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Secrecy protects surgeon’s trail of pain

The story of Dr. Alan Sossan is littered with tales of human suffering. It would be easy to stop there. But what the dogged investigative work of Jonathan Ellis revealed with a state licensing system that was at best asleep at the wheel and at worst liable in the clearly negligent work of this surgeon. This first story sent shock waves through the medical community and subsequent stories have revealed fractures in the peer review system that’s meant to protect patients from just such dangers. The process is completely secret and the Sossan investigation exposed the shortcomings of that system.