"Disgraced in Arizona" Surgeon Appears in British Columbia (Dr. Fernando Casses)

"Disgraced in Arizona" Surgeon Appears in British Columbia (Dr. Fernando Casses)

CBC News Vancouver aired the first of three scheduled segments ("Disgraced in Arizona") last night about a Quesnel, British Columbia surgeon, Dr. Fernando Casses, MD, who has garnered the attention of patients and authorities from central BC and Vancouver Island, to Arizona.

Casses, who practiced surgery at the Northern Health Authority's G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel, first came to the attention of patients in the small BC mining community following a number of disasterous surgical outcomes, resulting in nine complaints to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia ("CPSBC") (three for, three against, three outstanding), together with three lawsuits (two of which have been settled).

However, the attention of medical authorities in the province was drawn well before Casses appeared in Quesnel. His surgery privileges had previously been terminated at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni, BC following the hospital authority's discovery of his professional history in Arizona, something he hadn't fully disclosed to his employer. That resulted in his summary dismissal with hospital authority contacting the CPSBC to advise them of the information they'd discovered, and their concerns regarding his being licensed to practice.

It would appear that Dr. Fernando Casses, has quite the history from Arizona.

Casses had left Arizona in the midst of a convened Arizona state medical board ("BOMEX") hearing into a complaint regarding the death of a patient recovering from an aortic femerol bypass procedure at Boswell Memorial Hospital. The patient had perished due an iatrogenic injury suffered during the procedure in which a one-inch gash to the vena cava resulted in almost total loss of their blood supply, requiring 13,000 CCs of saline and 5,000 CCs of blood over a period of forty-five minutes. The nature of the complication during surgery was reported to the family at the time of the incident, as having been a "heart attack".

Upon discovering details of the complication at Casses' hands, the hospital provided BOMEX with patient and other files pertaining to Casses and other patients who'd suffered questionable outcomes, prompting BOMEX to demand surrender of Casses' license, prior to convening formal proceedings.

In talking to CBC News, Dr. Tim Hunter, the vice-chairman of the Arizona Medical Board at the time, said, "I was just horrified — reading the cases," said Hunter. "There were a large number of very poor surgeries and a number of people harmed."

"There were many, many bad cases. It wasn't just an isolated case — where there was an accident," he said. "The complications he had — and the large numbers of them — were way beyond expectations."

Had this been the first or second or even third of such surgical mishaps during his tenure at Boswell, they might have been explained as simply "negative outcomes". However, it was not the first, nor the tenth, of such occurrences.

There were at least sixteen patient files forwarded to BOMEX by Boswell in support of revocation of Casses' license to practice medicine in Arizona.

Casses obtained his medical degree in Bogota, Colombia, in 1981 and completed his residency at the University of Toronto teaching hospital, from 1986 to 1991. His citizenship may become a factor in ultimately pursuing any charges which may follow the conclusion of any civil suits.

Did Dr. Fernando Casses obtain a license to practice in British Columbia prior to surrendering his Arizona license? Were Arizona authorities informed of intentions or relocation to BC? How did he secure at position in Port Alberni without having to disclose his history at Boswell? What was the outcomes of the lawsuits against Casses, both in BC and in Arizona? What were the circumstances of those sixteen or more other cases highlighted by Boswell? Were authorities other than Boswell and BOMEX involved in investigating Casses? What was the involvement of the Maricopa County Sheriff?

CBC News Vancouver "Go Public" Kathy Tomlinson attempts to answer some of these questions and others over the course of three segments to be aired Tuesday through Thusday (Sept. 8 - 10, 2009) at 6 pm. Streaming video of the segments may be viewed the following day, at:

CBC News Vancouver "Go Public" streaming video (3 segments, Sept. 8-10, 2009):
http://www.cbc.ca/mrl3/8752/bc/ondemand/video/bc-090908-doctor-TOMLINSON.wmv
http://www.cbc.ca/mrl3/8752/bc/ondemand/video/bc-090909-medical-history-TOMLINSON.wmv
http://www.cbc.ca/mrl3/8752/bc/ondemand/video/bc-090910-go-public-TOMLINSON.wmv

CBC News Vancouver "Go Public" written story on Dr. Fernando Casses:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/09/08/bc-arizonadoctor.html

The segment may also be viewed on CBC National News' streaming video (QuickTime format) at:
http://www.cbc.ca/clips/mov/tomlinson-surgeon-090908.mov

Go Public goes National
http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/gopublic/2009/09/go_public_goes_national.html#

Related links (to be expanded):

RateMDs rating for Dr. Fernando Casses, MD
http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/48467/BC/Quesnel/Casses

Board Actions (c) 02/09/2001 Surrender - Surrender of License - Unprofessional conduct (any conduct which is or might be harmful to the health of a patient or the public).

http://azmd.gov/GLSuiteWeb/Repository/Legacy/LicenseFiles/MD%20Files/21771/MD%2021771%20Non-confidential%20Final%20Order%20000QY8.pdf

Court reference to hospital records of sixteen former Casses' patients
http://www.cofad1.state.az.us/opinionfiles/SA/SA030018.pdf

As details of this story evolve, I'll update this thread header.

Not admitting to and

Not admitting to and treating surgical complications?

So What?

Oh wait - that's only "so what?" if it's just one eye.

holy macarole thats aweful

holy macarole thats aweful

Mic, I watched and am

Mic, I watched and am dismayed. How anyone can do these things to other people is unbelievable and horrible.

I wonder...if these things were done to Cassas, himself, would he then consider them to be unacceptable?

He deserves to lose his license permanently....all over the world.

Creep!

Transient doctors -- those

Transient doctors -- those who lost their license in one state for either malpractice, or some other untoward act, would relocate to another state, set up shop and continue to practice. That was before Al Gore invented the Internet (LOL) and we, the public, knew zero about their past.

Fortunately, times have changed and now those in medicine who refuse to believe they are incompetent are facing scrunity. Three words.....It's About Time!!

Still, the VA surgeon who had 92 horrible outcomes, still has a license to harm and still believes he acted in the best interest of the patients.

