New York surgeon accused of slapping sedated patients on buttocks

04/07/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New York – A doctor at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse has been accused of slapping patients and calling them derogatory names while they were under sedation. As reported Syracuse.com, the identity of the doctor is not revealed in a government report on an investigation into the allegations; however, the surgeon is stated to be Dr. Michael T. Clarke in a complaint filed in January.

Clarke is an orthopedic surgeon whose specialty is hip replacement and resurfacing. The January complaint filed against him triggered an investigation by the state health department on behalf of the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

According to the federal report, red marks or hand prints were sometimes left on patients after they were slapped by the doctor. The hospital now faces sanctions over the allegations, which could include being terminated from Medicare and Medicaid programs.

James Lantier, who is representing Clarke in the health department investigation, is quoted in the report as stating, “Although Dr. Clarke adamantly denies any wrongdoing on his part, he is not able to comment on the investigation during its pendency.”

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