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Former Chargers doctor drops lawsuit against device-maker

David Chao had blamed company for malpractice suit against him

David Chao
David Chao

Dr. David Chao, former team doctor for the Chargers, has dropped a legal attempt to recover $2.2 million from medical device maker Smith & Nephew, according to MassDevice.com.

Chao claimed in a suit in U.S. district court that the company was at fault for a malpractice suit against him that was settled for $2.2 million in 2008. Now Chao has dismissed that suit, according to today's (Nov. 7) issue of the publication.

The Chargers announced in June that Chao was leaving to spend more time with his family. But USA Today revealed that two San Diego hospitals had decided not to permit Chao to perform further surgeries.

Officials at Scripps Memorial Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital had conducted reviews of Chao's quality of care and of his alcohol consumption, according to hospital letters obtained by USA Today.

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David Chao
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Dr. David Chao, former team doctor for the Chargers, has dropped a legal attempt to recover $2.2 million from medical device maker Smith & Nephew, according to MassDevice.com.

Chao claimed in a suit in U.S. district court that the company was at fault for a malpractice suit against him that was settled for $2.2 million in 2008. Now Chao has dismissed that suit, according to today's (Nov. 7) issue of the publication.

The Chargers announced in June that Chao was leaving to spend more time with his family. But USA Today revealed that two San Diego hospitals had decided not to permit Chao to perform further surgeries.

Officials at Scripps Memorial Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital had conducted reviews of Chao's quality of care and of his alcohol consumption, according to hospital letters obtained by USA Today.

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Don - doctors can be alcohol sick too, is there any truth or is it the favorite pick for a railroad?

Nov. 8, 2013

shirleyberan: USA Today did an excellent investigative job on this one. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 8, 2013

I see - I did hear about this guy - he appears very guilty with a settlement and several other cases.

Nov. 8, 2013

shirleyberan: He has had his problems but I wouldn't use the term "guilty" or definitely "very guilty" in reference to him. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 8, 2013

I said "appears". I can imagine surgery with shaky hands would upset some people. Don't know what really happened but something, unless Charger admin got it wrong, which is possible too.

Nov. 8, 2013

shirleyberan: Yes, you did hedge it with the word "appears." Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 8, 2013

Knowing too much about the NFL, and other pro sports, I wonder if the teams are looking for competent medical assistance and treatment. If a team has to have a team doctor, then hire one whose loyalties are with the employer, not the patient (player.) From a front-office perspective, an "ideal" team physician would be one who gave palliative treatment to the players, and kept them in the game. Heavy use of pain-killers would be de rigueur in a situation like that. But then, what? Well, maybe this is what finally became of Dr. Chao. And he should wonder if the damage to his reputation and career was worth it.

Nov. 9, 2013

Visduh: You are hitting on a very sensitive subject that is whispered about, but not spoken about openly. What about these doctors who are hired by teams, or the ones hired by the league? You will notice that in the studies of brain injuries from concussions , the doctors who worked for the league were hesitant to endorse the findings of independent scientists working on the topic.

The activities of the doctors who work for teams raise a very serious question -- the one that you raised. A book could be written on the topic. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 9, 2013

viewer: I do not know that the citizenship of doctors -- or original citizenship before becoming Americans -- has anything to do with this. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 9, 2013

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