John Christian Gunn, a surgeon at Maysville’s Meadowview Regional Medical Center, performed three surgeries that led to the wrongful deaths of those patients between 2005 and 2006.
A medical malpractice lawsuit filed on behalf of 71-year-old Herberta “Bertie” Lang who died following one of Gunn’s surgeries is now claiming that Meadowview Regional Medical Center was negligent in hiring Gunn as he was not qualified to perform surgeries on patients.As personal injury attorneys who handle medical malpractice cases, we believe this tragedy could have been avoided if Meadowview Regional Medical Center had not been negligent in hiring Mr. Gunn. If they had only waited for him to be licensed to do surgery three lives would not have been lost.
Lang’s family has sued Meadowview, its former chief executive and the company that operates the hospital for corporate negligence.
Gunn was granted temporary privileges at Meadowview even though he had taken and failed the General Surgery Board exams in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He also failed the exam in 2006. Hospitals use their own discretion on whether to insist on board certification before allowing physicians to do surgery.
The lawsuit says that Gunn was located by a headhunter and was paid “substantial financial incentives” to start a surgery practice that would expand the range of services available at Meadowview.
While Gunn was hired to do general surgery, he also wanted to perform thoracic and vascular surgery, for which he would be the only surgeon on the staff at Meadowview, according to the medical malpractice lawsuit.
On September 22, 2005, Gunn was granted a temporary permit by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, allowing him to practice medicine in the state pending review of his application. Just four days later, the hospital granted him temporary privileges to perform surgery.
The hospital contends that Gunn was interviewed more than once, that information about him was obtained from “multiple professional references as well as the National Practitioners Data Bank,” and that Gunn was licensed to practice medicine in Kentucky.
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