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Lawsuit Alleges Negligence Against Surgeon

Another lawsuit has been filed against Shreveport neurosurgeon Dr. Ravish Patwardhan, this one accusing him of malpractice in the treatment of a patient. The petition, filed by attorney John Hammons of Shreveport, alleges Patwardhan was negligent in the patient's care. "This claim is now a petition against Dr. Patwardhan, and even though we have filed well over 130 to 140 claims against Dr. Patwardhan, this is the first petition of this sort," Hammons said, referring to the claim of intentional harm of a patient. Patwardhan defends the quality of surgery and health care he provides, saying the complaints have come from a small minority of his patients. The large majority have been satisfied with the care they received, he said. The state medical board has ordered Patwardhan to stop performing surgeries, restricting his medical license to non-surgical matters. Earlier this fall, five people who said they were operated on by Patwardhan and had problems because of the care they received filed a lawsuit against Willis Knighton Medical Center, alleging it did not adequately check his credentials or check into complaints about the quality of his work. The lawsuit alleges Patwardhan was too concerned about the number of surgeries he performed and the speed in which they were done.Willis-Knighton has declined comment on the lawsuit.

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