AAOS Board Takes Professional Compliance Actions

At its meeting on June 8, 2013, the Board of Directors of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) considered two grievances filed under the AAOS Professional Compliance Program. After considering the information presented and upon recommendation of the Judiciary Committee and the Grievance Hearing Panel of the Committee on Professionalism (COP), the Board took the following professional compliance actions.

Ronald M. Krasnick, MD
Mount Laurel, N.J.
1-Year Suspension

On Oct. 7, 2011, a grievance was filed against Ronald M. Krasnick, MD, alleging violations of the Standards of Professionalism (SOP) for Orthopaedic Expert Witness Testimony, Mandatory Standards Nos. 1, 2, and 3. The grievance arose from statements made by Dr. Krasnick during deposition testimony as an expert for the plaintiff in a medical liability lawsuit. The plaintiff-patient alleged that she received second-degree burns during an arthroscopic shoulder procedure performed by the Grievant. The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice after a settlement was reached.

The patient in the underlying case underwent right shoulder arthroscopy and arthroscopic subacromial decompression for rotator cuff tendinitis. The surgery was uneventful, but at the first postoperative visit, upon removal of the surgical dressings, the patient had a burn with blistering over the top of the shoulder. The surgeon broke the blister, removed the superficial dead skin, and applied Silvadene.

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