Where is the justice for our men and women in the military???

Good article, Mic. Keep us updated.

Doctor Frankenstein, still

Doctor Frankenstein, still walks the earth.

I've been asked why the

I've been asked why the second and third link don't work. That's because the second links to today's news which will be published tomorrow morning. The third is from Thursday's segment which will appear Friday morning.

Today's segment included an interview with one of our occasional posters.

Reports from Quesnel, BC,

Reports from Quesnel, BC, have it that Dr. Fernando Casses has apparently disappeared. I can only wonder if he has surgeries scheduled.

Good grief is this a BAD

Good grief
is this a BAD dr. or a psychopath?

I could be wrong but maybe the US docs
all scramble over the border to Canada
and vice versa?

Leaves us vulnerable either way

I believe it should be a LAW
that a dr. should have to POST
any disciplines by a Med Board on the
WALL of his office

Sure would make choosing a dr. a little simpler
wouldn't it?

It appears that Fernando

It appears that Fernando Casses performed surgery in New Westminster (a Vancouver suburb) as well. Be warned, he may be coming to a neighbourhood close to you!

I'm now beginning to understand the CPSBC. This article says it all.

Surgeon censured in Arizona, now practising in Quesnel
Josh Wingrove
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Last updated on Thursday, Sep. 10, 2009 03:32AM EDT

British Columbian doctor says he has no outstanding complaints and denied allegations patients weren't informed of risk of surgery or complications

"In a 2008 letter to Mr. Field's lawyer, the College found his complaint “sustainable,” saying it believed Dr. Casses's operative report was “incomplete and inaccurate” and a method he used “unusual.” The college didn't, however, formally discipline the doctor. The civil suit is ongoing.

"In July that year, Edith Backer went in for surgery on an aneurysm, performed by Dr. Casses, just before her 80th birthday. According to a complaint made to the health authority by Doug Backer's family, Ms. Backer had her enlarged gall bladder removed, during which her intestine was cut and a stitch placed through her pancreas, causing an internal buildup of bile.

"In the weeks afterwards, Ms. Backer was airlifted to Vancouver with complications, her son said. On August 12, she died, and “was so eaten up inside and infested with infection,” her son said.

"His family's complaint was filed with the College about Dr. Casses. They got a letter that he said stated “this was more or less in the line of operating.” He wasn't satisfied.

"“They're standing behind this guy, especially after he [surrendered] his licence in Arizona,” Mr. Backer said in an interview. Last month, he hosted a small group of Quesnel residents exploring further complaints against the surgeon. “It's not right,” Mr. Backer said."

Other patients' stories, full article:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/surgeon-censured-in-arizona-now-practising-in-quesnel/article1281470

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:

I'm now beginning to understand the CPSBC. This article says it all.

It helps with undersanding how College's operate, doesn't it?

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:

"In a 2008 letter to Mr. Field's lawyer, the College found his complaint “sustainable,” saying it believed Dr. Casses's operative report was “incomplete and inaccurate” and a method he used “unusual.” The college didn't, however, formally discipline the doctor. The civil suit is ongoing.

I wonder if the College gave the doctor a caution? They didn't do an "exhaustive" investigation, because they don't need to do an "exhaustive" investigation, from what I have learned about Colleges. So - perhaps they gave him a caution, and he learned to be careful. (Careful not to be caught, in my opinion)

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:

"“They're standing behind this guy, especially after he [surrendered] his licence in Arizona,” Mr. Backer said in an interview.

Of course the College would stand behind the guy. Because, if they don't, then it will be shown that they could have done a better job in the past.
They are covering their own ass, in my opinion.
The quetion is: Who is doing it? An individual, (the investigator), or the organization? That is the question, but nobody will answer it, because - I'm sure that it would considered too exhaustive a question to answer.

Come to think of it

Come to think of it -

Pedofiles and Sex Offenders have to be registered after conviction to protect the public- Both acts are considered as "Intentional Harm"

So shouldn't a Dr. who was convicted of "Intentional Harm" harm of a patient or patients have to register in some manner to protect the public?

The public good rulings is what our judges all preach in a court of law --but they need to realize they've dropped the ball for the public good when it comes to Doctors of Dirty Deeds.

This dr. just may be the poster guy for new legislation~

Imalert wrote: This dr.

Imalert wrote:

This dr. just may be the poster guy for new legislation~

I don't care who is the poster guy, but there needs to be new legislation.
Intentional harm cannot be considered the standard of care, and in Canada, the CMPA should not defend it.
I think that it is disgusting that taxpayers' money is going to support doctors who have caused intentional harm.
I have no problem whatsoever in supporting any doctor who has made an innocent error; even a careless error, because they are only human.
However, I draw the line at intentional harm, and I think that the CMPA needs to be forced to draw the line too.
In my opinion, when the CMPA sees that it is intentional harm, they should be able to say, "You're on your own, buddy".
But, that's not how it works.

Current CBC News Vancouver

Current CBC News Vancouver links:

CBC News Vancouver "Go Public" streaming video (1st of 3 segments, Sept. 8, 2009):
http://www.cbc.ca/mrl3/8752/bc/ondemand/video/bc-090908-doctor-TOMLINSON.wmv

CBC News Vancouver "Go Public" streaming video (2nd of 3 segments, Sept. 9, 2009):
http://www.cbc.ca/mrl3/8752/bc/ondemand/video/bc-090909-medical-history-TOMLINSON.wmv

CBC News Vancouver "Go Public" streaming video (3rd of 3 segments, Sept. 10, 2009):
http://www.cbc.ca/mrl3/8752/bc/ondemand/video/bc-090910-go-public-TOMLINSON.wmv updated

Full CBC News Vancouver "Go Public" story on Dr. Fernando Casses:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/09/08/bc-arizonadoctor.html

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"NewsTin" has picked up the

"NewsTin" has picked up the CBC and Globe and Mail stories. Newstin is a digest index of relevant news and stories from around the world.

http://www.newstin.com/tag/us/143835153

Mic, is Casses still

Mic, is Casses still missing? I haven't had time to check on any new information.

