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Syracuse surgeon slapped sedated patients, called them insulting names, feds say, April 8, 2014
A doctor at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center often slapped anesthetized patients on the buttocks and called them derogatory names before surgery, a government investigation alleges. The doctor slapped them so hard he sometimes left red marks or hand prints, according to a report by the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The slapping and other inappropriate behavior by the surgeon went on for at least a year and the hospital did nothing about it until a complaint was filed with hospital administrators in December, the report says.