A doctor who obtained his medical degree in Pakistan, before completing his residency in the USA, is under federal investigation after performing several unwanted and unnecessary surgical procedures on various patients.
One such patient had attempted to conceive for years–with no success.
After a while, she began to get frustrated and decided to see a fertility clinic.
The clinic told her that her Fallopian tubes had been ‘burned down to nubs’–making it impossible to conceive naturally.
Dr Javaid Perwaiz, 69, of Chesapeake, was arrested Friday on one count each of health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
Perwaiz was still wearing his green scrubs when he appeared before U.S. District Court in Norfolk.
A federal magistrate in Virginia ordered Perwaiz to be held without bond until at least next Thursday (November 14th), when a detention hearing was due to be scheduled.
The magistrate noted prosecutors were concerned he might flee while out on bail.
Perwaiz has had his medical license in the US since the 1980s.
PJ Media reports:
Dr. Perwaiz’s website is the soul of helpfulness, noting that he has “practiced in the Chesapeake region for over 30 years, providing expert and individualized care to his patients.”
Personally following each and every patient throughout their pregnancy, he is available 24/7 to meet all of your requests and expectations. His experienced office staff will individualize your care and coordinate your insurance coverage. They provide friendly and knowlegable service for all your healthcare needs. Same day appointments are often available.
Perwaiz has been under the FBI’s microscope for a little over a year, after getting tipped off by a hospital employee who believed he was performing unnecessary procedures.
According to The Virginian-Pilot:
The employee told investigators Perwaiz’s patients advised hospital staff they were there for their “annual clean outs,” according to an affidavit signed by FBI Special Agent Desiree Maxwell.
In many instances, the patients were not aware of the procedures they were undergoing. He was performing so many procedures, hospital staff also had a difficult time keeping up, the affidavit said.
The affidavit referenced a variety of medical procedures, including, hysterectomies, cystectomies, myomectomies, tubal ligation and dilation & curettage.
The affidavit identifies four patients, all of whom remain anonymous.
The Virginian-Pilot continues:
Another patient sought treatment from Perwaiz in 2012 following an abnormal pap smear. Previously diagnosed with a highly-aggressive breast cancer for which she underwent a mastectomy, the patient was led to believe pre-cancerous cells were detected. She thought the onset of cancer was imminent.
Perwaiz advised the patient to undergo a hysterectomy, but she objected. The patient believed they agreed instead to move forward with an outpatient laparoscopic surgery in which only her ovaries would be removed.
When she awoke, the patient was “shocked” to discover Perwaiz performed a total abdominal hysterectomy and that he had perforated her bladder in the process, the affidavit said.
The patient developed sepsis and was hospitalized for six days. Medical records showed the hysterectomy was documented as an “elective surgery” and that there was no mention in her file of any “precancerous cells,” the affidavit said.
Witnesses said that Perwaiz would often scare the patients with cancer fears in order to perform certain unnecessary surgeries.
One suit alleged he performed up to 30 surgeries in one day, according to the affidavit.