Fresno heart doctor should be investigated, consumer watchdog says

The Fresno BeeMarch 3, 2014 

A national nonprofit consumer group said Monday it has asked the state Attorney General and the California Medical Board to investigate a Fresno heart surgeon who allegedly left an open-heart surgery before the operation was complete.

The watchdog group also wants the hospital where the surgery took place to be investigated.

Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court said in a news release that Dr. Pervaiz Chaudhry's conduct and Community Regional Medical Center should be investigated by state agencies.

Court said a letter calling for the investigation was sent following a story in Sunday's Fresno Bee that reported the doctor is at the center of two lawsuits that allege he walked out of more than one operating room before procedures were complete and that the hospital knew about it.

Chaudhry, through legal counsel, has denied the allegations. Community Medical Centers, which operates Community Regional and Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, has said it cannot comment on the lawsuits but stands by its cardiac program.

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