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Doc accused of spinal fusion fraud surrenders medical license

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 2:23pm
Mass Device

An Oregon neurosurgeon accused of performing unnecessary spinal fusion surgeries surrenders his medical license.

Vishal James Makker

Former Oregon neurosurgeon Vishal James Makker surrendered his medical license this week following a state investigation into accusations that he performed unnecessary spinal fusion surgeries.

Between 2008 and 2009 Makker performed nearly 10 times more multiple spinal-fusion procedures than the average surgeon, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Makker denied any wrongdoing, but surrendered his Oregon medical license, according to a report from the state medical board, which characterized the surgeon's conduct as "unprofessional or dishonorable."

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