Fugitive Doc Hit With $1.8M Verdict Over Unneeded Surgeries

Law360 (January 30, 2020, 11:08 PM EST) -- An Ohio federal jury has found that a doctor who purportedly fled the country after prosecutors accused him of performing unnecessary spinal surgeries on patients did in fact fabricate diagnoses and perform unneeded operations on two patients, and awarded them $1.77 million in damages.

In a pair of verdicts handed down Wednesday after a 10-day trial, the Cincinnati jury found in favor of plaintiffs Carol Ross and the estate of Paul Markesberry Jr., finding that Dr. Abubakar Atiq Durrani and his Center for Advanced Spine Technologies had overstated radiological findings, fabricated diagnoses, performed unnecessary surgeries and used improper surgical procedures....

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