Posted in Medical Malpractice on November 21, 2019
On November 11th, 2019, CNN reported on the release of a federal affidavit regarding the arrest of Dr. Javaid Perwaiz, a doctor and surgeon from Chesapeake, Virginia. Dr. Perwaiz has been accused of performing unnecessary medical procedures, including full hysterectomies, on patients, sometimes without their knowledge or consent.
According to the affidavit, the FBI launched an investigation in September of 2018 after receiving a tip from a hospital employee who was concerned that Perwaiz may have been performing invasive procedures without his patients’ consent. “The patients were not aware of the procedures they were undergoing,” the employee told investigators.
The affidavit also claims that Perwaiz told one patient in 2012 that he had detected pre-cancerous cells during an exam, and advised a total hysterectomy (full removal of the woman’s uterus, the part of the reproductive system where a baby is carried during pregnancy). The patient asked for less invasive surgery and was under the impression that they had reached an agreement to remove her ovaries via a laparoscopic procedure. When she awoke from surgery, she discovered that not only had Perwaiz performed a total abdominal hysterectomy and completely removed her uterus, but he had also perforated her bladder in the process. She developed sepsis and had to spend six days in the hospital.
Another patient reported that she was permanently affected by Perwaiz’s treatments between 2011 and 2014. She had gone to him for treatment of ectopic pregnancy and endometriosis. Later, when she went to a different doctor for fertility treatments, they informed her that natural conception would be impossible since her fallopian tubes have been “burnt down to nubs.”
According to CNN, the affidavit notes that this isn’t the first time Perwaiz, 69, has been accused of providing substandard medical care. In 1982, he lost his hospital privileges at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia for performing unnecessary surgeries and exercising “poor clinical judgment.” He has been the defendant in at least eight medical malpractice lawsuits, with plaintiffs attesting that he falsified medical records, performed an irresponsible number of surgeries (more than 30) in one day, and provided poor care that resulted in permanent injuries in at least three patients and life-threatening injuries in two. His medical license was also temporarily revoked in 1996 after he pled guilty to two counts of tax evasion, but it was reinstated two years later.
He is currently being held without the possibility of bail on charges of health care fraud and making false statements regarding patient health. Since the affidavit’s release was reported by CNN and The Virginian-Pilot earlier this week, dozens more of Perwaiz’s former patients have come forward on social media and sent emails and phone calls to news organizations to share their stories.
If you or a loved one were a patient of Dr. Javaid Perwaiz, then you have the right to seek the truth, justice, and compensation. We place our trust and our lives into the care of our medical professionals, and when that trust is abused and broken, they must be held accountable. Actions of medical malpractice can not only result in expensive and unnecessary health procedures, but also in lifelong injury and trauma.
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If you believe you may have been a victim of medical malpractice by Dr. Perwaiz, please give us a call. You deserve justice and compensation, and Dr. Perwaiz deserves to be held accountable for his actions. Contact us today to speak with our medical malpractice attorneys about your case.
Note: The FBI is also encouraging former patients to contact them with potential information. You can get in touch with them by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or visiting tips.fbi.gov.