Chief Surgeon Kenneth Bradley was fac...

Chief Surgeon Kenneth Bradley was facing third discipline hearing

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mike

Georgetown, Canada

#1 Apr 13, 2014
Chief Surgeon
Milton District Hospital

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Thestar.com/Finally , surgeon barred for years of negligence
www.thestar.com , 11 June 2002 [cached]
Kenneth Bradley was facing third discipline hearing
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It took nearly two decades, three disciplinary hearings and the negligent deaths of at least seven patients before the province's medical watchdog finally stripped Kenneth Bradley of his licence to practice yesterday - for good.
Bradley, chief surgeon at Milton District Hospital from 1977 to 1988, left more than a dozen patients injured, maimed or dead after botched surgeries, misdiagnoses and negligence over the past 20 years.
Yet it was only yesterday - his third appearance before the disciplinary committee of the province's College of Physicians and Surgeons - that he was finally forced to surrender his licence.
Dressed in a baby blue suit and pink tie, Bradley pleaded "no contest" to charges of professional misconduct and failing to maintain "the standard of practice of the profession," related to the death of a 64-year-old female patient in 1993.
The college's disciplinary committee found him guilty after only a few moments of deliberation.
Bradley received a behind-closed-doors reprimand from the college committee and signed a written undertaking - which was not released to the public - stating he would never apply for licence reinstatement in Ontario.
Normally, doctors who are stripped of their licence to practice medicine can apply for reinstatement after a year.
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Following the hearing, Bradley, who is retired and spending most of the year living on a yacht in the Caribbean, said he now feels "closure."
"It happened back in 1993, you know.You've got to move on with your life."
The death followed a May, 1993, bowel operation in Georgetown Memorial and District Hospital.The condition of his patient, whose name is protected by a publication ban, quickly deteriorated.
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This was the third disciplinary case involving Bradley to be heard by the college in Ontario.He was found guilty of failing to maintain the standard of practice in a 1987 case involving the death of a patient following a lung lesion operation that featured an "indefensible procedure," and again in 1995 following the death of a colon cancer patient.
That second disciplinary hearing was triggered by an operation he performed in the same hospital just a month before the death of the 64-year-old woman in 1993.
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"The hospital knew there was trouble (with Bradley) at the time," recalls Sue McGowan, Carlo's daughter.
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Bradley never met those restrictions.
He fled Ontario before his second disciplinary hearing was held and obtained a licence in Virginia to continue practicing there as a surgeon.
The Star reported last year that the college did not provide Virginia medical officials with any information about Bradley's disciplinary history, despite being aware he was moving to the state.
Bradley's pattern of ineptitude, unknown to Virginia licensing officials, continued.By June, 1996, four of his Virginia patients had died as a result of substandard care and another two had been medically mistreated, according to a Virginia medical board committee report.
Among the list of bizarre cases was a 71-year-old patient who received a gallbladder operation from Bradley in 1996.Records show the surgeon was "unable to identify the gallbladder" during the operation.It turns out, there was no gallbladder.It had been removed 26 years earlier.
Facing threat of another disciplinary hearing in Virginia in 2000, he agreed to surrender his licence there.
Thestar.com/Watchdog didn't stop `Butcher Bradley'
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Watchdog didn't stop `Butcher Bradley'.
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As far back as 1980 , Dr. Kenneth Bradley was injuring his patients.By 1984 , patients were dying.
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mike

