Doctors Fined for Fight
in Operating Room
WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 27 (AP)-
A state medical board has fined a surgeon and an anesthesiologist $10,000
each for brawling in an operating room while their patient slept under general
anesthesia. After their fight, the anesthesiologist, Dr. Kwok Wei Chan, and
the surgeon, Dr.Mohan Korgaonkar, successfully operated on the elderly female
In addition to imposing the fines, the state Board of Registration in Medicine
last week ordered the doctors to undergo joint psychotherapy. It also directed
officials at the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts, who had already put
the doctors on five years' probation, to monitor Drs. Chan and Korgaonkar for
The medical board said that on Oct. 24, 1991, Dr. Korgaonkar was about to
begin surgery when he and Dr. Chan began to argue. Hospital officials would
not provide the nature of their disagreement.
Dr. Chan swore at Dr. Korgaonkar, who threw a cotton-tipped prep stick at
Dr. Chan, the board said. The two then raised their fists and scuffled briefly,
at one point wrestling on the floor. A nurse monitored the anesthetized patient
as the doctors fought.
Afterward, the doctors resumed the operation.