Doctor arrested, accused of performing ‘unnecessary surgeries’ on patients

Henrietta Strickland
November 12, 2019

In 1982, Perwaiz lost his hospital privileges at the Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, "due to poor clinical judgment and for performing unnecessary surgeries" and had been invested by the Virginia Board of Medicine for performing surgeries, predominately hysterectomies, "without appropriate medical indications and contrary to sound judgment". The patients cited in the affidavit were identified by initials, not by name. When she consulted a separate fertility specialist afterward to try for another pregnancy, she was told that her fallopian tubes were "burnt down to the nubs, making natural conception impossible".

Authorities have charged a Virginia obstetrician and gynecologist accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies and removing one patient's fallopian tubes without her knowledge.

Federal prosecutors say the unneeded operations included at least one instance of tying a woman's fallopian tubes, an operation that denied her the possibility of conceiving a child naturally.

With two offices in the Chesapeake, Perwaiz offered services that ranged from annual checkups and prenatal consultations to IUD insertions and treatments of ovarian cysts. Of those 510 patients, approximately 42 percent of them underwent two or more surgeries. She opted to have her ovaries removed.

A Virginia doctor was arrested Friday for allegedly performing unnecessary surgical procedures on women without their knowledge or consent. Court documents also claim Perwaiz marked that patient's surgery as "elective" and made no mention of precancerous cells. Perwaiz also allegedly cut her bladder while doing so, which led to her staying in the hospital for six days to treat a sepsis infection. After she obtained her medical files, she told investigators that it did not mention any precancerous cells.

On one patient, Perwaiz allegedly performed annual D and C surgeries based on a diagnosis of endometriosis, according to the court documents.

Federal prosecutors have charged Perwaiz with "executing a scheme" to defraud the Virginia Medical Assistance Program and Blue Cross Blue Shield by submitting false and fictitious claims from 2010 to about October of this year, according to the court documents.

A spokeswoman for the Atlantic Group of Bon Secours Mercy Health, which now operates Maryview Hospital as Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, told CNN Perwaiz is not employed by Bon Secours or the Bon Secours Medical Group. "Like many independent physicians, he has held privileges at different hospitals/health systems". A representative for Chesapeake Regional Medical Center did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Investigators also allege that Perwaiz also performed surgery on patients without their consent.

In 1996, Perwaiz pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to five years of probation.

The doctor has reportedly had a medical license since 1980.

Records also show that Perwaiz has been investigated for medical malpractice. In those lawsuits, plaintiffs allege he falsified medical records to justify unnecessary procedures, performed up to 30 surgeries in one day and provided "substandard care" that caused permanent injuries in at least three patients, according to the affidavit's description of the lawsuits.

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