Doctor Whistleblower Alleges DC Charity Breached Standard of Care for Patients

By Peter DePaolis

A Washington, D.C. doctor filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit last month in DC Superior Court against Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. The suit alleges that in his three years of employment, the charity’s medical services failed to meet the required standard of care and constituted severe failures in patient care. His claims allege that Catholic Charities failed to do the following:

  • Failed to process and label pap smears
  • Failed to follow-up on critical lab results in a timely manner
  • Failed to process prescription drug refills in a timely manner
  • Failed to effectively monitor a seriously ill patient’s lab tests that may have contributed to the patient’s death
  • Failed to triage walk-in patients in a timely manner

In addition, the complaint states that the charity received state and local government funds to provide free flu shots, but Catholic Charities charged patients for the shots and pocketed the money for itself.

The doctor notified charity officials about his concerns and says the result was a campaign of harassment and intimidation. Several months later, Catholic Charities fired the doctor claiming his complaints were “too disruptive.”

Careless and negligent behavior by medical professionals destroys patient trust and can cause further injury. Contact an experienced Washington, D.C. medical malpractice attorney if you believe you have suffered from medical malpractice. David Schloss is a Washington, D.C. medical malpractice lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis who can assist you in pursuing your claim.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.