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US pathologist who deceived drug testers and misdiagnosed patients is sentenced to 20 years

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n306 (Published 02 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n306
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

A pathologist who worked for the US Veterans Administration (VA) has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment after he admitted to consuming an industrial chemical to avoid detection by drug testing, and then making dozens of life altering misdiagnoses.

Robert Morris Levy, 54, was charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter. He pleaded guilty to one count in his agreement with prosecutors. But pathologists who reviewed his work since 2005 found 3029 errors in 33 902 cases he had worked on, an error rate more than 10 times the average for VA doctors. This included 30 serious cancer misdiagnoses. Levy is being sued by several families.

Levy was first reported drunk by a …

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