Notice of Disciplinary Action
At its meeting on April 21, 2017, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Board of Directors approved the recommendation of the Professional Conduct Committee to discipline a member for unprofessional conduct while serving as expert witnesses in medical malpractice lawsuit. The disciplinary action is as follows:
- Gregory J. Przybylski, MD, FAANS – Censure. The Board of Directors concluded that Dr. Przybylski of Edison, N.J., violated Section A.1 of the AANS Rules for Neurosurgical Medical/Legal Expert Opinion Services by demonstrating improper advocacy when he testified, among other things, that the patient had osteomyelitis, and that no other diagnosis was a more likely cause for the fusion construction failure, based on ESR, CRP, MRI and Staphylococcus epidermidis wound culture in the revision surgery; that longer and different antibiotic treatment and longer wound drainage would have avoided need for revision surgery; and that the unrecognized osteomyelitis burned out without antibiotic therapy. The Board of Directors also concluded that Dr. Przybykski violated Section A.4 by misrepresenting the standard of care when he testified that antibiotic treatment for six weeks after an esophageal tear closure, monitoring ESR and CRP and personal review of esophageal swallow studies are all required during treatment of a pharyngeal tear.
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