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Surgeon accused of botched surgery still practicing in Oakley

In California, he wrongly removed a female's leader. More surgery on the woman followed, including one where he probably left…

In California, he wrongly removed a female’s leader. More surgery on the woman followed, including one where he probably left her bowel without any connection. He also abandoned the permit.

In New York, where regulators were moved to take action based on his California problem, he also agreed to give up his license.

But in Ohio he has found a home.

His medical license here remains unattended, which allows Isaacs to work at an emergency care clinic in the Oakley area of ​​Cincinnati.

The submission of a license is often done in the face of overwhelming evidence of unprofessional behavior. 19659008] States may take action against physicians based on licenses taken elsewhere. But as with other questions in the doctor’s broken world, such a step is spooky. Some states do not even search for a national database of troubled physicians.

Further, voluntary licensing may mean that the public can not access information about what happened.

More than 250 doctors who handed a medical license were able to practice in another state, a survey of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, USA TODAY and MedPage Today Found.

“There seems to be an inconsistency and danger. As a doctor, I want our patients to be safe and I want these people not to practice,” said John Harris, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who has investigated how doctoral discipline varies from state to state. [19659008] In one third of the 250 cases, physicians who handed over their licenses could work elsewhere without any restrictions or disclosure, simply by changing their addresses.

The analysis was done using data provided by TruthMd, a private company that compiles information about doctors from thousands of sources, such as state medical boards and local courts. The analysis was limited to doctors who had acted by a government board recorded since 2013.

Isaacs said he gave upload their licenses in California, Louisiana and New York to avoid costly legal fights. F Arrow to defend his actions he gave letters from other doctors who said he had acted appropriately.

“I did not do anything wrong somewhere,” he said.

Confidentiality System Hides Issues

Transfers can be secretive – – left patients in the dark of what happened.

Cyril Raben left a trail of dead or injured patients across the Midwest.

Jerry Evans died in Ohio in Ohio after spinal surgery of Raben. Donna Marie Oeltjenburns lost more than 2.5 quarters of blood and blew to death when an artery was interrupted accidentally during the operation in Minnesota in 2009. Terry Paulino was paralyzed from the chest after surgery in Arkansas in 2007.

Raben agreed to give up his Ohio license in the face of state discipline. What he did to ask for the action is not clear. Ohio Medical Board will not release the discs.

As there was no hearing, the details of his case must remain confidential by law, said Ohio board spokesman Tessie Pollock.

“The permanent handover is an effective and definite tool for getting doctors immediately,” she said.

Other states canceled his license, but Raben could continue to practice in Arkansas. He died last year.

State jumping begins in California

Isaac’s problem began in California.

On May 4, 2009, a woman identified as “GG” was admitted to the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia with abdominal pain.

Isaacs suspected she had appendicit. The document says he failed to perform the correct diagnostic tests.

GG actually did not have an attachment.

Isaacs instead took out an ovarian tube, according to a document. Four days later, the hospital delivered her. 196,590 08] On February 6, 2010, she returned to the hospital and complained of abdominal pain. CT scans showed that she had two hernia.

Isaacs performed surgery.

Six days later, X-rays showed a rupture in the same area. The documents either say that there was a different, undiagnosed rupture, or if Isaac’s previous surgery was insufficient.

Again he worked.

In the next few days, CT scans showed that Isaacs had left part of her intestine without any connection, creating an environment that allows infection to occur, says documents.

Finally, on March 2, GG was transferred to another surgeon. California’s records do not indicate what happened to G. G.

Isaacs said she’s doing well. He acknowledged that she later sentenced him to a $ 310,000 deal. He said he told the insurance company to settle.

In 2014, the GG closed the case before California’s Medical Board, when Isaacs was accused of gross negligence and incompetence.

Isaacs only acknowledged insufficient registration. He agreed to hand over his California license in 2016.

In January 2012, as Isaacs met with potential discipline in California, he moved to Bastrop, La., And went to work at Morehouse General Hospital as a surgeon.

Shortly thereafter, Isaac’s Louisiana Board announced that a hospital in the state had revoked its privileges.

The Louisiana Board ultimately considered Isaacs that he had not acknowledged that he had removed a healthy kidney from a patient during colon surgery.

Isaacs denied the assertion. But in autumn 2013, he agreed to hand over his Louisiana license.

He told the board that he had moved to New York. He abandoned his license there in 2017.

Isaacs is currently working at Tri-State Urgent Care on Ridge Avenue in Oakley.

Regarding privacy rules, Tessie Pollock, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Medical Board, would not say why the Board has not taken action against him.

In an interview and e-mail, Isaacs offered a detailed defense of his behavior in the three states where he no longer can practice.

He said a major reason to give up his licenses in California, Louisiana and New York was the cost of defending claims, including paying attorneys who charged hundreds of dollars an hour. He also claimed that the system was rigid against him.

He said he did not leave the intestinal tract from California’s patient, G.G, unintended, as the medical board claimed. He said sutures broke down, causing the intestines to leak.

Settlement of GG’s trial?

He said it was because it would be difficult to win a trial because many lawyers would have been Spanish-speaking and identified with the patient.

In the Louisiana case, denied Isaac’s statements and said he wrongly dictated the operation in the journal. If he had dictated it properly, he said it would have been clear that the removal of the kidney was justified.

Isaacs said that Ohio is the only state to fully investigate all cases and the conclusion that he should be allowed to practice. [19659008] Still, he said he no longer performs operations.

“This was my last stop,” he said. “I’m 64 years old. I’m just working as a doctor and trying to live for my last years at peace.”

John Fauber is a reporter for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Matt Wynn is a reporter for USA Today. This story was reported as a joint project by Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today, which provides a clinical perspective for doctors to break medical news at

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