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Whistleblower Lawsuit Involving Hoag And Spine Surgeon Heads To Arbitration

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a renowned orthopedic spine surgeon alleging that hospital giant Hoag Memorial put profits over patient care at one of its surgery centers is headed for arbitration. Hooman Melamed, M.D. claims that patient care was compromised and unnecessary surgeries were performed.

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by an internationally renowned orthopedic spine surgeon alleging that hospital giant Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian put profits over patient care at one of its surgery centers is headed for arbitration. Hooman Melamed, M.D. claims that Hoag Orthopedic Institute (formerly Diagnostic and Interventional Surgical Center) in Marina Del Rey, California compromised patient care by increasing its volume of aggressive, unnecessary spine surgeries that resulted in an uptick in revision procedures to correct the problems.

In addition, he alleges that Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) instituted several cost-cutting measures including hiring less experienced (and lower wage) surgical staff and routinely scheduling aggressive, complex surgeries in the late afternoon and early evening hours — a practice Melamed says set the stage for mistakes due to staff exhaustion. Also, HOI allowed one practitioner to perform two surgeries simultaneously in 2 separate operating rooms, which led to a serious potential life-threatening injury.

When Melamed lodged these complaints, he says he was retaliated against and eventually ousted from the practice he co-founded in 2007.

“I really hoped this case would be heard by a jury rather than through arbitration as the public have a right to know about this potentially deadly phenomenon in our healthcare system,” says Melamed. “When corporations and practitioners put profits over patients, the quality of care deteriorates. It’s that simple.”

Melamed alleges to have witnessed numerous instances in which the practice was being transformed into a “surgery mill.” Among his allegations:

· To increase volume, one of his colleagues performed surgery on 2 patients simultaneously, which led to a serious potential life-threatening injury

· One surgeon in particular regularly performed unnecessary surgeries and/or more aggressive procedures than were medically necessary

· A growing number of revision surgeries had to be performed due to an uptick in post-op complications

· Inexperienced (and lower paid) nurses made multiple mistakes, putting patients needlessly at risk of complications

· Lack of pre-surgery review and a rush to get patients under the knife

· Lack of appropriate peer review for catastrophic patient complications

Melamed has become an internationally renowned specialist due to his ability to perform complex cases. Inducted into the “Leading Physicians in the World, National Castle Connolly "Top Doctor" and Southern California "Super Doctors,” he lectures worldwide before colleagues in his field, has published numerous research papers in prestigious medical journals and shared his expertise as a guest on national and local media. His nonprofit, “Back To Yo u" has helped treat those who do not have the resources nor medical insurance to treat their spine conditions.

Since his ouster from Hoag, Melamed has set up his own practice at 9777 Wilshire Blvd, #808, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. For more information, visit or call 424-21-SPINE (424-217-7463).


Contact Info:
Name: Frank Groff
Email: Send Email
Organization: Hooman Melamed, MD
Address: 9777 Wilshire Blvd Suite 808, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, United States
Phone: +1-562-225-9981

Source: PressCable

Release ID: 89106726

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