CaseyS wrote: Mic, is

CaseyS wrote:

Mic, is Casses still missing? I haven't had time to check on any new information.

I think so. It's been suggested that he may have pulled up his routes. Word from some in Quesnel has it that he cleaned out his desk and locker at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital.

He could be on a plane by now, perhaps Bogota-bound.

Fernando Casses has serious problems, and I'm not referring to the legal ones.

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
CaseyS wrote:

Mic, is Casses still missing? I haven't had time to check on any new information.

I think so. It's been suggested that he may have pulled up his roots. Word from some in Quesnel has it that he cleaned out his desk and locker at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital.

He could be on a plane by now, perhaps Bogota-bound.

Fernando Casses has serious problems, and I'm not referring to the legal ones.

Unfortunately, this is the case more often than we realize. He is in so much trouble and running away only makes it worse.

Thanks, Mic, for keeping us advised.

Defending the Doctor By

Defending the Doctor
By Autumn MacDonald - Quesnel Cariboo Observer
Published: September 10, 2009 5:00 PM
Updated: September 11, 2009 9:01 AM

In this piece, one of Dr. Fernando Casses' colleagues speaks in defense.

The article includes also more patient stories.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/Defending_the_Doctor.html

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
CaseyS wrote:

Mic, is Casses still missing? I haven't had time to check on any new information.

I think so. It's been suggested that he may have pulled up his routes. Word from some in Quesnel has it that he cleaned out his desk and locker at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital.

He could be on a plane by now, perhaps Bogota-bound.

Fernando Casses has serious problems, and I'm not referring to the legal ones.

I think I meant "roots", not "routes". English is my second language, and I still don't know how to spell. Blame it on my spell checker, yeah, that's it!

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
CaseyS wrote:

Mic, is Casses still missing? I haven't had time to check on any new information.

I think so. It's been suggested that he may have pulled up his routes. Word from some in Quesnel has it that he cleaned out his desk and locker at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital.

He could be on a plane by now, perhaps Bogota-bound.

Fernando Casses has serious problems, and I'm not referring to the legal ones.

I think I meant "roots", not "routes". English is my second language, and I still don't know how to spell. Blame it on my spell checker, yeah, that's it!

Spell checker is being naughty. What is your first language? (Yes, I am detouring but just for a second.) Get your sticks on root 67.....(just kidding).

My biggest concern is he

My biggest concern is he will set up practice in another area of the world. This guy is a danger to the public.

CaseyS wrote: Spell

CaseyS wrote:

Spell checker is being naughty. What is your first language? (Yes, I am detouring but just for a second.) Get your sticks on root 67.....(just kidding).

Je parle le français seulement, un patois bien, jusqu'à ce que je m'apprêtais à entrer dans l'école primaire. (French only to first grade)

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
CaseyS wrote:

Spell checker is being naughty. What is your first language? (Yes, I am detouring but just for a second.) Get your sticks on root 67.....(just kidding).

Je parle le français seulement, un patois bien, jusqu'à ce que je m'apprêtais à entrer dans l'école primaire. (French only to first grade)

Ahhhh..... Eye-wink

Sandy, I am sorry for the

Sandy,
I am sorry for the pain your family has endured. You are a courageous woman, spreading the word about this miserable excuse for a human being who I will not dignify with the word doctor. His behavior shows that he is not a doctor at all.

Mic,
Thank you for helping to expose this monster.

Totally off topic--liking the new avatar, Sasse.

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MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
CaseyS wrote:

Mic, is Casses still missing? I haven't had time to check on any new information.

I think so. It's been suggested that he may have pulled up his routes. Word from some in Quesnel has it that he cleaned out his desk and locker at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital.

He could be on a plane by now, perhaps Bogota-bound.

Fernando Casses has serious problems, and I'm not referring to the legal ones.

On the other hand, he could be here in West Vancouver, BC.

http://www.soprovich.com/home699.html

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
CaseyS wrote:

Mic, is Casses still missing? I haven't had time to check on any new information.

I think so. It's been suggested that he may have pulled up his routes. Word from some in Quesnel has it that he cleaned out his desk and locker at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital.

He could be on a plane by now, perhaps Bogota-bound.

Fernando Casses has serious problems, and I'm not referring to the legal ones.

On the other hand, he could be here in West Vancouver, BC.

http://www.soprovich.com/home699.html

Nice place Mic! Laughing out loud

I think here would be a good

I think here would be a good place for the "doc" to go....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison

CaseyS wrote: I think here

CaseyS wrote:

I think here would be a good place for the "doc" to go....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison

I think that would be an appropriate change of address for Fernando Casses. I've heard that they throw in suitable apparel as a bonus.

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
CaseyS wrote:

I think here would be a good place for the "doc" to go....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison

I think that would be an appropriate change of address for Fernando Casses. I've heard that they throw in suitable apparel as a bonus.

You know, it's too bad that bad doctors just don't wear oranage lab coats, so that it would be clear to you from the start.

Casses performed two hernia

Casses performed two hernia operations on my husband in 2006. The first seemed okay, but since having the second, he has been in constant pain-more severe at times but constant. He returned to Casses three times and was told it sometimes takes awhile to heal and that he needed to "learn to relax". He asked our family doctor about getting a second opinion and was told that further surgery could cause a "reherniation". I spent hours on the internet trying to find more information about healing times, similar experiences, treatments, etc. After about three months we essentially gave up and assumed it was something he would have to live with. It has really affected his quality of life. He still works because he has to, but he is in extreme pain most of the time. Usually he wakes up in pain as well, so it just gets worse as the day goes on. He has always felt that something wasn't right-that it's not normal to be no better after three years. He also has pieces of "thread" that still seem to poke out of the incision sometimes. In light of the new information about Casses, it all makes sense. I have emailed Sandy Hix, but I'm not sure if she got my mail. Does anyone in Quesnel have any advice on how we can go about getting some answers? Thank you.

I would get a copy of your

I would get a copy of your chart and a secod opinion ASAP.

wendyclement wrote: I have

wendyclement wrote:

I have to see another surgeon on Sept. 21 to repair the damage done by Casses hernia repair done in 2007......

