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Eben Alexander III, MD

LICENSE # 0101239440
 
Issue Date: 2/8/2006
Expiration Date: 12/31/2018
Status: Current Active


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Disclaimer: Malpractice Information

When considering malpractice paid claims data, please keep in mind:


Some studies have shown little correlation between the existence of a malpractice paid claims history and the practitioner's competence to provide care.

Malpractice paid claims histories tend to vary by specialty. Some specialties are more likely than others to be the subject of litigation.

Some doctors work primarily with high-risk patients. These doctors may have malpractice paid claims histories that are higher than average because they specialize in cases or patients who are at very high risk for problems.

Settlement of a claim may occur for a variety of reasons, which do not necessarily reflect negatively on the professional competence or conduct of the practitioner. A payment in settlement of a medical malpractice action or claim should not be construed as creating a presumption that medical malpractice has occurred.

The incident causing the malpractice paid claim may have happened years before a payment is finally made. Sometimes, it takes a long time for a malpractice lawsuit to move through the legal system.

Presentation of Required Data:

As of July 1, 2007, practitioners are required to report all paid claims over $10,000 in the last 10 years. For doctors practicing less than 10 years, the data covers their total years of practice.

To provide perspective regarding the reported data, the Board displays information about the paid claims experience of the practitioner's specialty along with the practitioner's history of paid claims. In reporting the data in this manner, each practitioner is seen relative to other practitioners in the specialty, rather than to all practitioners in all specialties.

Paid claims are not expressed in dollar amounts. Each paid claim has been analyzed and assigned to one of three statistical categories: below average, average, or above average. This analysis was made relative to the other claims in the specialty in which the claim occurred.

The information provided, in the manner provided, should offer perspective about this aspect of medical practice. You could miss an opportunity for high quality care by excluding a doctor based solely on the presence of a malpractice history. You may wish to discuss information provided in this report, and malpractice generally, with your doctor.



Primary Practice Address
Last Updated 11/29/2016
None Reported
Additional Practice Address
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Central Virginia Neurosurgery
2138 Langhorne Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Phone: 434-200-3920

Location Details


Years in Active Clinical Practice
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Years in Active Clinical Practice Inside US/Canada: 25
Medicaid
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Does Not Participate in the Virginia Medicaid program
Is not accepting new Virginia Medicaid patients
Virginia Hospital Affiliations
Last Updated 11/29/2016
None Reported
Hospital Affiliations in States Other Than Virginia
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Medical, Osteopathic, or Podiatric School
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Grad School: Duke University School Of Medicine - Durham NC
Year Completed: 1980
Medical, Osteopathic, or Podiatric Post Grad School
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC USA
Year Internship Completed: 1981


Neurosurgery
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC USA
Year Residency Completed: 1987


Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
Newcastle General Hospital
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear UK
Year Fellowship Completed: 1988


Continuing Education
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Continuing Hours: 65
Since: 2014
Board Certification
Recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists
and Boards of Certification, the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, or Council on Podiatric Medical Education.
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Neurological Surgery
Year of Initial Certifications: 1991
Current Certification Expires: 2019

Self-Designated Practice Areas
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Surgery: Neurological Surgery
Insurance Plans/Managed Care Plans Accepted
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Cigna
Anthem
Tricare
Palmetto GBA
Medicaid
Coventry
VAPremier

Phone number for further information: 434-200-3920
Honors and Awards - Optional
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Practitioners had the option of completing this section. This practitioner has not provided any information regarding honors and awards.
Academic Appointments
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Harvard Medical School - Boston MA
Rank: Associate Professor
Years: 1988-2002

University Of Massachusetts Medical School - Worcester MA
Rank: Associate Professor
Years: 2002-2003

University Of Virginia School Of Medicine - Charlottesville VA
Rank: Assistant Professor
Years: 2008-2010

