Send your comments and tips to email@example.com
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Ctr.
Boston Medical Center
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance
Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Ctr.
Children's Hospital Boston
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Joslin Diabetes Center
Mass. General Hospital
Mass. Health Law
New England Baptist Hospital
Short White Coat
Tufts-New England Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center
University of Massachusetts
VA Medical Centers
A Healthy Blog
Running A Hospital
Nature Network Boston
SciBos - Corie Lok's blog
Nurse at small
Dr. Gwenn Is In
Healthy Children blog
Other Globe Blogs
Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Boston Globe Health and Science staff:
Karen Weintraub, Deputy Health and Science Editor, and Gideon Gil, Health and Science Editor.
Short White Coat blogger Ishani Ganguli
Short White Coat blogger Jennifer Srygley
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Surgeon barred in Mass. resigns in Illinois case, Tribune reports
A surgeon barred last year from practicing in Massachusetts after he was accused of providing "grossly substandard care," resulting in deaths and life-threatening complications, was operating on veterans at an Illinois hospital until last month, today's Chicago Tribune reports.
Dr. Jose Veizaga-Mendez resigned from the Marion VA Medical Center in Southern Illinois on Aug. 13, three days after one of his patients there bled to death after routine gallbladder surgery, the story says. Shortly after, inpatient surgeries were suspended at the hospital because a computer analysis had uncovered a spike in its number of post-surgical deaths.
In Massachusetts, the Board of Registration in Medicine last year accused Veizaga-Mendez of failing to report malpractice cases in which he was a named defendant, and of providing woefully inferior care to seven patients, according to the Tribune. He surrendered his Massachusetts medical license voluntarily in July 2006.
Yet the doctor continued to perform surgeries at the Marion VA, where he had been practicing since January of that year, the Tribune says. Veizaga-Mendez continues to hold a valid license to practice in the state of Illinois, though the state was alerted more than a year ago that he had surrendered his license in Massachusetts, where he had an office in Mansfield.