By Mark E. Giannino / The Associated PressIn January 1999, a small vein in the neck of an elderly man began to bleed.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was told he had a blood clot and was told to be ready to undergo surgery within 24 hours.
His family told ABC News the young doctor had been working at the hospital since March of that year, and had performed a similar procedure in the past.
They were told that he was on his way to the emergency room to undergo a “procedure” in the operating room.
The family didn’t know that this was the first time that he had performed such a procedure.
In the hospital, doctors performed two more operations to remove the clot.
One left a large gash in his neck.
The other removed the clot in a smaller, more delicate vein.
The surgeon who performed the procedure on the younger man, who was 50 at the time, was fired the following month.
A year later, he pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and was sentenced to two years of probation.
The family told NBC affiliate WVEC-TV that their doctor never told them he was working at a hospital.
The woman’s attorney, Mark Gianninos, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital.
In an affidavit, Giannakis said the doctors didn’t tell them anything about the procedures until he contacted the hospital to ask for an explanation.
“The hospital has failed to inform its staff of its obligations under the HIPAA law,” Giannagos said in the affidavit.
“This failure constitutes a willful failure to disclose the information.”ABC News reached out to the hospital and the doctor’s attorney for comment, but did not hear back by press time.
The ABC News investigation found that doctors are required to follow HIPAA guidelines when they perform operations, and that the doctor who performed these procedures was not following these guidelines.
ABC News obtained internal hospital documents obtained by the ABC News Investigative Unit that showed that the hospital had written in an internal report that the older doctor had “been working as a surgical resident at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center since the beginning of the year.”
The ABC news investigation also found that when Giannago’s attorney reached out in June 2017, the hospital told him the doctor had resigned.
The hospital wrote in a note to the attorney that the resignation was “for personal reasons.”ABCNews.com reached out for comment from Johns Hopkins and the hospital for comment but did get no response by press day.
The Johns Hopkins medical center told ABCNews.net that the “doctor resigned to fulfill his personal obligations and his personal beliefs.”
The hospital also told ABCnews.net it was investigating the incident and was reviewing its policies.
The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
It’s not clear what the doctors actions were, if any, that led to this incident.ABCNews was unable to reach the Johns, Johns Hopkins, and hospital for a comment.ABC News has reached out both Johns Hopkins’ Office of Medical Ethics and the Johns’s Office of Professional Responsibility for comment.