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New York doctor charged with fraud in surgery on mentally ill patients

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 08 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1354
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Dr Shaul Debbi, 48, a New York City ophthalmologist, has been charged with performing unnecessary cataract surgery on mentally ill residents of Leben Home in Queens, New York.

    An FBI complaint, unsealed in federal court, stated that Dr Debbi conducted nearly 50 eye operations on more than 30 Leben residents in 1999 and 2000. The procedures cost the government …

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