McKeen & Associates, PC
Call Today for a Free Consultation
866-585-1076 | 313-447-0634

Study: 15 percent of surgeons have drinking problems

A successful surgeon needs steady hands and good judgment, two things not commonly associated with doctors who have drug and alcohol problems. That makes the results of a recent medical study particularly unsettling for patients across the nation. According to University of Washington researchers, 15 percent of surgeons abuse alcohol or have dependency issues.

The study scrutinized the survey answers of 7,200 surgeons and uncovered many alcohol or drug problems through a series of questions about the participants' work, mood and lifestyle choices. Surgeons with drinking problems were 45 percent more likely to report making a major medical error in the past three months when compared to colleagues showing no signs of alcohol or drug dependency.

Given the potentially fatal nature of surgery errors, patients are not eager to chance their success and survival upon the abilities of someone with substance-abuse problems. If a surgeon cannot find safe and effective ways to combat the stress and challenges of his job, he needs to find a different line of work - no patient deserves to face unnecessary risks.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent surgeon, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to discuss your rights to recovering damages.

Source: Reuters, "Alcohol problems not uncommon among surgeons: study," Feb. 22, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Consultations | No Fee Unless We Win

Email us or call us at 866-585-1076 to discuss your medical malpractice case. There is no cost, no obligation and never a fee unless we are successful. You have nothing to lose by learning your rights and options today.

Email Us for A Response

Contact the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Detroit Office
Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold Street, Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48226

Toll Free: 866-585-1076
Phone: 313-447-0634
Fax: 313-961-5985
Detroit Office Map

Ohio Office
315 East Main Street
Suite A
Ottawa, OH 45875

Phone: 269-220-3379
Ohio Office Map

Phone Numbers