Two more Nevada clinics operated by a medical group accused of infecting people with hepatitis C were shut down on Tuesday. A total of six medical clinics have now had their licenses suspended and an investigation in underway. Eyewitness News will have the latest on this story.More>>
More and more valley residents are getting test results back after learning they may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV. One local woman, who already knows she has the hepatitis-C virus, now says she believes the Endoscopy Center is responsible. Reporter Melissa Duran has her story.More>>
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Two years ago George Madden went in for a routine colonoscopy. Now the clinic that performed the procedure has been shut down for unsafe health practices, and he tries not to worry that something may have gone terribly wrong. Reporter Travell Eiland had the story.More>>
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The city has marched in and closed the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada late Friday afternoon. That's where thousands of people may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV because of unsafe practices. Investigative Reporter Mark Sayre has the details. Inside, read the suspension order.More>>
The same three men listed as owners of the Southern Nevada Endoscopy Center which is accused of bad practices are also listed as owners of the Gastroenterology Center of Nevada on Eastern and Flamingo. More>>
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When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
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As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible. Police say two men tried to rob the child of the device on Thursday.More>>
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible.More>>
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Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball. The jackpot has grown to $600 million. People tell 8 News Now they waitedMore>>
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:02:54 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
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Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
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Friday, May 17 2013 8:17 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:17:28 GMT
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One person is reported dead following an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:03:09 GMT
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The theft of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices is becoming commonplace, earning it the nickname, "Apple-picking," the police said.More>>
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Eyewitness News has learned that the State Board of Examiners is now looking into the case, trying to see if the doctors will lose their licenses.
As the scandal grows and a panic sets in, attention turns to the doctors at the heart of the problem.
One of the doctors, Vishvinder Sharma is currently on the State Board of Health. But according to board records, he did not attend the last meeting in December and has a track record of doing little and saying even less over the past year.
His partner, and majority owner of the clinics, Dipak Desai, has a track record of problems. In 1996, he was fined $2,500 for false advertising. He claimed members of his staff had experienced medical backgrounds in gastroenterology.
The state board said the workers did not.
Desai was also a member of the governor's transition team for health care, likely due to his previous position on the Board of the Medical Examiners, the very group investigating him right now.
While he was on the board, law journal filings say he was embroiled in a bitter malpractice suit. According to the Nevada Law Journal, Desai misdiagnosed a patient with Crohn's disease.
Because of his expert testimony, another doctor performed what was called an "unnecessary and overly aggressive procedure on the colon and intestines." That doctor faced the malpractice suit, not Desai.
The State Examiners Board says they could spend months piecing together what happened and who is to blame. Until then, past transgressions and present allegations have come together, with 40,000 Nevadans possibly just the tip of the iceberg.
The chief investigator for the medical examiners says if the doctors face formal charges, they will be tried separately. Right now, the case is only in the early stages, but they will prioritize the investigation and move it to the top of the list.