The death of a 38 year old U.S. Marine in Las Vegas after having back surgery has once again created a buzz in this sleepy bedroom community. I could hear Elvis in the background singing; "Viva Las Wages!" The reason for the buzz is that the surgeon who performed the case, Mark Kabins, had recently pled guilty to federal charges and is considered to be a central figure in an ongoing investigation that has come to be known as the "Medical Mafia" case by the FBI.
A shroud of secrecy seems to be permeating the death of this patient. Mark Kabins was the attending surgeon, yet, Dr. Annie Cheanvechai a vascular surgeon, who was part of the patient's prep team will sign the death certificate, even though Kabins was listed as the admitting, attending, and the surgeon who performed the procedure. A question that remains to be answered is why Valley Hospital notified the Clark County's Coroner office of the patient's death, but did not mention Kabins as the surgeon of record? Could this be another "Aztec Two-Step?"
Off the record, some of Kabins colleagues are astonished by the ambitious surgery schedule that he has maintained, even though just a few weeks ago he pled guilty to being a willing participant in the medical mafia conspiracy. It was reported that since his plea in late November he has operated on 17 patients. Is this guy a Bassomatic? He slices, he dices? Is he a modern day Paladin? "Have Scalpel will Travel?" The NEVADA MEDICAL BOARD (a complete joke), AND THE JUDGE INVOLVED IN THE SENTENCING SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED, for not immediately revoking his license to practice, and only sentencing him to house arrest and five years probation. Once again, the government had the opportunity to send a STERN MESSAGE to physicians in general, and they have treated him with "kid gloves!" Desperate people that stick up a gas station and rob $50 dollars spend ten years in jail! Where is the justice? Have we lost our moral compass as a society? Isn't it embarrassing when some attorney stands up in court and calls someone like Kabins a pillar of the community? How sociopathic are these people exhibiting a total lack of moral responsibility or social conscience?
TSB understands that this is a highly toxic blog to post, but this is an opportunity to let your voices be heard and send a message to Spine Surgeons and the DOJ, THIS INSANITY HAS TO STOP! It's quite obvious that FEE FOR SERVICE played no role in Kabins behavior. Attorneys and Surgeons conspiring to rip off patients and the healthcare system, it's the American Dream!