Medscape names 7 worst physicians of 2018 – sex abuse, kickbacks, illegal prescribing, murder
| Becker’s Hospital Review – In its annual roundup of the best and worst physicians of the year, Medscape [published by WebMD] recognizes medical professionals who represented the brightest and darkest of their profession and made news for these reasons in 2018.
Below are some of the worst physicians of 2018:
Larry Nassar: Enough said.
George Tyndall: More than 400 women accused the University of Southern California gynecologist of sexual abuse. The university reached a $215 million proposed settlement with the accusers. Tyndall was fired.
Windell Davis-Boutté, MD: The Georgia Composite Medical Board suspended the physician’s license in June. As she faced several malpractice lawsuits, the dermatologist made music videos while she performed medical procedures and posted them online.
Howard Gregg Diamond, MD: The principal physician at Diamondback Pain and Wellness Center in Sherman, Texas, pleaded guilty to federal drug distribution charges. His prescribing and distribution of painkillers contributed to the deaths of at least seven people.
Rogelio Lucas, MD: Dr. Lucas and his wife and office manager were sentenced to prison for running a prescription opioid pill mill in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, which left more than 3 million oxycodone pills on the streets of New York City.
James Kauffman, MD: The New Jersey endocrinologist was charged with arranging the murder of his wife, April, who was shot dead in their home in 2012. In January, while awaiting trial for murder, he was found dead of an apparent suicide.
Gavin Awerbuch, MD: The Michigan pain clinic physician was sentenced to more than two years in prison in February after admitting he accepted sham speaker fees from Insys for prescribing Subsys — a fentanyl sublingual spray for cancer pain — without legitimate medical purpose.
Jerrold Rosenberg: The Rhode Island physician pleaded guilty to taking more than $188,000 in kickbacks disguised as speaker fees and creating false patient records to deceive insurers into covering Insys’s Subsys pain medication. He surrendered his medical license. Read Medscape’s full list.
And let’s not forget these bad-example doctors who abused and ripped off patients in 2018
Headline Health covered several other stories of appalling conduct by doctors this year:
- Doctors Who Got Rich Scamming The System
- Doctor Fired From State Board – Pocketed $700K From Big Rx
- His Doctor Said “You Have No Sperm” and Booted Him Out Of The Clinic
- Doctors Who Make Sh*t Up
- Doctors Who Refuse To Give You Copies Of Your Own Records
- Doctors Push Antidepressants for Low Back Pain