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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Milford hospital surgery error leads to license suspension


The state Board of Registration in Medicine yesterday suspended the license of a surgeon who mistakenly removed an 84-year-old woman's right kidney instead of her gallbladder.

During the surgery in June at Milford Regional Medical Center, Dr. Patrick M. McEnaney misinterpreted test results designed to help guide surgeons when the patient has internal bleeding and swelling, according to the board's order, leading him to believe he was operating on the patient's gallbladder.

The board indefinitely suspended McEnaney's license, but stayed the suspension because he entered a probation agreement that will require a UMass Memorial Medical Center surgeon to monitor many of his surgeries, among other requirements. McEnaney, 34, is also on staff at UMass Memorial.

-- Globe City & Region staff

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