Former Duke Cancer Researcher Settles Eleven Medical Malpractice Suits

Posted on Feb 20, 2012

After coming under fire for lying on his resume and faking cancer research, disgraced doctor and researcher Anil Potti has settled a number of North Carolina medical malpractice lawsuits.

According to the North Carolina Medical Board, Potti settled eleven medical malpractice lawsuits out of court this month – each for at least $75,000. At least eight of these med mal lawsuit involved lung cancer patients or their estates, while at least one medical malpractice suit involved a breast cancer patient. 

Potti was forced to retract four papers on cancer research he conducted while a researcher at Duke University after he admitted that he couldn’t replicate his results and that he had fudged data. He resigned from his post last year amid accusations that he lied on his resume and in numerous grant applications by claiming to be a Rhodes Scholar. 

While the details of the NC medical malpractice lawsuits are not known, many believe those filing lawsuits were likely involved in home of Potti’s clinical trials. His research centered on the idea that analyzing a patient’s DNA would make choosing the correct cancer treatment clearer. 

It is not clear if Potti will be reprimanded for his alleged conduct by the North Carolina Medical Board. 

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