Doctor sactioned for procedures done at Veteran Affairs hospital

    Back in 2009, Dr. Gary Kao told a Senate panel he’d acted in his patients’ best interest when he gave them insufficient doses of medicine to kill prostate cancer cells. As the Associated Press reports this morning, Kao has now been sanctioned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


    While working at Philadelphia’s VA Medical Center, Kao implanted radioactive seeds in organs and tissue surrounding the prostates of nearly 100 patients, which resulted in insufficient cancer-killing doses.

    The VA center was fined $227,500 last year for the botched procedures, and now the NRC says Kao cannot take part in any more agency-related activities without first getting more training.

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