Many Pittsburgh residents have heard the reports of people who have suffered from surgical errors. Many times these surgical errors are preventable and cause great harm to patients. A surgeon in the Cleveland area has been found guilty of performing unnecessary procedures on dozens of patients in order to collect insurance payments.
A surgeon in Westlake, a suburb of Cleveland, was found guilty last Friday of performing unnecessary procedures on his patients. He had performed dozens of unnecessary stent insertions, tests, catheterizations and caused unnecessary bypass surgeries to be performed. He went to great lengths to overbill insurers to over $7 million dollars. He preyed on a vulnerable population including elderly patients.