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Florida Orthopedic Surgeon Suspended for Third Surgical Error

A Florida orthopedic surgeon has received a one-year suspension and a $20,000 fine from the Florida Board of Medicine for her third surgical error in the past five years.

Dr. Mary Ellen Beatty was operating on a patient in September of 2004 when she made the incision and began the procedure on the wrong finger. 

Once Beatty realized her error, she quickly closed the incision and proceeded to the correct finger. 

Medical records show that this is the third wrong location surgical mistake that Beatty has made. Prior to this operation, the doctor operated on another man’s ring finger instead of thumb, as well as the wrong finger of an additional patient.  

Previous lesser punishments, according to the board have not achieved the desired effect thus prompting the one-year suspension and large fine. 

Dr. Beatty is a founding member of the Florida Orthopaedic Institute.  The organization has released the following statement, “As a result of this incident, we made additional improvements to ensure that our policy went above and beyond community standards in the provision of patient safety.” 

Though Beatty has received a one-year suspension, without further complications the doctor will likely only serve one month. 

She has also been placed on probation for two years. 

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