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State board took action against Virginia hospital official

The Virginian-Pilot, August 20, 2014

The chief medical officer at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center was placed on probation for several months in 2010 and 2011 by the Virginia Board of Medicine following instances in which he began procedures on the wrong side of a patient's body, according to board documents. Dr. Paul W. Braunstein Jr.'s medical license has been in good standing since March 2011, and he said he hasn't had any wrong-site errors since two in 2005. During the four months of probation in 2010 and 2011, the board required that another physician monitor 20 surgeries that he performed. "Is it something I'm proud of?" Braunstein said. "No, but it is something I grew from."