He also told me to specifically not go to Emergency for treatment of this "normal seepage". I should only go to see him. ......

What finally got me upset is that recently I needed to have an xray done of my back. My chiropractor told me thatit looks like there was something left behind from my surgery. It looks like some kind of clamp.

Wendy, this is horrendous! Leaving instruments in surgical patients is something that should have ceased happening years ago. To dismiss the seriousness of your infection and further, instruct you to not present to an ER goes past negligence. It is dissuading a patient from proper and adequate medical care and may constitute a criminal offence. I have heard of him doing this with other patients. What kind of doctor tells their patients to not seek medical attention?

This is not a bad doctor. His actions appear to transcend that categorization. This is something very, very different.

I'm sorry that you had to suffer so at his hands.

Lisa Becker wrote: Casses

Lisa Becker wrote:

Casses performed two hernia operations on my husband in 2006. The first seemed okay, but since having the second, he has been in constant pain-more severe at times but constant. He returned to Casses three times and was told it sometimes takes awhile to heal and that he needed to "learn to relax". He asked our family doctor about getting a second opinion and was told that further surgery could cause a "reherniation". I spent hours on the internet trying to find more information about healing times, similar experiences, treatments, etc. After about three months we essentially gave up and assumed it was something he would have to live with. It has really affected his quality of life. He still works because he has to, but he is in extreme pain most of the time. Usually he wakes up in pain as well, so it just gets worse as the day goes on. He has always felt that something wasn't right-that it's not normal to be no better after three years. He also has pieces of "thread" that still seem to poke out of the incision sometimes. In light of the new information about Casses, it all makes sense. I have emailed Sandy Hix, but I'm not sure if she got my mail. Does anyone in Quesnel have any advice on how we can go about getting some answers? Thank you.

Lisa, sorry to hear of your husband's iatrogenic injury. How does one "relax" while enduring chronic, unrelenting pain? I wonder if Fernando Casses was able to "relax" following the media coverage?

Has your husband obtained any second opinions which suggest surgery that would bring about a reduction or elimination in his pain?

If there is no available solution that would end his pain, it often can be treated so as to reduce it significantly, resulting in a greater quality of life. Has he seen a pain management specialist?

I've just looked at this

I've just looked at this news clips and although I can't say that I'm surprised, I am appalled. To all of those who have been harmed by Casses (I refused to call him a doctor), I am so sorry that you had to go through that and you received no accountability or closure for your physical and emotional pain. Having gone through the "College" process myself, I know how frustrating and disheartening it is, when you have undeniable evidence pointing to a doctor's wrongdoing and it gets swept under the carpet. How can the College profess that they are there to protect the public?

I have had my own dealings with the College when I filed a complaint for standard of care against a psychiatrist. After reaching the College's decision (in the doctor's favor), I received a copy of my medical chart that this psychiatrist had refused to let me see before filing the complaint. To my dismay, within minutes I found that there was something seriously wrong with my chart and phoned the College. The deeper I looked at the chart, the more I became aware that it wasn't just alterations that were made, but my whole chart had been rewritten.

To make a long story short, I filed a second complaint of fraud. During the course of the investigation, it became known that Dr. Keriem *had* rewritten my file, not once, but TWICE!!!! I presented the College with so much information pointing to the fact that Dr. Keriem had not only rewritten the file, but he rewrote me, it took the College 56 pages to address everything I had sent to reach their decision. He had made me look like the patient from hell who refused treatment plans, was non compliant, was constantly lying, was demanding, and the list goes on. I had evidence to dispute every lie that he wrote.

The outcome of this decision??? . . . I think one can guess . . . in the doctor's favor. What chokes me every time I think about it, was that his second "rewrite" was seen to be for "my" benefit . . . but I know differently . . . don't I, Dr. Keriem?

I hope that this news coverage goes beyond the borders of B.C. and reaches the Canadian public. The problem of the Colleges protecting their own seems to be national and something needs to be done.

Sandy and Larry, my heart goes out you for having lost your mother. It's not fair that you had to go through such a battle to get this man exposed. Kudos for having the strength to seek justice for your mom.

Regarding complaints to the

Regarding complaints to the College of Physician and Surgeons..

I present to an Emergency Room with the Kernig's sign,Brudzinski's sign,Nauchal Rigity,sensory loss,low grade temperature,paresthesia,breathing difficult,cool to the touch,sweating,no appetite,generalized palpitation and meninges felt,tender over trapezius plus spasm,grip down,general malaise and intermittent chest tightness..
Noted in the 3 other Emergency visits in the same week, Nausea,headache,shortness of breath, wheezing,red spots in my groin area{these turned/blue/purple and spread to my chest and by my left armpit)pains in my legs(intense)fever,high,heart rate,blood pressure,respiratory rate.Complaints of inflammation spreading up my legs to my abdomen. First ER visit everything was dismissed as being Viral..I was sent home 3 times from the ER in the same week even though I requested not to be sent home once the Headache hit.. that is in writing on the record..

The Emergency Room doctor was reported to the College of Physicians and Surgeons for failing to call and Ambulance to transfer me to a city hospital where I had to go for further assessment..
Instead of calling an ambulance. A neighbor of mine was called to transport me..This results in very severe posturing in the car as a stiff person cannot be put in a sitting position.. Also I still had intermittent chest tightness ..So as my back is severely arching and yanking my head back i am also lunging forward because my chest is squeezing together..The city hospital is a 40 min drive from my home..My neighbor is hysterical..The severe posturing only stopped because I was completely ceased up..

The doctor was reported for her standard of care and failing to recognize a medical emergency..Protocol are set up in hospitals and I would have required isolation..and transfer..

The doctor was reported for adding false information(fraud) to medical documents..These are additions that are made mostly on the right side of the document and they completely contradict her assessment that is on the left side of the page..
Noted in the city record addition information and the source of infection confirmed by a CT of my head..

