Boston Medical Spinal Surgeon Reprimanded For Sleeping Through Procedure

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – An orthopedic spine surgeon at Boston Medical Center is being reprimanded for missing critical portions of a surgery nearly five years ago.

The Massachusetts Board of Medicine is reprimanding Dr. Tony Tannoury after he recently admitted in a consent order that he was not present for an emergency ankle surgery back in November 2016.

The Boston Globe reports that Tannoury left at the start of the procedure to eat in his car, but fell asleep and missed the rest of the surgery.

The board stated Tannoury left the patient “under the care of the chief resident when he was the orthopedic attending covering for emergencies.” Tannoury, who did not return to the hospital until the day after, has also been fined $5,000 for the incident.

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Tannoury was first licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts on December 21, 2005. He currently practices in Boston and is also licensed to practice medicine in Maine.

According to his LinkedIn, Tannoury has been the Chief of Spine Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine since 2006.

His profile on the school’s website says Tannoury specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and that he is "constantly working to create simpler more effective means to treat patients.”

Tannoury is also the Founder and President of the Spinal Progress and Innovation for the Near East, a founding member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and serves as an Editor and Reviewer for The Spine Journal.

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