There is no word yet surrounding the fate of an ESPN's medical examiner, who specializes in sports medicine and has served as the chief medical officer for several of ESPN's X Games. In July 2012, he came under scrutiny after the California medical board accused him of gross medical negligence for a 2007 hip surgery. As of early February, a hearing had not been scheduled for the case.
But this isn't the first medical malpractice accusation the doctor has faced in his lifetime. According to court records, he has been charged with at least 23 incidences of medical malpractice or negligence since 1998. In the past two years, he has even lost two med-mal suits, which resulted in $7.4 million in damages that were awarded to the victim.
On countless occasions the doctor has been cited for failing to keep accurate and updated medical records and was reprimanded last year for failing to disclose that he had been convicted of drunk driving in 2007.
Although numerous athletes have stepped up to defend the doctor during the course of the case, some experts point out that the board's contemplation to take away the doctor's license means something fairly significant. In light of so many medical-malpractice accusations, the board must feel that enough of a safety concern has been raised to feel that the doctor is not able to provide a standard of care that would not put a patient's life at risk.
It's situations like this that have California residents on edge; because if one doctor is accused of putting a patient in harm's way, what's stopping another doctor from doing the same thing?
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