This doctor responded to the College by claiming that she did not feel it was necessary to transfer me to a city hospital because I was in a stable condition..
Well, if this is considered to be a stable condition than I wonder what she would consider unstable..A few gunshots to my body...
The infection went untreated and the Meningeal sign were present and obvious to everyone only starting just before I called an ambulance to take me to the hospital.. Now my fourth visit in the same week..And they did not start four week earlier as her phony addition claims..It hits very quick..within hours or less. Not weeks..and my ER visits were all in the same week..Untreated sinus infections are a leading cause of Meningitis..

This doctor was given an award as one of Canada's best physicians..I sent my complaint in and they wanted it rewritten because I had put all the complaints together.. So, although the complaint was filed before she received her award because of the rewrite it was seen after the award..
So this is as good as it gets folks..This is the BEST Canada has to offer..

The College of Physician and Surgeons did NOT investigate despite that fact I also had several witnesses..and supporting documents..

Note that the two complaints following this one are just as bad..

panacea wrote: The College

panacea wrote:

The College of Physician and Surgeons did NOT investigate despite that fact I also had several witnesses..and supporting documents..

The public needs to know that before you complain to the College, you NEED to have a medical expert and a lawyer, who are skilled at medicine and the law, and you need access to ALL of the charting before anything can be changed. Patients need to learn how to fight smarter.

The College has their secret medical expert, and their CMPA lawyers, and they are working against a patient, who has been harmed physically, mentally and emotionally, and doesn't have the resources to fight back. It is a unfair fight, and there is no justice; that is what I have found.

wishandaprayer

wishandaprayer wrote:
panacea wrote:

The College of Physician and Surgeons did NOT investigate despite that fact I also had several witnesses..and supporting documents..

The public needs to know that before you complain to the College, you NEED to have a medical expert and a lawyer, who are skilled at medicine and the law, and you need access to ALL of the charting before anything can be changed. Patients need to learn how to fight smarter.

The College has their secret medical expert, and their CMPA lawyers, and they are working against a patient, who has been harmed physically, mentally and emotionally, and doesn't have the resources to fight back. It is a unfair fight, and there is no justice; that is what I have found.

Wisher, the important thing you said here is you have to have an expert witness AND a lawyer. I wish I knew then what I know now. It took me a couple of years to get to the right kind of doctor and dentist because of the coverups within that outfit. The statue of limitations do run out. Many times these doctors/dentists do relocate like Sandy said. Kudos for her for following that doctor. People who are severely injured do have to keep an eye on any ratings they made. There is so much false information on the ratings when they try to defend themselves or crazies who get on there with no knowledge of the facts. It's disgraceful.

damagedgoods wrote: Many

damagedgoods wrote:

Many times these doctors/dentists do relocate like Sandy said. Kudos for her for following that doctor. People who are severely injured do have to keep an eye on any ratings they made.

This should teach us that a little perseverance and a lot of patience can afford some justice. While it may still be a way's off for Sandy and others, at least the fox has now been flushed out. From this point forward, it should be two or three steps forward for every slip backwards, instead of the converse.

As imperfect as a subject consumer-based system may be, the ratings can be quite beneficial in providing a head's up when a doctor performs in either extreme.

There may well be more patients who have been harmed by Fernando Casses in Sun City, Arizona or either Port Alberni or Quesnel, BC. Anyone who feels their surgery by Casses had complications beyond what seemed normal should post their story here, and let Sandy Hix (see link in opening commentary) know of the circumstances. Beside the seventeen suspicious bad outcomes in Arizona and eighteen or so in Quesnel, there may be many more.

At

In my opinion Dr Fernando Casses is not fit to operate on my dog.I think he is a butcher and a liar!In 2006, he operated on my daughter for gall stones, she woke in recovery in horrific pain and asked a nurse to call me immediately!He had prescribed a medicine that our family is known to not tolerate. When she was released from hospital she had more pain than when she first went in.As a mother, I was terribly concerned and requested going in with her on her follow up. Dr F Casses told me "this is normal discomfort" for this type of post operative surgery. He then prescribed a "controlled medication" to help her with the pain. I would not allow her to fill it. She was 21 yrs old at the time.It has been over 3 years,and numerous tests for everything OTHER than what may be complications from Dr Casses handy work. My daughter now has bowel problems. I complained to her GP and was told that it was most likely nothing to worry about.I am absolutely horrified that after messing up in another British Columbia Medical practice that our Hospital administration would have even CONSIDERED hiring him. The blame should be equally shared with all who let slide this type of wrong doing.

CBC Vancouver's "Go Public"

CBC Vancouver's "Go Public" consumer affairs segment has gone cross-Canada.

Starting mid-October, Go Public will be a regular feature on the National, the CBC's national evening new broadcast.

That means - as of now - Go Public is inviting people from all parts of Canada - with stories that should be revealed - to write in to

.

Kathy Tomlinson, of Go Public, reports that stories will continue to feature on the individuals who have been caught in dilemmas. Of course, they will also continue to chase powers-that-be - for answers and accountability.

Story:
http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/gopublic/2009/09/go_public_goes_national.html#

This is the same team which conducted a journalistic investigation in the Dr. Fernando Casses, finding Sandy in Arizona and a number of his adversely-affected patients in Port Alberni and Quesnel, British Columbia.

Though no news media outlet is perfect, the Go Public team does go that extra mile in doing their research, quite literally in this case, flying their crew from Vancouver to southern Arizona to interview parties to a story.

Stories from former patients

Stories from former patients of Fernando Casses continue to surface. While some are supportive of the surgeon, they seem to be from doctors who have undergone surgery with Casses. Adverse stories continue to reach the public spotlight with what appears to be an emphasis on post-operative complications.

Some of these stories have been reported in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer:

Detractors are dealing in partial-truths

Defending the Doctor

I have full confidence in him: Graham I never want to see him again: Odiorne

Taking Action CBC Go

Taking Action

CBC Go Public
Thursday, Sep. 24, 2009 | 03:48 PM PT

After our story about Dr. Fernando Casses in Quesnel, we heard from several more patients and a lawyer who is now taking on their case.

