Samaritan Head Trauma Doctor Suspended

goodsamThe Oregon Medical Board has opened an investigation of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center physician Dr. Robert Allen Read, after receiving “credible information” about his actions. Read agreed to a Stipulated Interim Order, requiring him to withdraw from practicing medicine while the investigation is underway.

Read was formerly the head of trauma and acute care services at the Corvallis branch of Good Samaritan. Visible online through the Oregon Medical Board is a history of open stipulated orders, as well as a malpractice claim against Read.

Read entered into a Stipulated Order in 2012 for “unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, and gross repeated negligence in the practice of medicine,” before being issued a Modifying Stipulated Order in 2014 which placed “certain conditions” on the doctor’s now inactive license.

In 2008, Read was involved in a malpractice claim involving a 28-week-pregnant patient who underwent a laparoscopic appendectomy at his hands. Allegedly, the doctor’s trocar entered the woman’s uterus, and the baby was born severely premature and disabled.

Julie Manning, a vice president at Samaritan, said only that Read was no longer employed with GSRMC, and that they cooperated with the Medical Board’s investigation.

Kathleen Haley, Director of the Board, confirmed that Read’s license “is on inactive status pending completion of the Board’s investigation,” and said that they would make a more detailed statement when the investigation is complete.

“Our primary concern is patient safety,” said Haley.

By John M. Burt