Board takes professional compliance action

At its meeting on Dec. 6, 2008, the AAOS Board of Directors considered a grievance filed under the AAOS Professional Compliance Program. After consideration of the information presented and the recommendations of the Committee on Professionalism (COP), the Board suspended James A. Ghadially, MD, for violations of the Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on Orthopaedic Expert Witness Testimony.

James A. Ghadially, MD
Houston, Texas
1-Year Suspension

On Oct. 16, 2007, a grievance was submitted against Dr. Ghadially alleging violations of the Mandatory Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 15 of the SOPs on Orthopaedic Expert Witness Testimony. The grievance arose from statements made by Dr. Ghadially in his prepared written report and videotaped deposition as the plaintiff’s medical expert in a lawsuit. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant-orthopaedic surgeon failed to properly treat his left ankle injury. The legal case focused on Dr. Ghadially’s contention that the use of a short leg cast was the likely cause of a reported fibular nonunion. In September 2007, the case against the defendant-orthopaedic surgeon was dismissed.

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