Suicide likely cause of Dr. Sandeep Sherlekar's death, police report shows: 6 things to know

Written by Megan Wood | October 11, 2016 | Print  |

Sgt. Andrew Alcorn, a Frederick, Md.-based police criminal investigation division supervisor, reported Sandeep Sherlekar, MD, likely committed suicide, based on review of evidence, according to The Frederick News-Post.

Dr. Sherlekar was a co-founder of Frederick-based American Spine Center.


Here are six key things to know:


1. Found unresponsive in the spine center on Sept. 30, Dr. Sherlekar was pronounced dead at the scene.


2. Sgt. Alcorn said they reviewed video inside the center, which showed Dr. Sherlekar alone before and at the time of his death. The physician also left notes, according to police.


3. Investigators believe Dr. Sherlekar intentionally overdosed. Police noted no significant trauma to his body.


4. The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will officially determine the cause and manner of death, but Sgt. Alcorn said they are "confident that the medical examiner's office will determine the manner of death was a suicide."


5. Dr. Sherlekar and four others were indicted by a federal grand jury on June 28 for allegedly participating in a $1.37 million kickback scheme. Dr. Sherlekar's arraignment was planned for Oct. 7.


6. Atif Malik, MD, another co-founder of American Spine Center, was also indicted for the kickback scheme.

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