Hospital reinstates neurosurgeon in a...

Hospital reinstates neurosurgeon in anesthesia incident

There are 30 comments on the Newsday story from May 13, 2009, titled Hospital reinstates neurosurgeon in anesthesia incident. In it, Newsday reports that:

One of the two North Shore University Hospital neurosurgeons who failed to operate on an anesthetized patient lying on the operating table has been reinstated.

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NSUH Avenger

Oceanside, NY

#1 May 13, 2009
Ahhh the Northshore spin cycle is working overtime... The main procedure here was the VP shunt (the neuro procedure).. It was a gross dereliction to move the patient into the room without the primay surgeon being there. Jennifer Ronco has already publlicallly stated (Daily News, 5/12/09- sorry Newsday) that she expected Bolognese to operate, was in fact patient of Milhorat as well and was lied to by Northshore and Bolognese.

This was a gross system error compounded by arrogance and a Northshore culture that promotes a double standard of care. Despite the propoganda, they do not promote a culture of safety, quality or even profits, but one of power, egotism and nepotism.When the dust settles, they need a complete house cleaning starting with the Chairman of The Board of Trustees, the CEO of the NSLIJ Health System, the CEO of NSUH and LIJ as well as the CMO and Chairs of Anesthesia and Neurosurgery. Believe me they are all eminately replacable.
poconoweeze

Kunkletown, PA

#2 May 14, 2009
stay away from doctors at all costs. a bunch of screwups.
chiari pt

AOL

#3 May 14, 2009
So, as usual another cover up for a doctor that brings millions to that hospital. Where was he???? No one wants to answer that question. People need to rethink going to this group of overagressive doctors who have perhaps helped many but harmed more. I hope the state continues to investigate. I bet more lawsuits will follow.
hurryhurryhurry

Northport, NY

#4 May 14, 2009
The greedy North Shore Hospital culture of "hurry, hurry, hurry" to get more cases done and maximize profits is at the root of this problem. Safety is clearly compromised in this setting! "Haste makes waste!" AVOID NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL--- they've demonstrated how dangerous it is to be cared for there!
anesthesiaincide nt

Northport, NY

#5 May 14, 2009
If this was an "anesthesia" incident, what does NAPA ( North American Partners in Anesthesia), who control anesthesia services at North Shore have to say? Are they too busy counting their $$$ millions to comment??
Chiarian

Altamonte Springs, FL

#6 May 14, 2009
Why does this not surprise me. I have no doubt that 90% of North Shores revenue comes from the factory line type of surgery that these 2 perform.
Why would the hospital want to put an end to such a fantastic money maker for them. Who cares if the patient was left on the table, who cares that nobody has yet to state exactly where the neurosurgeon was. In trying to locate him, I have no doubt that he was paged, called, that his office was called and, with his partner being called .... why didn't the partner get into the attempts at contacting the neurosurgeon.
So, we get back to another unanswered question .... where was the neurosurgeon and how could he have NOT known before hand that he was scheduled for surgery with this patient????

So many questions and with his being re-instated, the public will never get the answers. I just sincerely hope that the NY Medical Society and the department of health investigate this thoroughly.
In the meantime, lets keep the Hospital's cash-cow going and flowing and forget about the patients.
NSUH Avenger

East Meadow, NY

#7 May 14, 2009
The neurosurgeon was on a plane to Washington. This could have only ended up as a scheduling mess-up if process had been adhered to; the error would have been picked up in the holding area, the patient would not have entered the roomthere ould have been a few red faces but no Newsday story.
But unfortunately, standard operating procedure, which NSLIJ pioneered, do not seem to apply to all.
Chiarian wrote:
Why does this not surprise me. I have no doubt that 90% of North Shores revenue comes from the factory line type of surgery that these 2 perform.
Why would the hospital want to put an end to such a fantastic money maker for them. Who cares if the patient was left on the table, who cares that nobody has yet to state exactly where the neurosurgeon was. In trying to locate him, I have no doubt that he was paged, called, that his office was called and, with his partner being called .... why didn't the partner get into the attempts at contacting the neurosurgeon.
So, we get back to another unanswered question .... where was the neurosurgeon and how could he have NOT known before hand that he was scheduled for surgery with this patient????
So many questions and with his being re-instated, the public will never get the answers. I just sincerely hope that the NY Medical Society and the department of health investigate this thoroughly.
In the meantime, lets keep the Hospital's cash-cow going and flowing and forget about the patients.
chiari pt

