Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Stone, was hired to treat patients for the Medical College of Wisconsin. It is alleged that just before he was to start, another physician informed the dean that there were allegations against Dr. Stone that he had performed unnecessary surgery at another hospital.
Dean Joseph E. Kerschner sent an email saying: “We believe that the case brought forward suggests that Dr. Stone performed unnecessary surgery.” Dean Kerschner’s email went on to state that if Dr. Stone’s contract was terminated, the Medical College risked losing several surgeries and income; additionally, he could be hired by a local rival. The email stated, “We discussed the importance of ‘doing the right thing,’ but we need to understand the financial implications of this.” Dr. Stone went on to begin his job at Medical College.
In August of 2014, Medical College told Dr. Stone his contract would not be renewed. His last day was August 31, 2015. Dr. Stone’s departure occurred three months after allegations against him appeared in a civil lawsuit filed by Dr. Robert Love. Among other things, Dr. Love alleged that Dr. Stone performed unnecessary surgeries in order to defraud Medicare.
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