Barred VA neurosurgeon continues to receive $339k annual salary: 5 insights

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | November 28, 2017 | Print  |

Despite being barred in 2014 and fired in 2016, Mohamed Eleraky, MD, is still on staff at the Montgomery (Miss.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center and being paid his $339,177 without performing surgeries for three and a half years, the Clarion Ledger reports.

Here are five insights:

 

1. In 2013, Dr. Eleraky's operating privileges were suspended after a spinal fusion didn't go as planned. Dr. Eleraky remained on staff for a year until the VA suspended his clinical privileges.

 

2. After two years of inaction, the VA fired Dr. Eleraky in 2016 after the neurosurgeon filed complaints to the VA headquarters about his inability to resolve the suspension. The medical center was "forced to reinstate" him earlier this year.

 

3. During this time, the VA has paid the neurosurgeon more than $1 million while he has not performed a single surgery nor has seen any patients. Dr. Eleraky's hospital privileges have also expired, and he is waiting on the VA to allow him to take a skills assessment.

 

4. Dr. Eleraky claims he was inappropriately disciplined for his refusal to amend patient records, his ethnicity and in retaliation for filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint. Because he is not licensed in Mississippi, the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure has no jurisdiction to

investigate.

 

5. Dr. Eleraky's case is not unusual. In 2016, a study found VA medical centers across the country continue to pay millions in administrative leave to physicians with "questionable track records."

 

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