Academic Appointments - Non-US
Last Updated 11/29/2016
None Reported
Publications
(up to ten in the last five years)
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Arteriovenous malformations: indications for stereotactic radiosurgery
Clinical Neurosurgery
36 (47) 242-248
Date: 01 2001

Optimizing brain tumor resection: Midfield interventional MR imaging. In: MR-Guided Therapy in Neurosurgery
Neuroimaging Clin N Am
11 (4): 659-672
Date: 01 2001

Perioperative Use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Techniques in Neurosurgery
7(1): 33-51
Date: 01 2001

Spinal neurenteric cysts and their relation to more common aspects of occult spinal dysraphism
Neurosurg Focus
10 (1): Article 2
Date: 01 2001

Radiosurgery in the Management of Pediatric Brain Tumors
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys
50: 929-935
Date: 06 2001

Linac Radiosurgery for Skull Base Meningiomas
Acta Neurochirurgica
143(11);1141-52
Date: 11 2001

Felony Conviction Information
Last Updated 11/29/2016
None Reported
Actions Taken by States/Organizations Other than the Virginia Board of Medicine
Last Updated 11/29/2016
Practitioner has had a disciplinary action taken by a professional licensing board in a state other than Virginia, or by a federal health institution, federal agency, or the voluntary surrender of a license in a state other than Virginia while under investigation
Date: 2010
Entity Taking Action: Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
Action Taken: Reprimand (acknowledging Virginia Board action of 3/09)
Date: 2010
Entity Taking Action: North Carolina Medical Board
Action Taken: Reprimand (acknowledging Virginia Board action of 3/09)


Practitioner has had an action taken by healthcare institutions, other practitioners, insurance companies, health maintenance organizations or professional organizations that resulted in a suspension or revocation of privileges or the termination of employment
Date: 2003
Entity Taking Action: UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, MA
Action Taken: Temporary suspension privileges, favorably resolved
Virginia Board of Medicine Notices and Orders
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Paid Claims in the last ten years
Last Updated 11/29/2016
The licensee has reported the following paid claims in the past ten years:

Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Year: 2009
Settlement
Amount of this claim is: Average
Practitioner Comments:
1.) Although cervical discectomy/fusion performed adjacent to intended level, patient had dramatic reduction in symptoms. Surgeon did not initially realize that surgery had been performed at unintended level, due to the patientís favorable course, but x-ray two weeks post-op showed fusion one level above intended level. Informed patient after follow up revealed durable benefit. Settled in media

578 Practitioners with same specialty
10.90% Practitioners with claims in this specialty

Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Year: 2009
Settlement
Amount of this claim is: Average
Practitioner Comments:
2.) Although cervical discectomy/fusion performed adjacent to intended level (before knowing about other case #1), patient had dramatic reduction in symptoms. Surgeon did not recognize that surgery performed one level above intended level due to favorable course. Patientís symptoms recurred, requiring repeat surgery months after surgeon left practice. Settled in mediation at insurerís recommendati

578 Practitioners with same specialty
10.90% Practitioners with claims in this specialty

Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Location: Worcester, MA
Year: 2009
Settlement
Amount of this claim is: Average
Practitioner Comments:
Patient developed infection in a deep brain stimulator. Infected unit was removed expeditiously, but a small plastic piece remained in her neck. This provided a nidus for ongoing infection, necessitating a second procedure for its removal. Patient hospitalized for 2 days, discharged with no ill effects. Insurer recommended settling out of court to avoid costs of litigation.

578 Practitioners with same specialty
10.90% Practitioners with claims in this specialty

Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Location: Worcester,MA
Year: 2011
Settlement
Amount of this claim is: Average
Practitioner Comments:
Patient had slow recovery after worse deficit following redo brainstem decompression, claimed she was not advised of the degree of risk. Insurer recommended settlement to avoid potential cost of litigation.

578 Practitioners with same specialty
10.90% Practitioners with claims in this specialty

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Date Printed: 10/21/2018

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