Fayetteville VA Fires Pathologist After Alleged Misdiagnoses

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - A doctor employed at the Veterans Administration’s clinic in Fayetteville has been fired after allegedly misdiagnosing multiple cases, at least one of which may have resulted in the patient’s death.

The clinic, which treats veterans from southwest Missouri as well as Arkansas patients, said at a news conference today (6/18/18) that the doctor was found to be impaired, but did not release the nature of the impairment.

Wanda Shull, public affairs officer with the VA, confirmed seven misdiagnosis. The male doctor began working at the VA in October of 2005.

Kelvin Parks, interim director of the medical center, said the pathologist “was immediately removed from clinical care when evidence of impairment was found.”

The doctor had earlier been identified as being impaired and was removed from clinical care in 2016, but was put back to work later that year after completing an “impaired physician program.”

He was deemed unsafe to work after further reports of impairment in October of 2017 and has since been terminated, a clinic spokeswoman said today.

Shull said the agency will be contacting directly any patient found to be affected by the doctor’s work and has staffed a call center to take toll-free calls from veterans with questions about the matter.

The line is staffed from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends and 8 a.m. to nnnon on Saturdays. Call (866) 388-5428 or (479) 582-7995.

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