Georgetown, Canada

#2 Apr 13, 2014
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When Bradley applied for his Virginia licence , he filled out a form that asks about his professional history , including whether any disciplinary action was pending against him - as it was at the time.
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But state documents reveal Bradley never owned up to his past.
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Records show Bradley was ``unable to identify the gallbladdar'' during the operation.
That's because it wasn't there.
Hospital records showed the man's gallbladder had been removed 26 years earlier.
An 87-year-old woman who received treatment Virginia officials called ``contrary to sound medical judgment'' died of cardiac arrest following an operation the same year.
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A few months later , a 68-year-old man died of respiratory arrest following surgery by Bradley.The fourth patient , a 73-year-old woman , also died following surgery.
On June 8 , 1996 , nine months after the Ontario college found Bradley guilty in Carlo's case , his privileges at the R. J. Reynolds-Patrick County Memorial Hospital were suspended , based on ``quality assessments'' and ``possible inappropriate surgery ,'' Virginia medical board documents show.
He resigned from the hospital four days later.
A month after leaving the Virginia hospital , Bradley applied for a medical licence from the Alaska State Medical Board.In that application , the surgeon makes no mention of his problems in Virginia.
He does concede he was called before two disciplinary hearings in Ontario , explaining that in the case of Carlo's death , he ``responded as quickly as possible but unfortunately , Mr. Carlo's demise was inevitable.''.
But three months later , Bradley wrote the Alaska board , saying his career in surgery had come to an end - not because of his disciplinary record but because he had severed three fingers with a chainsaw.
The next month , the Alaska board turned him down , citing ``the findings of the Ontario licensing authority of professional misconduct.''.
However , Bradley had already moved to rural Northern Neck in Virginia where he began a family practice , despite having ``no formal training in family practice medicine ,'' Virginia documents state.
Bradley remained in practice until January , 2000 , when Virginia authorities delivered a scathing indictment of his medical mistreatment of patients.In exchange for surrendering his licence , Virginia agreed not to commence a disciplinary hearing.
Bradley sold his house in Virginia last year.His whereabouts remain unknown.
When told of Bradley's record in Virginia , Carlo's daughter pauses , then utters one word :``Shameful.''.
The Ontario college ``let this guy loose.
Thestar.com/ARCHIVE : May articles
www.tsnl.com , 24 Jan 2001 [cached]
`Butcher' Bradley has retired to secluded cottage splendour May.20, 2001.01:50 AM
PEMBROKE, Ont.- Kenneth Bradley has left the dead, injured and maimed who suffered beneath his surgical knife far behind him.[Full Story]
How the medical system failed women for 7 years May.19, 2001.10:03 AM
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Sunday: MD known as 'Butcher Bradley' found May.18, 2001.08:26 PM
The Star has tracked down Dr. Kenneth Bradley, whose record of medical practice includes incidents of negligence that caused at least six deaths and numerous injuries.Read what Dr. Bradley says about his record as a surgeon in The Star on Sunday, or at the star.com/doctors .[Full Story]
Whitby obstetrician hit by lawsuit May.12, 2001.09:58 AM
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As far back as 1980, Dr. Kenneth Bradley was injuring his patients.By 1984, patients were dying.In all, Bradley - who was chief surgeon at Milton District Hospital from 1977 to 1988 - left more than a dozen patients injured, maimed or dead after botched surgeries, misdiagnoses and negligence over the past 20 years.[Full Story]
Keeping patients in the dark May.5, 2001.05:33 AM
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Milton surgeon Dr. Kenneth Bradley was found guilty of medical negligence twice - in 1987 and again in 1995 - in cases where patients were injured or died.Bradley kept his licence
peter

Georgetown, Canada

#4 Apr 13, 2014
Despite the lawsuits , Bradley didn't appear on the college's radar screen until he mishandled two more surgeries in 1984.
In one case , he performed surgery to remove a cancerous mass without first conducting proper tests.It turned out there was no cancerous mass..
In the second case investigated by the college , Bradley performed a radical surgery for a lung lesion , surgery that ``was inappropriate and/or unwarranted in circumstances ,'' the college ruled in a 1987 decision on both cases.To compound the error , Bradley severed a major artery , considered by the college an ``indefensible procedure.'' The patient died a week later in a Toronto hospital.
The college disciplinary panel found Bradley guilty of professional misconduct for committing ``serious errors of surgical judgment'' and showing ``a lack of prudence and a cavalier disregard for his patients' best interests.''.
The penalty was a reprimand and a two-year licence suspension , which he never served.The college lifted the suspension immediately in exchange for Bradley's agreement to have his practice inspected annually for two years.That opened the door to more medical tragedies.
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Finally , Bradley referred Hamilton to a Toronto hospital.
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It was Carlo's death in 1993 that brought Bradley before the college disciplinary committee a second time.
The Milton contractor , 68 , went under Bradley's knife after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
Following the operation , his blood pressure plunged , and nurses had to frantically pump blood into his veins throughout the day to keep him alive.All the while , making numerous calls were made to Bradley , urging him to return to his patient.
When the surgeon finally arrived , he failed to diagnose the seriousness of his patient's condition.
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It took the college two years to decide Bradley had ``failed to maintain the standard of practice.''.
The college accepted expert testimony that Bradley should have attended his patient by 3 : 15 p.m. on the afternoon when Carlo needed resuscitation.The surgeon didn't arrive until 5 : 45 p.m..
And his arrival did little to help his patient.
In its Sept 8 , 1995 decision , the college found that Bradley misdiagnosed and failed to ``appreciate the seriousness'' of Carlo's condition , and that his actions represented ``more than a mere error in judgment that could reasonably have been made a competent physician.''.
His penalty wasn't decided until Nov. 30 , 1995.College lawyers wanted Bradley's licence stripped , arguing that his conduct represented ``the most serious of cases of failure to meet the standards of the profession.''.
But there was no licence revocation , even though the college acknowledged Bradley ``has serious shortcomings in the areas of surgical judgment and knowledge.''.
The college ordered him to complete a 12-month course in surgery and prohibited him from practising alone in Ontario.
However , college officials were told by Bradley's lawyer that the surgeon had moved to Virginia and had ``no intention of returning.''.
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When Bradley applied for his Virginia licence , he filled out a form that asks about his professional history , including whether any disciplinary action was pending against him - as it was at the time.
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But state documents reveal Bradley never owned up to his past.
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Records show Bradley was ``unable to identify the gallbladdar'' during the operation.
That's because it wasn't there.
Hospital records showed the man's gallbladder had been removed 26 years earlier.
An 87-year-old woman who received treatment Virginia officials called ``contrary to sound medical judgment'' died of cardiac arrest following an operation the same year.
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A few months later , a 68-year-old man died of respiratory arrest following surgery by Bradley.The fourth patient , a 73-year-old woman , also died following surgery.
On June 8 , 1996 , nine months after the Ontario college found Bradley guilty in Carlo's case , his privileges at the R. J. Reynolds-Patrick
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