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WXYZ 7 Action News Detroit: Ascension Hospital Aware of Dr. Malviya’s Unnecessary Procedures, but Patients Weren’t Told

October 14, 2022

Longtime Michigan gynecological oncologist Dr. Vinay Kumar Malviya recently settled a $775,000 civil lawsuit with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) after being accused by physicians, former patients, state regulators, and the DOJ of putting countless women at risk of needless complications by performing unnecessary procedures, including radical hysterectomies and administering excessive cycles of chemotherapy. As a result of these risky and often unjustified procedures, many patients suffered irreparable, lifelong emotional, psychological, and physical damages.

On September 8, 2022, WXYZ 7 Action News Detroit revealed the shocking claims and ongoing litigation against Dr. Malviya, who is referred to as “the butcher” by former colleagues. On Ocotber 12, 2022, Channel 7 Investigators further revealed that although aware of Dr. Malviya performing unnecessary procedures, Ascnesion Hospital did not inform patients. To read the full story visit:


How Were Dr. Malviya’s Alleged Unnecessary Surgical Procedures Exposed?

In 2016, Malviya’s former employer, Ascension Hospitals, engaged with a third-party physician to review patient records over concerns that he was operating outside the medical standard of care. Repeatedly, the reviewing doctor found that Malviya performed needless procedures, including radical hysterectomies, when much less invasive options with fewer risks were warranted. Additionally, it was discovered that Malviya repeatedly overprescribed chemotherapy, ordering nine rounds instead of the six that were medically appropriate. As a result of unnecessary surgical procedures and treatments, countless women experienced significant side effects including (but not limited to):

  • Excessive blood loss
  • Bone marrow suppression
  • Kidney damage
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Damage to the bladder, bowel, ureters, and major vessels
  • Trouble walking

In 2017, Michigan state watchdogs at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”) hired an independent physician to review Malviya’s treatment records after his own colleagues went to the FBI over concerns regarding his treatment. The independent physician found that in twelve cases where Dr. Malviya performed radical hysterectomies, the procedure “was not appropriate in 9,” explaining “this egregious surgical management” was “heavily influenced by a lack of knowledge as well as…financial gain.” Dr. Malviya medical malpractice lawyer Robert Buchanan explains that these invasive procedures came with greater risks. “His patients would leave with big incisions…it was very common for those incisions to get infected,” elaborated Buchanan.

In April 2022, the United States Department of Justice sanctioned Dr. Malviya for performing unnecessary surgical procedures and administering excessive chemotherapy. Malviya agreed to pay $774,000 to resolve the DOJ claims, but he refused to admit wrongdoing despite acknowledging that many of his procedures were unconventional. He is now banned from participating in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs until 2025; however, he has still been allowed to retain his medical license.

At What Hospitals Did Dr. Malviya Perform Unnecessary Surgeries and Procedures?

Dr. Malviya performed unnecessary procedures and treatments at Ascension hospitals in Michigan, including:

  • Providence Park Hospital in Southfield
  • John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit
  • John Macomb Oakland Hospital in Warren
  • Ascension Crittenton Hospital in Rochester

Michigan Malpractice Lawyers Committed to Fighting for the Victims of Dr. Malviya and Ascension Hospitals

If you received medical treatment from Dr. Malviya at an Ascension hospital, contact Donna MacKenzie (248.591.2300) or Rob Buchanan (616.458.2464) to schedule a free, confidential consultation to learn whether you may qualify to pursue justice and maximum compensation for your injuries.