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May 16, 2014

Indicted cancer doctor has ties to Goshen

Farid Fata accused of Medicare fraud, overtreating patients

An Oakland Township, Mich., physician facing a medical malpractice lawsuit and a criminal trial has a connection to Goshen.

Farid Fata, according to the mylicense.in.gov was formerly employed by Goshen General Hospital. The Indiana Business Directory lists Fata specifically at the Center for Cancer Care. He was licensed in Indiana March 12, 1999, and the license expired June 30, 2001.

Melanie Verburg, public relations specialist at IU Health Goshen Hospital, stated in an email that because of the ongoing investigation she could not provide any additional information about Fata.

According to an article earlier this month in The Oakland Press, based in Pontiac, Mich., a medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against Fata, who also faces a criminal trial for Medicare fraud in August.

The Oakland Press reported that attorneys for William Durst filed the lawsuit against Fata. It’s the first such suit to be filed against Fata in Oakland County Circuit Court since the physician was charged with Medicare fraud last year.

In the Medicare fraud case, The Oakland Press reported, Fata is accused of administering cancer treatment to patients who did not need it or whose lives would not be improved by it. Fata was charged in a 19-county federal indictment in November 2013.

The Oakland Press reports that in the lawsuit, Durst accuses Fata of providing “excessive chemotherapy” during treatment in 2012. Fata is also accused of breaching several standards of practice regarding chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

The Pontiac newspaper reports that Fata’s practice, Michigan Hematology-Oncology, as well as Crittenton Cancer Center, V. Elayne Arterberry and Michigan Radiation Associates, are also named as defendants in the suit. The lawsuit seeks damages against all defendants, according to The Oakland Press.

In a response to the complaint filed by Fata, The Oakland Press reports, Fata and his practice “deny that they were negligent in any manner whatsoever” and “that any and all of the care and treatment rendered by them in all respects complied with the applicable standard of practice.”

Fata has been sued multiple times in the past for medical malpractice, according to The Oakland Press, and court records show three prior lawsuits in Oakland County.

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