Watchdog Agency Blasts UC-Davis Hospital Over Controversial Surgeries

A 92-page review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, concluded that hospital administrators failed to properly supervise the activities of two Davis neurosurgeons who performed experimental surgeries on terminally ill brain-cancer patients and then were barred from conducting research on human subjects. The report said the neurosurgeons may have been responsible for “contributing to or causing the death of at least one patient.”

One of the two neurosurgeons took a leave of absence amid the controversy, and the medical school’s dean announced her resignation last month. Davis officials rejected some of the review’s most serious findings, responding that some of its conclusions were incorrect, while saying that other problems it identified had already been dealt with.

“We’re confident we’re providing excellent patient care,” said Ann Madden Rice, the medical center’s chief executive officer.

In an interview Friday, Rice told The Bee that some hospital policies “could have been stronger and could have been clearer” at the time of the controversial surgeries.

As a result, she said, the university has developed a comprehensive new policy regarding “innovative care” to help medical staff “minimize the potential risk to both patients and physicians.”

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