AAOS Board takes professional compliance actions

Six grievances result in action against five fellows

At its June 20, 2009, meeting, the AAOS Board of Directors considered six grievances filed under the AAOS Professional Compliance Program and alleging violations of the AAOS Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on Orthopaedic Expert Witness Testimony. After considering the information presented and upon recommendations of the Hearing Panel of the Judiciary Committee and/or the Committee on Professionalism (COP), the Board took the following professional compliance actions against five Fellows:

George A. Arangio, MD
The grievance against Dr. Arangio was filed on Jan. 16, 2008, alleging violations of the Mandatory Standards Nos. 1, 2, and 3. The grievance arose from statements made in a written medical record review and during his courtroom testimony as an expert witness for the defense in a case alleging the defendant-orthopaedic surgeon’s failure to properly diagnose an Essex-Lopresti injury to the right forearm, which resulted in the need for additional corrective surgery. The jury trial returned a verdict in favor of the defendant-orthopaedist.

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