A Maryland hospital has been sued in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 100 women who were patients of an OB-GYN at the hospital who used a fake name to obtain hospital privileges and to treat patients that included gynecological examinations and delivering babies. The plaintiffs allege that the Maryland hospital failed to conduct a proper background check of the OB-GYN and allowed him to provide medical services at the Maryland hospital for five years before his privileges were revoked in 2016, following his indictment on federal fraud charges.
The OB-GYN reportedly pleaded guilty to the federal fraud charge in November 2016, admitting to using three different names to apply for four different Social Security numbers in order to apply for medical certifications and his medical license. The OB-GYN reportedly had a false passport, false visa, false birth certificate, and false immigration documents. He reportedly was found to have forged or altered his medical transcripts, his medical diploma, and letters of recommendation.
The disgraced OB-GYN arrived in the United States in October 1991 on a non-immigrant visa. A month after his arrival in the U.S., he obtained fraudulent Social Security numbers and assumed the identity of another person, which he reportedly repeated again in 1995 and in 1998, according to the plaintiffs’ lawsuit.
The Maryland class-action lawsuit filed against the Maryland hospital alleges that the miscreant OB-GYN failed the exam for his foreign medical graduate certification in both 1992 and 1993, but later successfully obtained the required certification for foreign medical graduates. However, his certification was revoked in 1995 after it was discovered that the OB-GYN had used different names and different dates of birth in applying for and obtaining the certification, according to the Maryland class-action lawsuit.
The Maryland lawsuit alleges that a hospital in New Jersey subsequently kicked him out of its residency program when it was discovered that the OB-GYN had used a fraudulent Social Security number and false date of birth when he applied to the hospital. The lawsuit reportedly also alleges that the OB-GYN submitted an application for a Medicare claim in 2012 that was rejected because the Social Security number associated with the application belonged to someone else.
The defendant hospital filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it, claiming that the OB-GYN was a licensed Maryland doctor despite his use of a false name, and that the OB-GYN was “experienced and competent in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology.” The defendant hospital further asserts that the OB-GYN had the appropriate certificates to practice medicine in Maryland, had successfully completed a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology (and was named Resident of the Year during the final year of his residency), was Board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and was a licensed physician in both Maryland and Virginia during the entire time he provided medical services to patients at the defendant hospital.
The defendant hospital therefore argues that the patients whom the OB-GYN treated were not harmed even though they knew him by a different name: the OB-GYN “was a trained, licensed, and qualified obstetrician and gynecologist during the entire period he had privileges to practice at [the defendant hospital].”
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