Iowa Physician Charged for Wrong-Site Surgery, Other Violations

Tyson Cobb, MD, a hand and orthopedic surgeon at Orthopaedic Specialists in Davenport, Iowa, has been cited by the Iowa Board of Medicine for wrong-site surgery and other violations, according to a Quad-City Times report.

According to the medical board's charges, Dr. Cobb allegedly began to perform surgery on a patient's index finger when he was supposed to perform it on the patient's ring finger. Dr. Cobb reportedly realized the error and closed the incision on the index finger.


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Furthermore, Dr. Cobb had allegedly ignored a manufacturer's instructions over a plate insertion that caused another patient's second fracture.

A disciplinary hearing has been set for Oct. 20. Dr. Dobb has called the allegations "baseless" and has partnered with an attorney to fight the charges, according to the report.

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