A doctor Mount Sinai Medical Center, which is one of New York City’s most respected hospitals, has been let go from his position after surgically removing the wrong kidney from a sick patient.
The 76-year-old patient had been on dialysis because of two failed and diseased kidneys when the wrong one was removed, said Sinai spokeswoman Dorie Klissas. Doctors subsequently removed the second failed kidney and the patient is doing well, she said.
Meanwhile, the doctor responsible is banned from his clinical and administrative duties pending a continued investigation.
Hospital officials have not released the name of the surgeon or patient, and details of when the botched procedure took place remain unclear.
“This event should never have occurred at Mount Sinai,” said hospital spokesperson Dorie Klissas in a statement.
Still, she claims “the patient states that the surgeon in question helped him overcome bladder cancer in the past, and despite this error, says he has enormous faith in the doctor. We apologized to the patient, and we will do all we can to ensure that something like this never happens again.”
The patient’s second failed kidney was removed afterwards, and the patient is doing well, the hospital said.
This isn’t the first scandal to shake Mount Sinai in recent times. In August of last year, Dr. Adam W. Levinson, an award winning assistant professor of urology at the hospital, was charged with using a tiny video camera to peek up women’s skirts on the Union Square subway station.
Dr. Levinson, 39, had allegedly clipped a spy pen camera to a folded newspaper so he could film up a woman’s skirt on a southbound 4 train.
Bronx minister and citizen sleuth Sheldon Birthwright, 46, told authorities he sensed something was wrong immediately after Levinson stepped on the train at E. 59th St.
Dr. Levinson— a graduate of New York Medical College and dual winner of the national Patients’ Choice Award — had placed the newspaper by his side as he moved toward a woman reading a Kindle and wearing a knee-high dress.
“He has a paper in his hand. But what’s mysterious about it, there’s a pen attached to the paper. . . . He has it down in a very unsuspicious way. But every time the woman would move, he would move,” Birthwright said.
Then when the train reached the Union Square stop, Levinson followed the victim onto the platform.
“He walked directly behind her with the same paper and camera all the way up the stairs,” said Birthwright.
Birthwright said that as soon as he got up the stairs, he ran into the NYPD’s Transit District 4 stationhouse and told cops the story, who quickly found and arrested the suspect.
The doctor was eventually freed on $15,000 bond, and a spokesman for Mount Sinai said Levinson had been suspended because of the arrest.
Despite the aforementioned events, New York Magazine recently named 129 Mount Sinai physicians to its “Best Doctors” list, more than any individual hospital in New York City.