To Whom it May Concern:
Re: Medical Records of Carl K. and litigation filed by wife and children.
I, ********, M. D., have been asked to review the medical records of the above-named individual, now decedent, in a malpractice action pertaining to a simple foot surgery with resulting pulmonary embolism and death. The wife has filed a wrongful death suit. I have no financial interest in the outcome of this suit.
I am a board-certified surgeon with 35 years of active full-time practice. I have performed foot and ankle surgery all these years and my current job duties at the ********** Medical center involve performing foot and ankle surgery. I have performed talo -navicular foot fusions as well as other fusions in the foot and ankle. While at the Tucson VA from 2003-2007, I served as Chief of Orthopedics but also was involved in serving as an attending on the podiatry service and performing complicated foot and ankle surgery with the podiatry residents. The risk of post-op VTE was always considered and acted upon with these cases.