OB-GYN Dr. Gil Mileikowsky was forced from his position at Encino Medical Center in Los Angeles after he testified in a 2003 case involving a medical mistake at the hospital. A day after confirming in court that doctors in his department mistakenly removed both of a woman’s fallopian tubes in error, he found himself being escorted from the building by security on the orders of administrators. Tenet Health Systems, the company that operates the hospital, likely rues that day.
Enraged by his treatment, Dr. Mileikowsky went to war, becoming an outspoken advocate of changes to the federal whistle blower laws
protecting doctors, arguing that administrators use dirty tricks to destroy
the reputations of doctors who speak out when mistakes are made — labeling them as "disruptive" and organizing "sham peer review" proceedings. His passionate arguments won the support of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He would be represented in court by star attorney Alan Derschowitz. A California court threw out Mileikowsky’s subsequent case against Tenet. Earlier this month, however, that decision was reversed, in a ruling that likely foreshadows serious problems ahead for hospital operators who want to avoid scrutiny of safety conditions at their facilities. Last week, Dr. Mileikowsky testified to a hearing held by the Small Business Administration on the need for added protections in the system. His solution: a metaphorical "black box" at hospitals and an "FAA" to monitor safety conditions in the healthcare system. In this YouTube segment he talks about the issues involved and the current state of safety reporting. — John Irvine
UPDATE: You can learn more about Dr. Mileikowsky’s campaign against medical errors at the web site of the organization he founded, the Alliance for Patient Safety.