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Justinian Lane

Hepatitis C Doctor was the largest supporter of medical malpractice "reform" in Nevada

There's a very lengthy article about Dr. Dipak Desai of Las Vegas Hepatitis fame at the Las Vegas Review Journal.  Here are some interesting parts:

"The first hint of trouble in Desai's medical practice also surfaced in the 1980s. Judy Witman, one of his medical technicians, said she became concerned about the physician's work, even as his reputation grew and his practice became busier and busier.

"Everybody thought he was this great physician," she said in a phone interview from her Pennsylvania home. "But he wouldn't allow us to properly clean the scopes (used in colonoscopies) because he was in a hurry to get patients through to make more money. He was so cheap. There was always blood and stool on them" after they were washed. "It was disgusting."

Witman, who now works for a Pennsylvania hospital, said she quit her job at Desai's clinic after a few months and notified the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners about Desai's behavior in 1989.

She said she never received a return call.

"This terrible thing that happened might not have if they had listened to me," she said."

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His contribution to the Keep Our Doctors in Nevada lobbying effort -- the $25,000 donation was the largest in the state -- paid off as voters agreed with physicians that it should be much more difficult for individuals to sue doctors for malpractice. (Emphasis added.)

Source: ReviewJournal.com - News - DR. DESAI'S RISE AND FALL

It truly adds insult to injury that this guy used the fees of patients he exposed to Hepatitis in order to promote damage caps that would punish those patients even further. 

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Jul 08, 2008 in Civil Justice | Medical Malpractice
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It's clear that the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners remains just as corrupt as it was when Desai was a member (1993-2001). Board President Javaid Anwar was a paid consultant to Desai and his company, Quality Care Consultants, gave Desai's clinic a clean bill of health at the same time that the Dept. of Public Health was uncovering unsafe practices there. Moreover, just as Desai was overseeing medical malpractice cases in a clear conflict of interest during his time on the board, Daniel McBride, who presently serves on the malpactice committee, simultaneously served as chairman of Nevada Mutual Insurance, where he labored to quash complaints from injured patients and, of course, championed NV's draconian tort reform.

Remarkably, none of the clashing interests that characterize board members' backgrounds prevented them from becoming the only medical board in the country to award its members continuing medical education credits in ethics--of all things--as a perk attached to their service. For more info on medical misconduct in NV, visit http://faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/NSBME.htm, an academic web site not affiliated with any professional group or agency.

Posted by: susanekg | July 11, 2008 2:57 PM