After a year long analysis of Medicare records, the Wall Street Journal reported on March 29th , 2011 revealing a troubling pattern of multiple surgeries performed by Portland, Oregon based neurosurgeon V. James Makker, M.D.. The red flag was that Dr. Makker's rate of additional spinal fusion operations was 39 for every 100 procedures that he had performed in 2008 and 2009.
According to this report, Dr. Makker has been sued eight times in nine years of practice, compared to the average norm of one suit every two years for U.S. neurosurgeons. The disconcerting aspect of this report focuses on patient Ronald Johnson whom Dr. Makker has operated on six (6) times in less than two years. Mr. Johnson says that he felt progressively worse after each procedure, eventually notifying Dr. Makker that he was done with having surgery.
What seems to be concerning is that upon being notified, Dr. Makker took a second look at Mr. Johnson's x-rays and was quoted as saying "actually, you're going to be alright, adding that Dr. Makker had been looking at the films wrong."
Based on TSB's findings, the only public records in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for the County of Mutilnomah relate to the case of Dawn D. Johnson and Shane E. Johnson v. V. James Makker, M.D., Frank J. McKowne, M.D., and Northwest Permanente, P.C., an Oregon corporation. The plaintiffs were/are seeking a jury trial for damages claimed for $ 2,382,935,77. Yet, based on the names, this seems to be an entirely different case involving surgeries that were performed on the incorrect level of thoracic spine by the defendant. You know what TSB says, "one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch girl."