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Surgeon Ruled Incompetent After Removing Wrong Kidney

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 7:02am

A urologist has been indefinitely barred from inpatient surgery for removing the wrong kidney of one patient and taking a biopsy from another patient's pancreas instead of a kidney. Dr. Erol Uke has signed the disciplinary ruling from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, agreeing that his actions justify the board's discipline.

The ruling said Uke could regain surgical privileges if the board later determines he's competent to do so. Uke removed the wrong kidney in March 2008 and performed the erroneous biopsy about four months later.

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