On September 2, 2013, 44-year-old former New York orthopedic surgeon Dr. Spyros Panos surrendered his medical license, closing the last chapter of his disgraced medical career that had ended with charges filed by the New York Office of Professional Medical Conduct that alleged that Dr. Panos had engaged in medical fraud and medical negligence between 2007 and 2010. In surrendering his New York medical license, Dr. Panos effectively admitted that he had engaged in medical misconduct.
Dr. Panos was fired by his employer, Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 2011. More than 250 medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against Dr. Panos that allege that he performed unnecessary surgeries, that he “pretended” to perform surgeries, and that he negligently performed other surgeries. Many of Dr. Panos’ surgeries were performed at Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York. Some of the medical malpractice claims against Dr. Panos allege that his misconduct resulted in death (for example, one medical malpractice claim against Dr. Panos alleges that his patient died less than 24 hours after he allegedly performed “phantom” surgery on her knee).
It is alleged that Dr. Panos scheduled as many as 22 surgeries per day, whereas most orthopedic surgeons in the United States perform no more than 32 surgeries per month.
The New York Office of Professional Medical Conduct (“OPMC”) issued a Statement of Charges in mid-2013 in which it alleged that from 2007 through 2010, Dr. Panos failed to render appropriate care; failed to maintain an adequate, complete, and accurate medical record; and, submitted bills for payment for medical services when he was not in fact entitled to such payment, with regard to each of seven named patients. Dr. Panos filed an application with the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (“BPMC”) dated August 9, 2013 in which he sought to voluntarily surrender his medical license, acknowledging that “I cannot successfully defend against at least one of the acts of misconduct alleged,” which the OPMC accepted on August 22, 2013. The BPMC issued its Surrender Order on August 25, 2013, which resulted in Dr. Panos officially surrendering his medical license on September 2, 2013.
Twenty-two surgeries per day? How did this singular fact not raise concerns and result in a timely investigation of Dr. Panos by the medical practice that employed him, by the hospital(s) where he performed surgeries, by the various operating room personnel where allegedly “phantom” surgeries were performed, by the billing personnel at both his employer and the hospital(s) where Dr. Panos’ billings were so much greater than all of the other surgeons, or result in much earlier disciplinary action by state medical authorities that could have saved many of Dr. Panos’ patients from the egregious results of his misconduct?
We refrain from applauding the OPMC and the BPMC in the Panos disciplinary matter unless and until we learn of additional facts that they acted timely and appropriately to protect the public (“The mission of the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) is to protect the public by investigating professional discipline issues involving physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants.”). Source
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