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PSU surgeon let go after raising transplant concerns

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June 20, 2024
Inside this edition: Penn State surgeon let go after raising transplant concerns, how Shapiro’s budget could help adults with intellectual disabilities, and a free virtual event on how property reassessments affect Pa. taxpayers.
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Real quick: Raymond Lynch told at least two top Penn State Health officials about his concerns with the liver and kidney transplant programs months before federal review. Then he was let go, Spotlight PA’s Charlotte Keith and Wyatt Massey report.

A little more: By the time he was told to leave the hospital, Raymond Lynch had nearly run out of people to warn.

He had warned staff in the transplant unit and fellow surgeons. He had warned his boss.

He had even taken his concerns to at least two top Penn State Health leaders.

Lynch compiled data showing what he thought were serious problems in the kidney and liver transplant programs at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Patients were dying while waiting for a liver transplant, or becoming too sick to undergo the procedure, at what he considered an alarmingly high rate. So few patients were receiving kidney transplants that he worried regulators would intervene. He thought the way the program was being run was costing some patients a chance at a potentially lifesaving operation.

And some who received transplants were experiencing dangerous and potentially avoidable complications afterward, Lynch argued. 

The full story: Read more here.
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