When graduating from medical school, the vast majority of Pennsylvania doctors take what is known as the Hippocratic Oath, which states that they will adhere to certain ethical standards as they heal patients, rather than harm them. An out-of-state neurosurgeon apparently did not take the oath too seriously and is currently facing criminal charges for what authorities say were acts of assault on the operating table. For these alleged acts of medical malpractice, he lost his license to practice medicine back in June 2013.
The neurosurgeon in question performed many spinal operations on patients at a hospital, although he reportedly displayed a pattern of neglect and reckless behavior in the operating room. Two deaths have been directly linked to operations that he performed prior to the suspension of his license. At least six other patients were maimed or seriously injured, although it is possible that other patients may also have suffered from his negligent actions.