AOL

#8 May 14, 2009
The neurosurgeon was on a plane to Washington. This could have only ended up as a scheduling mess-up if process had been adhered to; the error would have been picked up in the holding area, the patient would not have entered the roomthere ould have been a few red faces but no Newsday story.
But unfortunately, standard operating procedure, which NSLIJ pioneered, do not seem to apply to all.

What a load of crap. First he was in Italy, then a family emergency then on a plane to Washington........just more lies. But, first and foremost why did they not take care of this "issue" when it happened. An attempt to cover up lies. Anyone that knows this group knows full well that Milhorat does not do surgery without Dr. B, they "claim" to chat about all cases together, so it is pure BS that Milhorat could not do the surgery. They are only "self proclaimed chiari experts" there are other chiari surgeons in the US that do a much better job without patients ending up disabled. What a joke this is.
liner

Bronx, NY

#9 May 14, 2009
chiari pt wrote:
The neurosurgeon was on a plane to Washington. This could have only ended up as a scheduling mess-up if process had been adhered to; the error would have been picked up in the holding area, the patient would not have entered the roomthere ould have been a few red faces but no Newsday story.
But unfortunately, standard operating procedure, which NSLIJ pioneered, do not seem to apply to all.
What a load of ****. First he was in Italy, then a family emergency then on a plane to Washington........just more lies. But, first and foremost why did they not take care of this "issue" when it happened. An attempt to cover up lies. Anyone that knows this group knows full well that Milhorat does not do surgery without Dr. B, they "claim" to chat about all cases together, so it is pure BS that Milhorat could not do the surgery. They are only "self proclaimed chiari experts" there are other chiari surgeons in the US that do a much better job without patients ending up disabled. What a joke this is.
Glad you brought that up. When I read that they functioned as a team, how could the one guy claim "she wasn't my patient"? I assumed that there was a whole lot more to this story.
chiari pt

AOL

#10 May 14, 2009
They ALWAYS function as a team. Read the deposition in the current lawsuits against them. It saws Bolognese opens and closes and Dr. Milhorat does the surgery. Obviously money is more imporatant than uncovering the truth about this matter. The CEO of that hospital should be ashamed of himself for allowing this to happen.
confused

AOL

#11 May 14, 2009
this is a good doctor
DanTe

East Haddam, CT

#12 May 14, 2009
So it's everybody elses' fault BUT the doctor's? Blame the nurse. Blame the anesthesiologist. Blame the porter. Will they blame the janitor next? Tune it as North Shore spins and spins.

Q. What do you call somebody who graduated at the bottom of his class?

A. Doctor.
chiari1

Randolph, VT

#13 May 14, 2009
Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank God NSUH recognized what an incredibly dedicated neurosurgeon Dr Bolognese is. He goes above and beyond the call of duty, answering emails personally well after hours to his patients. He is compassionate, caring, thorough, straightforward, and humorous. His surgical expertise and vast knowledge of Chiari and its related conditions saved my life! Both my children need Chiari related surgeries and I would trust him with their lives!!
confused

AOL

#14 May 14, 2009
well said chiari1!!!
good for them

Mendham, NJ

#15 May 15, 2009
I will add to the comments of these two working together as a "team". Every patient that ever walked through the doors of TCI knows this. I never even met Dr. M. till right before I went under...only met with Dr. B. and was explained that they consult together on ALL cases and both Dr.'s know ALL surgeries as well as the other. I thought Dr. B. was going to do my surgery but it was Dr. M that did. So that story does not make sense in context to the manner in which they do surgery....

The whole story is a bunch of crap as liner pointed out...In Italy? Yeah right...he was in his NY office two days after the incident, then a family er, then no family er...So where the hell was he? Was he seen in the building? Was he there and then left? With no answers from the Dr. himself the public can only speculate..So inquiring minds want to know. If it was as simple as a scheduling error then it would have been as simple as firing the $10.00/hr. surgical coordinator as opposed to suspending two of the hospitals top $$$$$$ makers. Come on...There is more to this then any of us know..

