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Miami VA chief of staff surrendered NY medical license


One year before he was appointed senior executive physician for the Miami VA Healthcare System in 2010, Vincent A. DeGennaro surrendered his medical license in New York, stemming from a disciplinary finding in a Florida case of a patient who died under his care at a Fort Lauderdale hospital.

According to the complaint filed with the Florida Board of Medicine, DeGennaro botched a number of his responsibilities while treating a patient for severe abdominal pain at Holy Cross Hospital in January 2003 — including failing to follow up and misinterpreting X-rays of the patient, failing to respond to the patient’s symptoms and complaints, failing to act on the urgent need for surgery and failing to recognize that the patient had a torn large intestine.

DeGennaro, who remains licensed to practice medicine in Florida, could not be reached at his home in Pompano Beach, where a recorded greeting says messages will not be returned. He also could not be reached through the Miami VA’s public affairs office, which issued a statement in response to interview requests.

“The Professional Standards Board (PSB) here at the Miami VA Healthcare System … found that this action had no bearing on his practice at the Miami VAHS,” Shane Suzuki, public affairs officer for the Miami VA, wrote in the statement. “In addition, the PSB also found that no further action was warranted.’’

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Oh my gawd! What's next in this saga? I have been using the Miami VA since 1969 and aside from some long waiting times for procedures while an in-patient (like MRI's) the quality has been pretty good. In fact if I exercised my choice of the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the Miami VA or a private hospital I would choose the SCIC because of their experienced care of folks with SCI's. My major gripe with the Miami VA is a problem understanding some employees who don't speak English well but that just represents the population of the South Florida area.

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