BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL

  • 75 FRANCIS STREET, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 02115, PHONE: 617-732-5500

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

Gallbladder Removal, Laparoscopic: No surgeons met the volume requirement of 20 for this procedure.

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

RICHARD SCOTT »
Performed Procedure 508 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

1.2%
WOLFGANG FITZ »
Performed Procedure 588 times
Complications 1-10
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

1.4%
TOM MINAS »
Performed Procedure 62 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

1.9%
DANIEL ESTOK »
Performed Procedure 61 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

1.9%
SCOTT MARTIN »
Performed Procedure 93 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.2%
JOHN READY »
Performed Procedure 82 times
Complications 1-10
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.3%
R WRIGHT »
Performed Procedure 549 times
Complications 13
Raw complication rate 2.4%
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.4%
THOMAS THORNHILL »
Performed Procedure 173 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.7%
GREGORY BRICK »
Performed Procedure 142 times
Complications 1-10
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.7%

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

EDWIN GRAVEREAUX, BARRY SIMMONS, JOHN ABRAHAM

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 BRICK »
Performed Procedure 155 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.4%
JOHN READY »
Performed Procedure 124 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.5%
SCOTT MARTIN »
Performed Procedure 41 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.5%
THOMAS THORNHILL »
Performed Procedure 125 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.9%
WOLFGANG FITZ »
Performed Procedure 73 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.9%
MARK VRAHAS »
Performed Procedure 21 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.0%
DANIEL ESTOK »
Performed Procedure 83 times
Complications 1-10
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.3%

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

MICHAEL WEAVER, TOM MINAS, RICHARD SCOTT

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

CHRISTOPHER BONO »
Performed Procedure 90 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.9%
GREGORY BRICK »
Performed Procedure 33 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.4%

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

MITCHEL HARRIS, MARCO FERRONE, JOHN CHI, AUGUSTINE CHOI, MICHAEL GROFF

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, 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

CHRISTOPHER BONO »
Performed Procedure 30 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0*
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.6%
GREGORY BRICK »
Performed Procedure 20 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Adjusted Complication Rate
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Medium
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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:

MICHAEL GROFF, MITCHEL HARRIS, JOHN CHI, ARTHUR DAY

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 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

JEROME RICHIE »
Performed Procedure 53 times
Complications 0
Raw complication rate 0
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

2.3%
ADAM KIBEL »
Performed Procedure 57 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.4%
JIM HU »
Performed Procedure 108 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.5%

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

CHRISTOPHER DOYLE, MICHAEL MCDONALD, KEVIN LOUGHLIN, GRAEME STEELE, STEVEN CHANG

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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

GRAEME STEELE »
Performed Procedure 33 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.8%
MICHAEL OLEARY »
Performed Procedure 31 times
Complications 1-10
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.8%
GARY KEARNEY »
Performed Procedure 29 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

3.8%
MICHAEL KEARNEY »
Performed Procedure 32 times
Complications 1-10
Raw complication rate Redacted
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Medium
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Surgeon's Rate

95% Conf. Interval

4.5%

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

KEVIN LOUGHLIN, CHRISTOPHER DOYLE, MICHAEL MCDONALD

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