Rutgers puts neurosurgery chief on leave after 'ghost surgery' allegations


Anil Nanda, MD, head of neurosurgery at Rutgers University's two medical schools in New Jersey, has been put on paid administrative leave after allegations of professional misconduct, according to

The university's decision stems from the surgeon's alleged behavior at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick; Rutgers officials have not disclosed what caused the disciplinary action.

However, sources close to the matter told the publication the allegations involved the scheduling of multiple surgeries, parts of which other surgeons may have performed. The practice, known as "ghost surgeries," describes incidents where a surgeon operates on another physician's patient — the surgeons are aware of the arrangement, but the patient is not.

Dr. Nanda, who earns $2.2 million per year, will not provide any clinical, academic or other services at Rutgers or its affiliates until an independent investigation is completed, according to the report. An attorney for the surgeon declined to comment to

Rutgers officials did not immediately respond to Becker's request for comment.  

The neurosurgeon joined Rutgers and West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health in 2018 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. There, he served as chair of the medical school's department of neurosurgery until he was abruptly removed from the position in 2017, according to the Shreveport Times.

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