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Disgraced Duke researcher out of a job

Posted February 22, 2012

— A former Duke University cancer researcher accused of manipulating data has lost another job. 

Anil Potti came under scrutiny in 2010 after questions arose that he had falsely claimed to be a Rhodes Scholar and then about the scientific integrity of his research. He resigned several months later.

Two published papers based on his research were retracted after a collaborator said the results of Potti's work couldn't be reproduced.

Potti was working at the Coastal Cancer Center near Myrtle Beach, S.C., when "60 Minutes" aired a story about him recently.

"A recent 60 Minutes story concerning an investigation of Duke University's cancer research programs and Dr. Potti's work there prompted many concerned people to contact Coastal Cancer Center with comments and questions," Coastal Cancer Center president Dr. Lawrence B. Holt, Jr. said in a statement. "It has become obvious that this issue is going to take precious focus away from patient care."

The Coastal Cancer Center severed ties with Potti effective on Tuesday. 

Holt added that while at the center, Potti was "an exemplary physician whose caring ways have made him extremely popular with patients. We will miss him."

The medical board, which has found Potti guilty of "unprofessional conduct," said last month that he has settled 11 malpractice claims for at least $75,000 each. The board is reviewing the care that led to each settlement.

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  • WooHoo2You Feb 23, 2012

    He shouldn’t worry, I bet the Obama administration would be happy to hire him.-mark234

    There is an article on puppies you have not brought up Obama in yet....

  • Poleaux Feb 23, 2012

    He shouldn’t worry, I bet the Obama administration would be happy to hire him.

  • Raleigh Boys Feb 23, 2012

    Duke Medicine. World class care.

  • missdawg Feb 23, 2012

    "Why is this guy being allowed to practice?" -- 1nclady

    Because he needs to get BETTER!
    davidk_at_unc

    The only thing this guy needs to be practicing is how to make slurpees at the local 7 Eleven. I would not want him near myself or anyone I care about in any medical setting.

  • jhart Feb 23, 2012

    Did he lie on his resume? Yes. Were his methods questionable? I don't know - I am not a former patient. But my brother is a former patient and he is alive today because of Dr Potti. He had stage 4 Hodgkins before he was diagnosed. His only chance at survival was Dr Potti's research study. My family never felt that he was ever anything but truthful with them. Beware what you see in the news as there is usually a spin put on it. When I was in college we learned this was called Yellow Journalism.

  • SmokeWagon Feb 23, 2012

    ..."What is scary is that he fooled a top researcher at Duke...."

    Not really...Duke has shown a pattern of getting fooled....remember Mangum, Nyfong and the "all the pile on" professors..??? BOOM....FOOLED AGAIN.....!!!!

  • debbiw55 Feb 23, 2012

    What is scary is that he fooled a top researcher at Duke. Wonder how many other researchers are out there that have published in NEJM and are treating, I mean killing cancer (or non cancer) patients...who have not had a whistle blower double check their data....

  • durham citizen Feb 23, 2012

    The Rhoades Scholarship with this guy was not the big issue. It was the fact that he falsified data from his research, and then lied to patients about what their outcome would be from being in his treatment programs. He gave people hope for a cure when it was their last chance, and they died. How is he not under criminal charges. What does it take to get a MD's liscense pulled?

  • davidk_at_unc Feb 23, 2012

    "Why is this guy being allowed to practice?" -- 1nclady

    Because he needs to get BETTER!

  • mike275132 Feb 23, 2012

    Shows how well "Top Tier" Universities check the credentials of their employees. Another fine job , Duke- A MD [did you even check and verify this?] who manipulated cancer patient care caused unnecessary deaths, for those who read the original story 2 yrs ago.

    "Coastal Cancer Center president Dr. Lawrence B. Holt, Jr. "
    Holt added that while at the center, Potti was "an exemplary physician whose caring ways have made him extremely popular with patients. We will miss him."
    definitely should not be caring for patients since THEY KNEW he was a fraudster.

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