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Lawsuits say Munster cardiologist inserted unneeded defibrillators

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A Lake County cardiologist sued for performing surgeries to insert heart defibrillators that two patients say they didn’t need may have performed other such unnecessary procedures, attorneys say.

A consortium of law firms Wednesday announced action against Dr. Arvind Gandhi and Munster Community Hospital. Two former patients, Gloria Sargent and Raymond Kammer, claim Gandhi operated on them and inserted defibrillators that weren’t needed.

Kammer was 25 at the time Gandhi implanted the device. Ghandi recommended implanting the device before first attempting more conservative treatment.

 Sargent had received a defibrillator nine months earlier that Gandhi recommended be upgraded, and she later required a heart transplant, according to information contained in their civil lawsuits.

Medical Review Panels found Gandhi did not meet an appropriate standard of care in either case and that the procedures were unnecessary. The panels found evidence did not support such determinations regarding the hospitals, and that Gandhi’s medical license should not be reviewed for fitness to practice.

Last month, Kammer and Sargent each filed suits in Lake Circuit Court naming as defendants Gandhi; his practice, Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana, P.C.; and Munster Community Hospital. The suits allege medical negligence, assert Gandhi wasn’t properly credentialed, and state claims for breach of contract.

 “It is unknown at this time just how many other patients have had unnecessary surgeries at the hands of Dr. Gandhi,” Lowell attorney Paul Rossi, who filed the suits, said in a statement. “My prior investigation and discoveries into Dr. Gandhi and Munster Community Hospital as it relates to Mr. Kammer and Ms. Sargent lead me to be very concerned for many others.”

Joining Rossi in seeking other potential claimants are the law firms Theodoros & Rooth P.C. of Merrillville and Cohen & Malad LLP of Indianapolis.

Attorneys noted that Gandhi ranked 19th out of 22,241 cardiologists nationwide in Medicare billings for 2012. He was reimbursed almost $2.18 million, more than any cardiologist in Indiana.

An official at Munster Community Hospital did not respond to a message seeking comment. In a statement to media on Wednesday, the hospital said the claims previously had been rejected.

“There are no new allegations against Dr. Gandhi or Community Hospital,” the hospital said in a statement. “Community has filed a motion to dismiss the malpractice cases against it because the medical review panel found in favor of the hospital.”
 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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