mead Blvd, Suite 314, in North Las Vegas, Nevada 89030. If you or your family are in need of a doctor, you might want to make a note.

Our Observation:

Bad-boy Burgos is an excellent example of what is known in the halls of medicine as a Third World Assassin. He immigrated here from the Dominican Republic after attending the  University Nacional P H Urena in  Santa Domingo in the 1990s. Like many foreign-born MDs, he has found the U.S. system easy pickings for his perversions. In a sane society, this urban gorilla in a lab coat would have been deported immediately. Instead, he’ll lay low for a while and then his sexual exploits will be back in the news again.

Oh, you can count on it.

Here’s another peek at this rarely discussed problem of physician predators:

 

 

 

 

 

California State Agency Names Surgeons with Highest Patient Death Rate

“This is the first time California has ever reported the surgical mortality results for individual doctors. It will help patients choose better surgeons and a better hospitals, and will provide an incentive to improve quality care.” (Dr. David Carlisle, Director, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development)  

As of this month, California residents can now learn the names of both hospitals and surgeons that score higher or lower, when it comes to cardiac bypass death rates. 

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The Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development, which compiles statistics, now publishes coronary bypass death rates for 300 cardiac surgeons working at 120 hospitals. That’s the good news. The bad news is the most recent information covers surgeries performed in 2003-2004. In other words, the information is 14 years old.

The study was ordered by the California state legislature in 2003 and cost just under $2,000,000. It revealed that while 95% of California heart surgeons scored at, or about the expected, mortality average of 3% patient deaths, some performed considerably better, and some measurably worse.  As an example, Doctor Alexander Giritsky at La Jolla Scripps Memorial, was one of only 4 surgeons with the lowest heart bypass mortality rates. Not one of his 126 surgical patients died.

On the other end of the scale,  Doctor Jeffrey M. Rosenburg and Doctor Leland B. Housman were among the 12 physicians with the highest patient death rates. Rosenburg operated on 12 patients – 3 of whom died. Housman performed surgeries at Scripps Mercy in San Diego. Rosenburg operated at Palomar Medical Center Escondido. Housman operated on 140 patients – 9 of whom died during the reporting period.

By contrast, at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, a surgeon named Ismael Nuno tallied just under a 90% patient death rate.

About 400 patients each week undergo bypass surgery in California. Called a “cabbage” behind closed doors, the CABG procedure normally involves taking a blood vessel from the chest or leg and using it to create a new route for blood flow within the heart. 50% of these procedures are done on emergency patients.

It is important to note that dire surgical outcomes ought not be laid solely at the feet of the physicians. Some surgeons are quick to point out – and rightfully so – that their statistics are skewed from the start, because they are treating extremely sick patients to begin with, whose chances of surviving – especially in an emergency – are poor at best. Doctor Housman said it very well. “They died mainly because I accepted a mix of people who were older and sicker than most other surgeons are willing to take.”

Here’s another look:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-heart-surgeon-database-20170714-story.html