"You did an awesome job. I knew this would grow."- Tammy Mead, former patient

"Thank you...for me knowing that I am not alone." - Nikki Arnold, former patient

"Thank you so much for doing this story-you’re really helping a lot of people." - Lisa Becker, former patient

http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/gopublic/2009/09/taking_action.html

Protecting His Privacy CBC

Protecting His Privacy

CBC Go Public
Thursday, Sep. 24, 2009 | 03:21 PM PT

Susan Prins, spokesperson for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., refusing our request for an interview about Dr. Fernando Casses:

"We really can't participate in this story...the challenge we have is...identification of one of our registrants...could put us into a difficult legal position regarding privacy."

http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/gopublic/2009/09/protecting_the_surgeons_privac.html

How did this story

How did this story originally come to light?

chrisaldridge wrote: How did

chrisaldridge wrote:

How did this story originally come to light?

Kathy Tomlinson, of the CBC's (Vancouver) Go Public found the story here, following a tip from someone in BC.

It appears that RateMDs does work!

News travels. The

News travels.

The information in this story likely came from posts here, so it would appear again that RateMDs may be widely read.

http://caribbeancricket.com/topic/936254

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
chrisaldridge wrote:

How did this story originally come to light?

Kathy Tomlinson, of the CBC's (Vancouver) Go Public found the story here, following a tip from someone in BC.

It appears that RateMDs does work!

Could you show me the story link relating this reporter's story and rateMDs role, as there are quite a few posts and links on this thread?

Was rateMDs referenced in the CBC stories? I reviewed some of the news stories , and this does not appear to be the case. If rateMDs was responsible for the above information coming to light, I would think that this would be quite newsworthy, and the media would be keen to report on it.

Have I missed a news story?

The Canadian Medical

The Canadian Medical Protective Association, the Canadian organization that represents 71,000 doctors in medical malpractice matters, has already asked the site to remove potentially defamatory comments.

The site's operators have so far removed at least two of the seven most scathing comments about doctors at the request of the CMPA.

The organization has also asked for the names and addresses of users who have filed "clearly defamatory" statements, but site managers have refused.

The CMPA has also requested:

* That it be provided with the users' IP (Internet protocol address) so that it can then ask for a court order to determine if the information can be used to reveal their identities
* That the site post a notice to Canadian users telling them that freedom of speech and libel laws differ in each country
* That the site remove Canadian content identified as defamatory

What a fun group, freedom of speech laws are different? It is Free or it is NOT.

Making these ridiculous demands, of an American no less. Certainly put the Canadian medical community in a bad light.

Huzzahs, to John for sticking to his principles, and providing a useful tool to what is an ever increasing pool of lab rats.

chrisaldridge wrote: Could

chrisaldridge wrote:

Could you show me the story link relating this reporter's story and rateMDs role, as there are quite a few posts and links on this thread?

Kathy Tomlinson of CBC News Vancouver's "Go Public" segment:

http://www.ratemds.com/social/?q=node/32407/164537

chrisaldridge wrote:

Was rateMDs referenced in the CBC stories? I reviewed some of the news stories , and this does not appear to be the case. If rateMDs was responsible for the above information coming to light, I would think that this would be quite newsworthy, and the media would be keen to report on it.

Have I missed a news story?

RateMDs was not specifically referenced in the CBC stories, but the CBC did include it as a source in locating former patients. No, you haven't missed a news story (at least not that's been published), as there is much that has been left out in terms of further accusations, sources, details pertaining to what transpired behind the scenes with various parties (CPSBC, health authorities, former patients) and which cannot be more fully disclosed at this point given that certain procedural matters have not yet been concluded.

Fernando Casses has responded to the CBC story through a paid advertisement in the local Quesnel newspaper, but it's not in a form which I can readily produce here. If he or his agent would like to post it, they're quite welcome to do so. If anyone has the time to transcribe a PDF file, please let me know (the background is too dark for OCR transcription).

blake2go wrote: What a fun

blake2go wrote:

What a fun group, freedom of speech laws are different? It is Free or it is NOT.

Making these ridiculous demands, of an American no less. Certainly put the Canadian medical community in a bad light.

Huzzahs, to John for sticking to his principles, and providing a useful tool to what is an ever increasing pool of lab rats.

I don't think it matters whether demands are made of an American, a Canadian, a Brit or anyone else.

Blake, freedom rights are a tad greater in Canada, our Constitution having entrenched "freedom of expression", which includes artistic and literary expressions, among others. Had Mayor Rudy Giuliani's actions in New York in shutting down artists' protests occurred in, say, Toronto, the city would have not prevailed before the courts as it did in NYC.

Whether it's the US or Canada, one's rights end where another's rights begin. Freedom of expression and freedom of speech do not include the right to defame another, and that's where RateMDs draws the line.

I'm with you Mic, It all

I'm with you Mic,
It all comes down to what you call defamation, the strong-arm tactic of demanding ISP addies. Had it worked, it would have made John look to be a sellout, wrecking HIS reputation. It would have put fear into those in Canada, who had posted ratings, or curtailed those who thinking of doing so.

Blacklisting here in the U.S, is still a living memory, had they claimed all/most of the bad ratings were defamatory, and gotten what they demanded, they would of had the makings of a blacklist.

There will always need to be, a line in the sand.

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
chrisaldridge wrote:

Could you show me the story link relating this reporter's story and rateMDs role, as there are quite a few posts and links on this thread?

Kathy Tomlinson of CBC News Vancouver's "Go Public" segment:

http://www.ratemds.com/social/?q=node/32407/164537

chrisaldridge wrote:

Was rateMDs referenced in the CBC stories? I reviewed some of the news stories , and this does not appear to be the case. If rateMDs was responsible for the above information coming to light, I would think that this would be quite newsworthy, and the media would be keen to report on it.

Have I missed a news story?

RateMDs was not specifically referenced in the CBC stories, but the CBC did include it as a source in locating former patients. No, you haven't missed a news story (at least not that's been published), as there is much that has been left out in terms of further accusations, sources, details pertaining to what transpired behind the scenes with various parties (CPSBC, health authorities, former patients) and which cannot be more fully disclosed at this point given that certain procedural matters have not yet been concluded.

