An osteopathic physician who lied on his application for a position at Putnam General Hospital (Putnam County, WV) five years ago, has over 120 medical malpractice lawsuits pending against him at the current time.

Dr. John A. King, originally from Alabama, had gaps in his application, has been arrested, has left other positions abruptly, and has over 120 malpractice lawsuits pending in the United States. Somehow, all these red flags went unnoticed to the Putnam General Hospital and he was hired as an orthopedic surgeon in October 2002.

An attorney for the hospital insists that the hospital properly followed a seven-step screening process before granting King temporary credentials. Hospital officials say they found that King was licensed and in good standing in nine other states, that he was insured and that former colleagues and instructors gave him great reviews. Hospital officials state that several other hospitals where King performed surgeries did not report malpractice claims to the national database that hospitals rely on when interviewing candidates.

King surrendered his medical license and has since left the state.

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