MEDSTAR WASHINGTON HOSPITAL CENTER

How Surgeons at This Hospital Perform, by Procedure

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An individual surgeon who performs this procedure at this hospital.

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At least one surgeon performing this procedure has a high adjusted rate of complications.

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Knee Replacement
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Hip Replacement
Gallbladder Removal, Laparoscopic
Lumbar Spinal Fusion, Posterior Column
Lumbar Spinal Fusion, Anterior Column
Prostate Removal
Prostate Resection

Cervical (Neck) Spinal Fusion: No surgeons met the volume requirement of 20 for this procedure.

How we calculated these rates: Guided by top researchers and doctors, ProPublica used Medicare data from 2009-2013 to identify cases where a patient died in the hospital or had to be readmitted within 30 days for a problem related to one of these elective procedures. We then calculated complication rates for surgeons, carefully accounting for differences in patient health, age and hospital quality. These rates are calculated using data from Medicare records, which do not include patients with private insurance or in another program like Medicaid. A surgeon’s rate spans all hospitals at which he or she operates and is not unique to a given hospital. Read our methodology »

Important: Some surgeons may no longer be operating at this hospital.

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Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement (ICD-9-CM code 81.54)

Replace diseased knee joint with an artificial knee. The most common reason for a knee replacement is osteoarthritis, which is a breakdown of the cartilage in the joint. More information External link 52be2b4367cfb6db1164bdeed0171197ab10172e55a8db3542a9c308908df2ba

PAMELA COBB »
Performed Procedure 44 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

1.9%
JAMES COBEY »
Performed Procedure 23 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.0%
GREGORY FORD »
Performed Procedure 94 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.1%
DAVID JOHNSON »
Performed Procedure 78 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.5%
JAMES TOZZI »
Performed Procedure 79 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.8%
STEPHEN GUNTHER »
Performed Procedure 49 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.8%

The following surgeons perform this procedure less than 20 times in Medicare, lower than our threshold for display:

EVAN ARGINTAR, JAMES DEBRITZ, ROBERT HENSHAW, WIEMI DOUOGUIH

Hospital Misattributions:

This hospital also billed Medicare for fewer than 11 cases of this procedure that were attributed to non-surgeons. Because the surgeon’s identity is uncertain, we do not report them. Of these cases, 0 resulted in complications.

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Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement (ICD-9-CM code 81.51)

Replace diseased hip joint with an artificial hip joint. The most common reason for a hip replacement is osteoarthritis, which is a breakdown of the cartilage in the joint. More information External link 52be2b4367cfb6db1164bdeed0171197ab10172e55a8db3542a9c308908df2ba

GREGORY FORD »
Performed Procedure 32 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.5%
JAMES TOZZI »
Performed Procedure 93 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.6%
STEPHEN GUNTHER »
Performed Procedure 24 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.9%

The following surgeons perform this procedure less than 20 times in Medicare, lower than our threshold for display:

JAMES DEBRITZ, JAMES COBEY, EVAN ARGINTAR, PAMELA COBB, JOHN COHEN

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Gallbladder Removal, Laparoscopic

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (ICD-9-CM code 51.23)

Minimally invasive gallbladder removal. This is performed most commonly when gallstones are blocking the flow of bile. More information External link 52be2b4367cfb6db1164bdeed0171197ab10172e55a8db3542a9c308908df2ba

ABDUL AHAD »
Performed Procedure 34 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.5%
Hospital Misattributions:

This hospital also billed Medicare for fewer than 11 cases of this procedure that were attributed to non-surgeons. Because the surgeon’s identity is uncertain, we do not report them. Of these cases, 0 resulted in complications.

