April 7, 2014 1:18 pm -

Michael Clarke, a Syracuse, NY surgeon, says he was trying to see if the spinal anesthesia was working.

Clarke, 47, also allegedly insulted some of his patients, calling them ‘fat [expletive]’, and discussed graphic sexual acts with staff in the operating room, witnesses told investigators.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York also faces sanctions following claims they did nothing about his behavior, and it could be terminated from the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Clarke, a married orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip replacement, was not identified in the federal report, but a complaint filed in January with the state Health Department identifies him and the details of the two complaints match up, according to theĀ Syracuse Post-Standard.

D.B. Hirsch
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