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Surgeon facing both civil and federal charges flees country

New scientific breakthroughs in the field of medicine offer newer and often better treatment alternatives to Providence patients all of the time. Yet many of these advances in treatment methodologies and technologies can take a while to gain footing within the medical community. Others, despite initial indications of success, end up doing more harm than good and quickly fall out of favor with doctors. Yet there are often certain providers that choose to employ some these unconventional methods and tools despite their lack of support from their colleagues. When they produce the desired results, these doctors and surgeons are heralded as innovators. However, when they don't, they open themselves up to issues of liability.

Such is the case with a surgeon who recently fled to his native Pakistan after both federal and civil surgical malpractice charges were brought against him for procedures that he performed for patients throughout the Midwest. A civil attorney has already filed 175 lawsuits against him, with another 230 expected to be brought later this year. Meanwhile, the government has accused him of performing countless unnecessary surgeries and knowingly billing for fraudulent services. Those charges carry with them the potential of a 125-year prison sentence.

For his part, the doctor has defended his methods. Yet other surgeons have cited his propensity to perform extra procedures as well as his use of unsafe surgical products and techniques as the cause behind the continued pain and often worsened condition experienced by many of his patients.

A surgeon requires a certain amount of confidence in his or her methods in order to effectively serve his or her patients. Yet if that confidence is misguided and patients allegedly suffer because of it, than he or she may be open to criticism and potential legal action being taken against him or her. Those needing assistance in initiating such action may find it in the form of a personal injury attorney.

Source: WCPO "Dr. Atiq Durrani: Fellow spine doctor Keith Wilkey testifies for patient in lawsuit against Durrani" Greg Noble, Jan. 09, 2013 

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