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Surgeon Accused Of Faking Operations Surrenders Medical License

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 9:51am
Liz Neporent

An orthopedic surgeon accused of faking operations surrendered his medical license voluntarily Monday and has admitted to guilt in some of the cases against him, according to New York State court documents.

Dr. Spyros Panos, who formerly worked for the Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., surrendered his license to practice medicine in New York this week following charges of medical misconduct. Panos faced at least 250 counts brought by the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct involving fraud and negligence between 2007 and 2011, the court order showed.

Doctor Accused of Faking Surgeries

Panos, 44, and his attorneys at Feldman, Kleidman & Coffey did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment. Representatives for the Mid Hudson Medical Group also failed to return calls for comment.

Larry Hughes, a spokesman for Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, where Panos performed many of the surgeries under investigation, said he was unaware of the surrender filing and couldn't comment.

In his response to the license surrender order, Panos admitted that he failed to render appropriate care, didn't maintain accurate medical records and submitted bills for seven former patients for which he was not entitled to payment. The identities of the patients were redacted from court documents to maintain their privacy.

The response also stated that Panos cannot "successfully defend against" at least one alleged act of misconduct "in full satisfaction of the charges" and that the surrender allows him to "resolve this matter without the various risks and burdens of a hearing on the merits."

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