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Syracuse orthopedic surgeon settles with patient who won $2M malpractice award

May 27, 2020 / By James T. Mulder | jmulder@syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. — A Syracuse orthopedic surgeon has dropped his appeal of a $2 million malpractice verdict after settling with a patient who accused him of permanently injuring her during a hip replacement surgery.

Dr. Brett Greenky appealed the verdict after a jury unanimously found the doctor and his practice, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, negligent July 2 for his handling of the operation performed seven years ago at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.

The trial shined a light on a controversial hospital practice in which a doctor leaves the operating room after completing the most critical part of an operation to start surgery on another patient in a second room. Meanwhile, a resident physician in training or physician assistant closes the previous patient’s wound and applies a dressing.

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Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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