VA Doc Still Active At Facility After Being Banned From Surgery On Dogs – INCIDENT 1:










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.

TheDCNF 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.

In the December 1, 2015, incident, Tan, the Principal Investigator on project 02002, gave a sedative overdose to a dog, and by the time Tan left for the day, at around 12 a.m., the dog was obviously not recovering from surgery and remained unresponsive. The dog was not provided with any fluids until 7:30 a.m. the next day, even though those fluids were medically indicated. The dog was also not placed on a warming pad, per proper procedures.

The next morning, Tan’s technician found the dog totally unresponsive and suffering from low blood pressure and short, belabored breaths, and accidentally gave that dog the wrong drug for pain relief. Once the supervisor arrived and was notified of the situation, the dog was given a separate drug to reverse the first, placed on a proper warming pad and closely monitored. The dog, amazingly, managed to recover by the next day.

Upon review, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which research facilities are required to have by law, stated that Tan had failed to provide proper care to the dog and abandoned the dog in a “state that could have led to death.” The committee also mandated that Tan receive serious training and close supervision.

“Understand that any future serious violations may result in full suspension or termination of your animal protocol at the VA,” the committee warned.



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