Monday, November 22, 2010

Cardiologist Accused by Texas Medical Board of Performing Unnecessary Heart Procedures


There are several professions whose members can say that they literally or figuratively hold the lives of others in their hands every day. There are judges who must determine if a convicted murderer should be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in jail. There can be that one special teacher who motivates a child to go to college instead of drop out of school. And, members of our armed forces wake up every day with the charge of defending the lives of millions of people they will never meet. Another professional who regularly makes life-altering decisions is a doctor. And, when a physician is accused of making a fatal error, the consequences can be severe.

Dr. Samuel DeMaio, a prominent cardiologist in Austin, is being accused by the Texas Medical Board of performing unnecessary heart procedures on eight patients, with one patient dying following his time in Dr. DeMaio's care. In addition, five patients (it is not unclear whether or not they are among the patients) mentioned in the charges brought by the Medical Board) have filed malpractice suits in Travis County.

Dr. DeMaio is said to have planted multiple unneeded stints in more than one patient, performed x-rays that were not necessary, implanted an unneeded defibrillator, and made other poor medical decisions. The doctor has responded by saying that the procedures were necessary to deal with the complex circumstances and that he is only facing charges because his competition is angry about his plans to open a new hospital in 2012. We will have to wait and see on whose side the evidence falls.

If you are a medical professional and your record is being brought before the Texas Medical Board, you must seek experienced legal counsel to help you through the process. Your reputation and the career that you may have spent decades establishing are on the line. At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys who have a strong background in appearing before the Texas Medical Board and they are ready to help you. Please contact our office today.

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