On Thursday, Anagnost agreed to no longer pursue his case against the board. The board, in turn, entered into the consent order with Anagnost.
For the past three years, Anagnost has been on the board's agenda, facing a range of allegations. During that time, Anagnost has not lost his license nor has he been under probation.
Anagnost said the board began its investigation into him after his competitors and medical malpractice lawyers made up lies about him.
Anagnost said minimally invasive spine surgery is a less expensive and more effective option for patients. His competitors were losing money, and thus began a “smear campaign,” he said.
Anagnost said he stopped his surgical practice not because he was required by the board, but because he had to focus on defending himself.
In one of the board's complaints against Anagnost, a board investigator outlines 23 patients who saw Anagnost and suffered from a range of symptoms after surgery, according to the document.
In one case, a patient died about a week after surgery. The patient was sent home too early and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he went into cardiopulmonary arrest, suffered brain injury and was determined to be brain dead, according to the board's complaint.
Ten days after that man died, Anagnost performed a similar surgery that resulted in another man suffering brain damage that caused permanent disability, according to the complaint.
Also among the 23 cases, there were patients who had a recalled medical device inserted into their backs.
But Anagnost said these 23 patients are out of 7,000 patients he saw over a 10-year period, which factors out to roughly 0.3 percent of patients.
“My statistical data of how well I've performed compared to other doctors in my community and other doctors nationally, I outperform them in pretty much every single criteria that we use to evaluate doctors,” Anagnost said.
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All these accusations had a lot of financial incentives behind them that were not truthful.”
Dr. Steven Anagnost,