Fernando Casses has responded to the CBC story through a paid advertisement in the local Quesnel newspaper, but it's not in a form which I can readily produce here. If he or his agent would like to post it, they're quite welcome to do so. If anyone has the time to transcribe a PDF file, please let me know (the background is too dark for OCR transcription).

You're quite right; this reporter seems to have obtained information by way of this website.

I'm surprised they didn't mention this.

An update about Dr. Casses.

An update about Dr. Casses. Several of you have asked what happened to him, where he is. He is back in Arizona. I know this because yesterday I was handed a Summons with his address on it. Dr. Casses has filed a lawsuit against me and Sandy. (I am Sandy’s brother and I live in California.) The two counts are: "Breach of Contract" and "Libel/Slander/Defamation of Character". I guess for what we've written here. Or maybe for some of what I’ve posted on YouTube. I don’t know. Neither Sandy nor I have breached the contract, and every single thing either of us has written and/or said is 100% accurate/the Truth.

You can learn all about our Family’s nightmare with Dr. Casses, Boswell Hospital, the lawyers and courts, the cops, the authorities and politicians - and all of the people who are helping them continue the cover-up. Including and especially, John McCain. During his campaign I let him/his people know what had happened and was still happening with Dr. Casses and Arizona. Mr. McCain first promised - in writing - to help me. Then, evidently, after he saw all the evidence and learned the awful Truth about what was going on in his State, he LIED TO THE FBI about me, causing a heavily armed ambush and assault on me and my kids in our front yard. If you want to go see and learn more about it, start with this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxf9mEoikZw

Because he refused to respond to my calls, emails, etc, I thought maybe a little “tune” would get his attention: nope. The other videos get into the details and contain a mountain of Substantial Evidence condemning, not only the doctors, but ALL of them.

After what McCain did I developed, for the first time in my life, dangerously high blood pressure. My doc said to me, "This is killing you. If it doesn't stop, you are going to 'pop'. Of course, to stop it you’d have to take them to court - and the stress of another lawsuit will probably kill you.” Great... Since they all know about what my doctor has said, and since they all refuse to even RESPOND about any of this, I can only assume

THEY WANT ME DEAD.

(Any honest doctors or lawyers out there???)

Update on update. I was

Update on update. I was just informed that Casses is still in Canada. On the paperwork it states that Casses is the Plaintiff and gives his address in Phoenix, AZ. ??? That would make his lawsuit ... ? It states that we "have caused certain events to occur in the County of Maricopa, State of Arizona from which Plaintiff's claims arise." And I'm in California. ??? What "actions" could have occurred in Arizona - that are causing Dr. Casses "harm" in Canada? It just doesn't make sense, especially now.

Please be careful Larry,they

Please be careful Larry,they will taser you. Sad That will be very sad in front of your children.

Thank you, but the only way

Thank you, but the only way I could be careful is to quit. Can't do that. He/they murdered our Mother - and EVERYBODY is helping them keep it covered up. Now I find it's been happening in Canada. I would be as culpable as the evil ones in Arizona who allowed him to go to Canada unfettered and able to freely continue his carnage.

And, yes, getting tased would be a genuine bummer. With my health situation, it will probably kill me. But, when I think back, I can still see our Mother, swollen up with the FIVE GALLONS OF WATER THEY PUT IN HER VEINS... How her organs slowly rotted while she lay there in agony for six long weeks. And now I find that he's hurt and even killed several more innocent people.

I would much rather face a taser - than just let it continue.

That would be the saddest thing of all.

Don't worry about your blood

Don't worry about your blood pressure Larry.

I think that NOT doing anything is likely to make it go up too.

It's a no win situation for honest patients who want to fight.

You're going into a battle that cannot be won.

Know that you are a war hero.

That's the way that I look at it, with my distorted vision.

And yet, my vision is not as distorted as some.

Hi wish. And you are

Hi wish. And you are exactly correct. My doc said I'm screwed either way. "Leave things the way they are - and my BP will be high. Try to fix things - and it will be high." The ONLY way it could possibly be OK, is if ANY of them would just COMMUNICATE. But they refuse. They remain silent and continue the cover-up(s). In the meantime, more and more folks are being hurt and killed.

If what I've heard is True, then I would call it MURDER. That is exactly what he/they did to our Mother. After he cut her real bad and she started bleeding out and lost ALL OF HER BLOOD, instead of giving her blood, they filled her with FIVE GALLONS OF WATER, then gave her a little blood - very little plasma, NO PLATELETS AT ALL - and finally they simply ABANDONED HER in the recovery room. To DIE, obviously. Then, when she didn't die - LIKE THEY MOST DEFINITELY HOPED SHE WOULD - they started the lies...

...which continue to this day.

And, in the meantime, Dr. Casses is STILL KILLING PEOPLE...

(No subject)

Sad

Larry,but it wont do you any

Larry,but it wont do you any good if they taser you and kill you,can't fight that way. Just stay safe,I say prayers for you. Smiling

Patients of Fernando Casses

Patients of Fernando Casses continue to discuss their post-operative experiences.

http://www.blogcatalog.com/search/frame?term=Fernando%20Casses&id=36e7d476e344b69307f9387206315cc3

"Does Canadian health care

"Does Canadian health care system or The College of Physicians give few medical personnels like Dr. Casses the free run to play with the lives of innocent Canadians like us ."

?????

In my opinion, yes, and we should not turn a blind eye to it.

The CMPA encourages it, from what I can see.

The system is indeed broken, and needs to be fixed.

I have seen too much.

When a doctor has the ability and experience to change your life to protect his reputation, and the College and legal system promote it as being "the standard", and "not a crime", and that if you, the grossly neglected patient persist, "you will lose your house" - then HELLO CANADA - WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

heartthrob wrote: Larry the

heartthrob wrote:
Larry the Citizen wrote:
One of the things he is claiming, that relates to this topic, is that I, "Larry the Citizen" has posted things about him as "FRIEND77". As "Mic on the North Shore" and others know, I am NOT "FRIEND77".

