Cleveland Clinic / Dr. Jihad Kaouk - Medical Care/Medical Malpractice
I am one of many permanently harmed patients, many requiring corrective and emergency lifesaving surgery, who filed complaints with the Ohio Medical Board, CMS, Joint Commission, State and Federal Courts. CMS investigation of Jihad Kaouk's surgery schedule "revealed on 01/18/2010 [Jihad Kaouk] was scheduled to start surgery at 7:30AM and 7:35AM and on 01/19/2010 at 7:25AM, 7:30AM, 12:39PM and 12:41PM." At the time, Kaouk was not board certified, not credentialed, and not privileged to use the da Vinci as cited by CMS. The student doctors under his supervision, not authorized to perform these surgeries, were also not credentialed or privileged. Kaouk was cited for refusing to respond to federal investigators questions. In contradiction to the 95-99% positive outcomes represented to his patients before surgery, he stated to CMS investigators that "only one third" of his patients recovered function. Kaouk represented an Iowa Medical License on CMS documents. The Iowa Medical Board wrote he not did possess, nor did he meet their minimum requirements, for an Iowa medical license. Under oath, Kaouk falsely claimed to be board certified in his home country and board eligible in the US. Both claims were contradicted by the Arab Board of Urology and the American Board of Urology. Volume experience, surgical outcomes, and claimed credentials represented to patients, on websites, and on documents were falsely exaggerated. Kaouk was a paid lecturer, consultant, and proctor for Intuitive Surgical, a conflict of interest he did not represent to his patients. He did not tell his patients that he was "performing" surgery on more than one patient at the same time. Ghost surgeries were concealed from patients with “copy and paste” generic Op Notes written in 3rd person not identifying who performed the surgery. Op notes falsely stated minimal blood loss and no complications. When asked to provide evidence that he was present at any time during my devastating surgery, Kaouk and the Cleveland Clinic refused. Surgical time out, same day surgery consent (falsified), surgeon's attestation (blank), OR log, and audit report provide no evidence Kaouk was ever present during my surgery. He called my wife by telephone to tell her he "had trouble and got stuck" but then refused to provide any explanation to her. I am one of a "staggering number" of patients permanently harmed by Kaouk. Google "CLEVELAND CLINIC CASES HIGHLIGHT FLAWS IN SAFETY OVERSIGHT" and read links to the actual reports citing federal violations of Patient's Rights, Informed Consent, Medical Records, Credentialing, Privileging, Operating Room Fires and Patient Burns not reported or documented, Concealment of foreign objects left in patients, and more. Be Well! Be Safe! BEWARE!
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