Employees at Jacobs Medical Center at the University of California San Diego this week received a memo saying that if they see or detect anyone who is impaired, they should report the incident immediately to officials there, such as Thomas Moore, dean of clinical affairs; Richard Clark, medical director of the division of toxicology; Margarita Baggett, chief clinical director, and others.
The memo is believed to result from an incident September 21 when a surgeon fell down twice during a transplant operation, and was not replaced. The patient allegedly died. The following day, the surgeon was allegedly put on ten-day administrative leave. At the end of the leave, there will allegedly be an investigation.
Scott LaFee, director of media relations at UC San Diego Health Marketing and Communications, initially would only say, "We cannot comment on any current or ongoing reviews involving personnel matters." Two more times, I shot specific questions to him about the alleged incident. The final time, I also sent the memo to three of his colleagues.
At day's end yesterday (September 27), LaFee said, "We are aware of this issue."
I was told the name of the doctor allegedly involved and tried unsuccessfully to reach him.