Michigan neurosurgeon permanently loses license, settles charges he misdiagnosed 250 children

Written by Alan Condon | May 21, 2020 | Print  |

Neurosurgeon Yasser Awaad, MD, on May 20 permanently surrendered his medical license and agreed to pay $5,000 to settle allegations that he misdiagnosed more than 250 children as suffering from epilepsy or seizure disorders, Detroit Free Press reports.

Dr. Awaad previously practiced at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, Mich., now part of Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health.

A 2018 complaint filed by the state attorney general alleged that Dr. Awaad made misdiagnoses that were "based on electroencephalograms that were either not performed or not interpreted properly."

Children were given unnecessary medication that was sometimes harmful, according to the complaint. The complaints pertain to cases from 1997 to 2007.

Dr. Awaad was found to be negligent in two civil cases.

A jury awarded one patient $3 million, which was later reduced to $846,000 due to caps on malpractice claims. The patient in the second case was awarded almost $2.8 million, which is likely to be reduced too, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Dr. Awaad has not practiced medicine since 2007, according to state officials.

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