Surgeon Accused of Faking Operations in New York

Posted: September 6, 2013 in News
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dr. spyros panosDr. Spyros Panos, who formerly worked for the Mid Hudson Medical Group in New York surrendered his license to practice medicine this week following charges of medical misconduct.  The orthopedic surgeon is accused of faking operations.  He has admitted guilt in some of the cases pending.  Panos faced at least 250 counts brought by the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct involving fraud and negligence between 2007 and 2011.  Panos, 44, wrote in his response to the license surrender order, that he failed to render appropriate care, didn’t maintain accurate medical records, and submitted bills for 7 patients for which he was not entitled to be paid.  The response also said that Panos cannot “successfully defend against” at least one of the alleged acts “in full satisfaction of the charges” and that surrendering his license allowed him to “resolve this matter without the various risks and burdens of a hearing…”

Panos is accused in lawsuits of performing botched or unnecessary surgeries on patients or pretending that he performed a surgery that he never actually did.  The Federation of State Medical Boards, which represents 70 state medical boards, reported that of the 750,000 physicians in the U.S., 1,905 lost their licenses in 2011.  185 of those were in New York State where 88,000 physicians practice.  Panos was terminated from his employer, Mid Hudson Medical Group, in 2011 and is also the subject of a criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“I’m glad someone finally stopped him,” said Debra Cole, a retired telephone company technician who is suing Panos for allegedly performing two faked knee surgeries and causing her years of unnecessary pain.

Debra Nenni McNamee, whose mother, Constance Nenni, died less than 24-hours after having an alleged “phantom” knee surgery performed by Panos said, “Now maybe the other medical professionals and facilities involved who allowed him to do what he did will be held accountable or come forward to prove they are not guilty.”

Arthur Caplin, the director of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center and a former representative on the New York State Medical Licensing Board, said he is troubled by the fact that no one else is under investigation, “You can’t perform this many suspect surgeries without the cooperation of many other people.”  Panos, allegedly, used his patients for their money.  He scheduled as many as 22 surgeries a day.  The average orthopedic surgeon schedules 32 surgeries a month, according to reported figures.  The Poughkeepsie Journal wrote about the first few lawsuits filed in 2010, afterwhich, clients flooded into the office of Brian Brown and J.T. Wisell, attorneys on the case.  The journalist, Sarah Bradshaw, said she was tipped off about the case by an anonymous source.  Panos still has a license to practice medicine in Virginia.  He is legally obligated to inform the Virginia State Board of his legal situation.


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