VA Doc Still Active At Facility After Being Banned From Surgery On Dogs – INCIDENT 3:










Despite internal reports at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA medical center revealing that a doctor was banned from performing various surgeries on dogs because of his abysmal track record of fatalities, the facility still has him listed as an active physician.

The reports, obtained by the animal rights group White Coat Waste Project and provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation, indicate that physician Alex Tan, involved in animal research, botched dog surgeries so badly that he was taken off a project and banned from various types of dog surgeries in the future. Tan’s LinkedIn page shows an active affiliation with the McGuire medical center, as does the VA medical directory.

The DCNF could not independently confirm if he is in a position to perform surgeries on veterans, but Tan’s short bio noted his “interests include implanting defibrillators and pacemakers, performing ablation procedures for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and device and lead extractions.” Tan did not provide comment to TheDCNF by press time, and the VA refused to deny if he is performing surgeries on veterans.

Tan was involved in three surgical incidents dating from December 2015 to October 2016.

Finally, on October 11, 2016, Tan sliced into a dog’s chest to get at the heart and instead accidentally sliced the lung, leading to hypoxia and death. At this point, Tan’s authorization to perform surgeries on dogs was revoked. He was taken off the project, though the project itself continued, despite protests from a member of the animal research oversight committee at McGuire, who referred to his behavior as “reckless” and evident of a “lack of foresight.”



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