A surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center, one of New York City’s most renowned hospitals, has been relieved of his clinical and administrative duties after removing the wrong kidney from a patient, hospital officials said Thursday.
The patient, a 76-year-old male, was on dialysis with two failed and diseased kidneys when the wrong one was removed. Doctors subsequently removed the second failed kidney, and the patient is doing well, living on dialysis.
“This event should never have occurred at Mount Sinai,” a spokeswoman said. “We apologized to the patient, and we will do all we can to ensure that something like this never happens again.”