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Lumbar Spinal Fusion, Posterior Column and Approach

Fusing two or more vertebrae in the lower back; performed on the back of the spine, incision in the back (ICD-9-CM code 81.07)

The fusing of two or more vertebrae in the lower back, performed on the back portion of the spine. One of the most common reasons is the narrowing of the space between the vertebrae, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, causing pain. It can also be done because of disc degeneration or a condition where one bone in the back slides forward over the bone below it. More information External link 52be2b4367cfb6db1164bdeed0171197ab10172e55a8db3542a9c308908df2ba

JOHN STARR »
Performed Procedure 30 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.2%
JEFF JACOBSON »
Performed Procedure 22 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.4%
EDWARD AULISI »
Performed Procedure 23 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.0%
JAMES TOZZI »
Performed Procedure 24 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.6%

The following surgeons perform this procedure less than 20 times in Medicare, lower than our threshold for display:

JONATHAN SLOTKIN, ROBERT MASON, ZACHARY LEVINE, JOHN THOMAS, GEOFFREY KAUNG

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Lumbar Spinal Fusion, Anterior Column, Posterior Approach

Fusing two or more vertebrae in the lower back; performed on the front of the spine, incision in the back (ICD-9-CM code 81.08)

The fusing of two or more vertebrae in the lower back, performed on the front portion of the spine. One of the most common reasons is the narrowing of the space between the vertebrae, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, causing pain. It can also be done because of disc degeneration or a condition where one bone in the back slides forward over the bone below it. More information External link 52be2b4367cfb6db1164bdeed0171197ab10172e55a8db3542a9c308908df2ba

JEFF JACOBSON »
Performed Procedure 35 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.5%
JAMES TOZZI »
Performed Procedure 22 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.1%
JOHN STARR »
Performed Procedure 33 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.2%

The following surgeons perform this procedure less than 20 times in Medicare, lower than our threshold for display:

GEOFFREY KAUNG, EDWARD AULISI, ZACHARY LEVINE, JONATHAN SLOTKIN

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Prostate Removal

Radical prostatectomy (ICD-9-CM code 60.5)

The removal of the entire prostate gland via the open or laparoscopic or robotic method. Usually performed to treat prostate cancer. More information External link 52be2b4367cfb6db1164bdeed0171197ab10172e55a8db3542a9c308908df2ba

JONATHAN HWANG »
Performed Procedure 148 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.3%
MOHAMED ATALLA »
Performed Procedure 20 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.6%
BARLOW LYNCH »
Performed Procedure 32 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.9%
ASHISH BEHARI »
Performed Procedure 42 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.2%

The following surgeons perform this procedure less than 20 times in Medicare, lower than our threshold for display:

NABIL KHAWAND, MOHAN VERGHESE, ROY JOSEPH, SEYED GHASEMIAN, NEIL KANSAL

Hospital Misattributions:

This hospital also billed Medicare for fewer than 11 cases of this procedure that were attributed to non-surgeons. Because the surgeon’s identity is uncertain, we do not report them. Of these cases, 0 resulted in complications.

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Prostate Resection

Other transurethral prostatectomy (ICD-9-CM code 60.29)

The resection and removal of a portion of the prostate through the urethra. This is most commonly done because of an enlarged prostate that may be restricting the flow of urine. More information External link 52be2b4367cfb6db1164bdeed0171197ab10172e55a8db3542a9c308908df2ba

GERALD BATIPPS, »
Performed Procedure 23 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.1%
SEYED GHASEMIAN »
Performed Procedure 22 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
Low
Medium
High Adjusted Rate of Complications

Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.3%

The following surgeons perform this procedure less than 20 times in Medicare, lower than our threshold for display:

NABIL KHAWAND, BARLOW LYNCH, MOHAN VERGHESE, NEIL KANSAL, KRISHNAN VENKATESAN, JOSEPH AFRICA, MOHAMED ATALLA, ASHISH BEHARI, GEORGE CHANG, JONATHAN HWANG, LEROY HALL

Hospital Misattributions:

This hospital also billed Medicare for fewer than 11 cases of this procedure that were attributed to non-surgeons. Because the surgeon’s identity is uncertain, we do not report them. Of these cases, 0 resulted in complications.

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