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Ex-Tenet Doctor Faces Hearing on Alleged Fraud, Misconduct

June 06, 2003|Ronald D. White

The California Medical Board has accused a doctor, suspected of performing unnecessary surgeries, of insurance fraud, gross negligence, dishonest or corrupt acts and incompetence, a board official said Thursday.

Dr. Chae Hyun Moon, former head of the cardiology department at Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Redding Medical Center in Redding, Calif., faces a hearing before an administrative law judge, the medical board said.

Moon's office and that of heart surgeon Dr. Fidel Realyvasquez, who also practiced at the Redding Medical Center, were raided by federal agents in October in an investigation into whether the two were involved in unwarranted heart surgeries. No charges have been filed.

Moon said in January that he was suspending his practice because he was losing his medical malpractice insurance.

Attempts to reach Moon and his attorneys were unsuccessful.

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