Do you know which posts specifically? This is an amazing claim.

ALL of them. And it is more than amazing - it is frightening. Not that someone can find out YOU are posting things, but that someone can post things and then claim that it is YOU. Dr. Casses himself could have posted actual libelous statements as anyone he wants - "FRIEND77, for example - and even post the amount and terms of the the settlement agreement - a Breach of the Contract - and then simply CLAIM that it was me.

I can easily prove that ALL of my statements are TRUE and that I did NOT Breach the Contract at all - but it is a bit worrisome that, with this web posting stuff, I (anyone) can be blamed for the actions of someone else. I'm hoping that we are still "innocent until proven guilty". It will be interesting to see how it works out.

Another unreal thing is that Casses' lawyer now knows that he is lying to the court - specifically about the Breach of Contract claim - but is continuing with it anyway. The video of the trial I put on YouTube shows a woman reading the JURY VERDICTS and the amounts of the JURY AWARDS. It has nothing to do with the settlement we were forced to accept - three years before the trial took place - yet he is continuing with his claim anyway... ???

Casses in in Quesnel BC as of

Casses in in Quesnel BC as of april 6th 2011.
he was supposed to operate on me tomorrow morning. I googled him and saw the CBC newscast. I cancelled my surgery.
I need my gallbladder removed asap.This is sooo not cool.

karebear1966 wrote: Casses in

karebear1966 wrote:

Casses in in Quesnel BC as of april 6th 2011.
he was supposed to operate on me tomorrow morning. I googled him and saw the CBC newscast. I cancelled my surgery.
I need my gallbladder removed asap.This is sooo not cool.

Its not cool that he was scheduled to be your surgeon. But it is cool how you were able to use the internet to avoid surgery under a bad doctor.

Didn't he just get booted out

Didn't he just get booted out of Alberta?

Why on earth they made healthcare provincial/state jurisdiction instead of federal will never cease to amaze me.

The Canadian and US constitutions are pretty powerful and well done documents, unfortunately allocation of power over healthcare to the regions and not the central government was a big mistake made in both.

island-doc wrote: Didn't he

island-doc wrote:

Didn't he just get booted out of Alberta?

Why on earth they made healthcare provincial/state jurisdiction instead of federal will never cease to amaze me.

The Canadian and US constitutions are pretty powerful and well done documents, unfortunately allocation of power over healthcare to the regions and not the central government was a big mistake made in both.

I don't think he's ever been in Alberta. He's still listed as a General Surgeon at cpsbc.ca. I don't see any listing at cpsa.ab.ca.

If you know anything to the contrary, please do post it.

karebear1966 wrote: Casses in

karebear1966 wrote:

Casses in in Quesnel BC as of april 6th 2011.
he was supposed to operate on me tomorrow morning. I googled him and saw the CBC newscast. I cancelled my surgery.
I need my gallbladder removed asap.This is sooo not cool.

Feel sorry for people who don't use the internet.

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote: If

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:

If you know anything to the contrary, please do post it.

I had heard something about him applying in Alberta a while back and actally getting licensed but then some issue with a board in the US (Arizona if I remember? Not sure which state) and he got revoked in Alberta.

I may be thinking of a different surgeon with a similar name

island-doc

island-doc wrote:
MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:

If you know anything to the contrary, please do post it.

I had heard something about him applying in Alberta a while back and actally getting licensed but then some issue with a board in the US (Arizona if I remember? Not sure which state) and he got revoked in Alberta.

I may be thinking of a different surgeon with a similar name

It may have been his brother from Toronto, who is also a surgeon.

So, who exactly is protecting

So, who exactly is protecting the public from doctors??? If this hack can get a license to practice in Canada, then what does that say about doctors in general - do they just get to keep practicing no matter how horrible they are? Obviously whatever licensing board is in place is not doing there job. It can't be that difficult to get a license if that guy can. How many doctors should have been "discharged" long ago but are still practicing and unsuspecting patients have no idea. Scary ****.

I was a patient of Dr.

I was a patient of Dr. Casses, after I had my gallbladder removed, he told me that he used dissolving stitches that there would be no need for followup care, also that the incisions, once healed, would not be visible. I ended up with infections in the incisions and tried for several weeks to get back in to see him to find out why I had seepage from my sutures, when i finally got back in to see him, over a month later, all he could say was that the stitches " just didnt dissolve ". He then cut the stitches and removed them, I have scars where the incisions were, and I was absolutely horrified when I found out about his past. I am even more horrified to know he is still operating in this hospital, I live in Quesnel, and keep waiting for the next story to come out about this man. As one of this mans VICTIMS, I personally feel like I have been lied to by the people who are responsible for my personal well being, the College of Physicians, Northern Health, GR Baker Memorial Hospital, and whoever else makes the decisions about who can or cannot operate on unsuspecting people. I had a right to know this mans history, to be informed, and I was not. Shame on all those responsible, and I pray for all those people who go under his knife, I was fortunate to walk away, I just hope he is stopped before any more people are harmed. I know he is still operating and I know there will be more victims, I really hope someone steps up to the plate and accepts responsibility, they made a mistake, remove his license, and make it right.

tabby wrote: So, who exactly

tabby wrote:

So, who exactly is protecting the public from doctors??? If this hack can get a license to practice in Canada, then what does that say about doctors in general - do they just get to keep practicing no matter how horrible they are? Obviously whatever licensing board is in place is not doing there job. It can't be that difficult to get a license if that guy can. How many doctors should have been "discharged" long ago but are still practicing and unsuspecting patients have no idea. Scary ****.

Tabby, following the initial complaint by West Coast Hospital in Port Alberni, BC, to the BC College, his license was changed from Temporary/Provisional to Permanent.

If you look at the staffing at GR Baker Memorial (and the Ministry of Health wait times list), you'll see that without him (or a replacement), the hospital would have to cease all general surgery. I have seen many situations where health care regions in BC have done just about everything under the sun to induce surgeons to ourlying areas. In one town, the provincial government gifted an entire hospital to six doctors to convince them not to leave the rural area - the hospital would have shut down without them.

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