by Duluth News Tribune
May 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Despite praise and high pay, neurosurgeon Stefan Konasiewicz amassed a record of allegations and a state reprimand during his time in Duluth.
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Wow. That’s kind of too much coincidence. Too many patient deaths. Maybe he’s the reincarnation of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Maybe a name change to Dr. Satan?
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Kevorkian’s patients wanted to die.
This guy reminds me more of Dr. Josef Mengele.
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I know doctors feel picked on since they do have great responsibility with literally sometimes our life in their hands and when things go wrong 1 % of the time they get sued. I know generally in our society people don’t ever want to accept a bad result as just being “bad luck” or due to unforseen circumstances.
However, in this case it does seem strange that quite a number of other doctors had gone to St. Luke’s administration with their concerns and aparantly they were ingnored. Some of the names of those who had reservations and concerns about him are names we’ve all heard before…..so this isn’t a case of a few “no-name” doctors being bitter about his supposed success and high pay at St. Luke’s.
A second thing that sounds bad was the comment that the husband of the one gal who died while in his care made when he went to St. Luke’s Quality Assurance…….”they backpedaled on every question we asked”. Granted….I have no idea of the context of the conversation, but one can pretty much understand how that conversation went. This guy just lost his wife in a surgery where that was not a reasonable risk factor and he wants to know what happened…..and backpeddling usually means someone is going into “CYA” mode. Funny how “CYA” mode weaves it’s way into the quality assurance department….kind of defeats the purpose of the department doesn’t it ?
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What a nightmare. Seems that this “doctor” has relocated to Texas where he may not have reported these problems to the state medical board there…
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Hmmm…seems like the good “doctor” just moved to Texas and put this all behind him….
Here’s the bio they make available. I can’t believe you can just walk out leaving a trail of dead patients and hang up your shingle somewhere else like nothing happened….very very very scary.
Dr Stefan Konasiewicz is a board-certified neurosurgeon.
Born in Canada, Dr Konasiewicz completed residency and a fellowship at the University of Toronto. He has been a neurosurgeon with the Duluth Neurosurgical Institute since 1997 in Minnesota. He is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The American Board of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Board of Surgeons. He has a special interest in the treatment and management of acute head and spinal injuries. His expertise includes the surgical treatment of cerebrovascular disease, brain and spinal cord tumors, disorders of the peripheral nerves and the use of framed and frameless stereotaxy.He has received numerous national and international awards and has published extensively in the field of neurosurgery. He has lectured and taught nationally and internationally on spine and head trauma as well as complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery.
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Just what does a person do, to find a good doctor or identify a bad one? In looking at federal records on death by medical misadventure, more people die this way than by gunshot. It would seem that your odds are better facing a gunman than a hospital.
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Considering the concerns of patients, family members, and other Dr.’s that worked in the same hospital – couldn’t they have gone beyond St Luke’s and reported their concerns to a higher authority? The Medical Board? Even the DNT … would’ve been nice to have this public knowledge before he harmed so many.
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It would be nice if this report got picked up by the Associated Press or someone at a big newspaper in Texas took notice of this article. It would be nice if his future potential patients could become aware of all of this before they allow him to perform surgery on them. I think these former patients and their families would take a lot of comfort in the public there knowing about his history of malpractice.
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Reading this has made me even more suspicious that my father was a victim of this man’s abilities.
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Welcome to Obamacare.
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He was killing patients before you ever heard of Barack Obama.
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Obama had to learn the ropes somewhere.
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I have been affected by a death in the family from a doctor………my only advise is to go slow, and get a second opinion, to go slow, and get a second opinion,to go slow, and get a second opinion, to go slow, and get a second opinion, to go slow, and get a second opinion, to go slow, and get a second opinion, to go slow, and get a second opinion, to go slow, and get a second opinion. Obamacare has NOTHING to do with this tragety. It has to do with “the system” Sorry to say………..
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I have worked with both Dr. Himango and Dr. Donley and would, and HAVE recommended them both to ANYONE I talk with that needs help in their field. I would trust my LIFE with either of these physicians, so when they gave their statements to the Hospital Administration, they really really needed to take them seriously! Both of the physicians are EXPERTS in their fields, though one definitely has a much better bedside manner, their both TOP NOTCH doctors that should have been listened too by St. Lukes! I realize that mistakes happen in medicine, I’ve worked in the field for over 25 years, but this physician really really needed to be put on paid administrative leave while an extensive review was done then there may not have been as much harm and causalities at this hospital by ONE physician.
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Rhetorical question since you don’t know the answer -
Why didn’t these doctors report their concerns to the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice? Anyone with such knowledge is required to do that.
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