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Iowa Surgeon Suspended For Concealing Past Discipline

How well do you really know your surgeons?

Published: September 19, 2013

How well do you know that new surgeon that just started bringing cases to your ORs? Any skeletons hiding in his closet? The Shenandoah (Iowa) Medical Center found out the hard way that it's best to dig deep into a surgeon's past before you bring him on board.

Shenandoah suspended general surgeon Subir Ray, MD, earlier this month after a state medical board's filing alerted them to the fact that he'd been banned from practicing in Pennsylvania.

According to a published report, Dr. Ray, 55, had been cited by the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine in November 2011 due to "mental disability" and unprofessional conduct.

Shenandoah's acting CEO, Dennis DeWild, told the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald that the hospital's administration knew he'd been previously employed in Pennsylvania before arriving there in 2010, but weren't aware that Iowa authorities were investigating him.

As a result, they didn't know that Harrisburg, Pa.-based PinnacleHealth System had revoked his privileges for sub-par surgical care and judgement in 2007 (after which he unsuccessfully sued them for racial discrimination); that a Pennsylvania board-mandated assessment diagnosed him with narcissistic personality disorder in 2010; or that the board put him on indefinite probation after he refused to complete the testing.

The Iowa Board of Medicine has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 4 to consider the issue of Dr. Ray's practicing without notifying the board of his past discipline. His medical license is presently valid until July, 2014.

David Bernard

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