Wrong-kidney doctor barred from surgery

Jan. 17, 2010 at 6:25 AM
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A Minnesota doctor who took out the wrong kidney from a cancer patient has been indefinitely suspended from performing surgery in hospitals.

The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice announced the penalty Friday against Dr. Erol T. Uke of Edina, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Uke was also reprimanded.

A few months after the disastrous kidney surgery in 2008, Uke, a urologist, did a biopsy on a patient's pancreas when it should have been done on the kidney.

Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, where Uke removed the wrong kidney, has since made changes in its procedures to reduce the risk of similar mistakes. Uke told state investigators he was distracted by his beeper and other patients and did not read the radiologist's notes.

A report says the patient, left with one cancerous kidney, went through another operation in an attempt to remove the tumor while saving the kidney.

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