Again, no doubt he has help many people but that does not excuse him from his responsibility of answering the question of what happened that day.

good for them

Mendham, NJ

#16 May 15, 2009
BTW...just curious...anyone know why TCI's video section of their website is under "construction"?

Don't need to be a "Brain Surgeon" to figure that one out..
more than curious

AOL

#17 May 15, 2009
to good for them. 100% right on. TCI videos are removed because the state health dept is involved. I agree where was he during surgery?
good for them

Mendham, NJ

#18 May 15, 2009
more than curious wrote:
to good for them. 100% right on. TCI videos are removed because the state health dept is involved. I agree where was he during surgery?
Good..so I'm not the only "curious" one...What do you think the State Health Dept. would have found in those video's to be incrimidating? Again more questions then answers.

I know many people are very happy that Dr. B. is reinstated but now there is only ONE NS on staff at TCI and the NS Trainee is not even licensed to practice medicine in the US. They had a very hard time keeping up with patient flow and IME, post-op care is very poor so I can only imagine it is going to get even worse. I understand it was Dr. M who did all of the Tethered Cord surgeries so who will be doing them now? The over stressed, over worked, under serious question Dr. B.? I don't know that I would want someone who is going through all of this to be cutting open my head anytime soon - no matter how good is might be.
Truth and Honesty

Phoenix, AZ

#19 May 15, 2009
Theres alot more to the story then both surgeons abadonning a patient on the operating table.I'm talking about unnessecary surgeries,fraudulent billing,deceit and greed at its finest.To the families who have benefited from Dr.B and Dr.M I'am truley happy for you and I believe they have done good.But what about the bad,what about my six year old daughter who is suffering more at the hands of these two.Does she get pushed to the side,forgotten about.Does the good out weigh the bad?
Like I said theres alot more to the story and GOD willing it will all come to light.Doctors are as worse then lawyers now a days.My only advice to you all is that no matter how highly recommended a doctor is even if he is the front runner in his field,Always get a second,third,and fourth opinion.Get in a car or a plane if you have to your child's life may depend on it.
good for them

Mendham, NJ

#20 May 15, 2009
Truth and Honesty wrote:
Theres alot more to the story then both surgeons abadonning a patient on the operating table.I'm talking about unnessecary surgeries,fraudulent billing,deceit and greed at its finest.To the families who have benefited from Dr.B and Dr.M I'am truley happy for you and I believe they have done good.But what about the bad,what about my six year old daughter who is suffering more at the hands of these two.Does she get pushed to the side,forgotten about.Does the good out weigh the bad?
Like I said theres alot more to the story and GOD willing it will all come to light.Doctors are as worse then lawyers now a days.My only advice to you all is that no matter how highly recommended a doctor is even if he is the front runner in his field,Always get a second,third,and fourth opinion.Get in a car or a plane if you have to your child's life may depend on it.
100% agree. The unnecessary surgeries and not getting INFORMED CONSENT regarding being part of a research study are two of many things being investigated. Informed consent means more then consenting to a surgery -it implies the patient was fully informed regarding all aspects of the surgery - including if they were part of a research study. Such a shame what some people have had to go through with these guys abusing their power. It amazes me how every other NS, NL, CM expert, neuro-radiologist, neuro-urologist etc.. can all be wrong but these guys are right. When no one else can identify tethered cord on someone but TCI can - is that really a "medical miracle" or medical fraud? Yeah, someone has no symptoms of tethered cord, all testings are normal but they still have tethered cord..yeah right...They are worse then Lawyers and I hope the money hungry lawyers hang em to dry.

I agree, they have helped many, many cm sufferers in the past, but that in no way excuses them for any unethical medical practices they may have engaged in. It is easy to hide behind all the good one has done but it does not make up for the lives that they have knowingly distroyed due to greed and ego....How many lives does it take to make up for the ones that are destroyed? Are you willing to give up your first born? Really where do you think they get their research findings from? If you were one of the lucky ones that did not fall into that category- well then count your blessings.

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