New York State was once home to one of the largest private cancer practices in the region at CCS Oncology. After a string of legal troubles over the last two years, including a bankruptcy filing and an FBI raid, the former president and CEO of the facility, also a radiation oncologist, now faces charges from the state Health Department, alleging incompetence and gross negligence in his treatment of seven patients. Of those seven patients, six are now dead.
The physician’s specialty involves treating cancer through exposure to ionizing radiation. The state alleges that, between 2009 and 2013, he repeatedly practiced gross negligence in the treatment of seven particular patients. The charges he faces include prescribing excessive radiation treatments without considering alternatives, unnecessary radiation treatments that exceeded appropriate tissue tolerances and six weeks of radiation therapy performed counter to medical indications. The state also accused the physician of failing to maintain records in addition to negligence and incompetence.
The state identifies the patients only by assigned letters, e.g., Patient A through Patient G. However, according to the information that is available, they were two females and five males, the oldest was 72 and the youngest was 27.
At this time, it is unclear what, if any, disciplinary action the physician will face. The Health Department had scheduled a hearing for professional misconduct before a committee in September, but details regarding that hearing, including whether or not it took placed as scheduled, are not available to the public.
CCS Oncology had faced malpractice suits previously from 2015 to 2017, filed by patients or their family members. It is unclear whether any of these suits relate to the Health Department’s charges, but patients and family members who suspect that medical malpractice has taken place may wish to speak with an attorney.