of one of Fox's patients complained to the state Board of Medicine. The
man's wife had gone to Fox for a hysterectomy, and died two weeks later of
complications from the procedure. The claim alleged the hysterectomy was
unnecessary and unadvisable because of her weight, liver and
A 1998 report on the board's action said Fox was performing up to 60
hysterectomies a year, and that his insurer settled the widower's claim
for $775,000 without his consent. He filed for bankruptcy last year,
- Dr. Oscar Solidum Irisari has paid $1.9 million since 1993 to resolve
four malpracticeclaims. A fifth case was dismissed against
the Moundsville obstetrician during that time.
One settled claim blamed Irisari for brain damage suffered by an infant
born in 1993. Another alleged a delay in diagnosing breast cancer in a
Prior records show Irisari had paid, through his insurers, $3.5 million
to settle eight other malpracticeclaims between 1984 and
1993. The Board of Medicine fined Irisari in the 1980s for failing to
report one of those settlements, mandated by state law. He was required to
pass a competency exam after the board disciplined him again, in 1994,
- Dr. Conrad D. Tamea Jr. had 12 claims reported between 1993
and 2000. One ended in a $120,000 jury verdict, while three others settled
for a total of $383,000. The remaining claims were dismissed.
The settled claims accused the orthopedic surgeon of botching a
1994 jury found against Tamea after he allegedly failed to diagnose bone
disease in a 15-year-old boy.
- Dr. Boonlua Lucktong paid $2.5 million to settle four claims
filed against him over his work at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical
Two of those claims blamed Lucktong for deaths at the VA center.
The Board of Medicine suspended his license in 1996, and required him to
pass a competency exam. After he failed the exam, the board revoked his
license the following year.
The federal government initially balked at reporting the claims
to the state Board of Medicine. State officials secured an order from a
federal judge to compel the VA to follow the reporting law.
The VA paid the claims against Lucktong on his behalf. Insurance
companies paid the other claims listed above on the behalf of those
To contact staff writer Lawrence Messina, use e-mail or call 348-4869.