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Tulsa surgeon to face Oklahoma medical board after three years of waiting

The Oklahoma medical licensure board scheduled the disciplinary hearing of Dr. Steven C. Anagnost, an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa. Anagnost's case has been pending with the board for about three years.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: November 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012

One patient had to have her right leg amputated below the knee because of Anagnost's “failure to adequately treat the infection,” according to court records. A few of the patients listed in the board's complaint suffered from paralysis after receiving treatment from Anagnost.

Anagnost also has several medical malpractice cases against him in Tulsa County.

Daniel Graves, independent counsel for the Oklahoma attorney general's office, said Thursday that the investigation against Anagnost has been rather significant.

Graves said there have been 42 separate negligence filings against Anagnost over a six- to eight-year period, a somewhat unprecedented number of cases.

“This has not been, as it has been described in the pleadings, as some sort of ‘witch hunt,'” Graves said. “The outcomes of these surgeries have ranged from death, paralysis, amputations. There's a significant amount of harm that has come to these patients. I understand there can be bad outcomes in orthopedic surgery or any surgery, but in these instances, it appears there are significant matters that need to be presented to this board.”

In other business

The board scheduled a special meeting for the disciplinary hearing of Dr. Medhat Michael, an Edmond doctor who faces complaints of sexual misconduct reported by patients and co-workers.

Michael was arrested in December on four complaints of sexual battery from co-workers. He told The Oklahoman in December that the allegations were false.

Contributing: Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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