Spine surgeon's medical license suspended in Kentucky

A few weeks ago, we told you about a spinal surgeon who practiced in Kentucky and Ohio that was indicted on 36 counts of various health care fraud crimes. In addition, the surgeon has had over 160 personal injury lawsuits filed against him, with many former patients claiming they were subjected to unnecessary surgeries and other medical procedures.

Kentucky's medical board, in response to the indictment, has now suspended the surgeon's medical license. The surgeon's attorney said that they plan to appeal the suspension; however, because it is a "summary suspension," the appeal won't be considered until the criminal case against his client is over.

The indictment charges the surgeon with attempting or performing unnecessary surgeries and making false diagnoses in order to bill public and private health care companies and agencies for millions of dollars in services dating back as far as 2008. In addition, the indictment alleges that the surgeon signed several prescription pads for use while he was out of the country. Specifically, the prescription pads were used to prescribe Oxycodone to a dozen patients.

If convicted, the surgeon could face up to a 125-year prison sentence. The indictment also calls for the surgeon to forfeit all of the money he made during the scam.

The surgeon doesn't have privileges at any of the hospitals he once worked for, including Good Samaritan, Deaconess, West Chester Hospital UC Health and Children's Hospital.

Doctor errors that occur by mistake are one thing. Intentionally inflicting pain through surgery and other unnecessary procedures is another. Those that were injured because of the doctor's greed are seeking compensation for a variety of claims. If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical negligence, you have the right to seek compensation as well.

Source: wcpo.com, "Dr. Atiq Durrani: Kentucky suspends license of Mason spine doctor facing federal charges" Greg Noble, Nov. 08, 2013

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