A Boston jury on Monday found that a spine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital failed to i
nform a Westwood financial analyst that he planned to operate on two patients at once, but the jury concluded that the doctor’s divided attention did not cause the man’s quadriplegia.
As a result the jury awarded Tony Meng, a 45-year-old father of two, no financial damages…
Meng’s disastrous operation figured prominently in a Globe Spotlight Team investigation of simultaneous surgeries at MGH and other teaching hospitals. Many hospitals have since restricted the practice, also known as “concurrent surgery,” and a US Senate committee recently sought to curb it.
Two other former patients of Wood’s have sued him for medical malpractice alleging that double-booking contributed to their complications. One of the patients is former Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks, who blames Wood for what he alleges was a botched back operation in 2011 that ended his career.
For more on the Globe series, click on the link above or see this interview with Spotlight Team editor Scott Allen