State reprimands cardiologist for performing surgery while sick

Rhode Island health officials have reprimanded a cardiologist who performed surgery after he tested positive for COVID-19, NBC affiliate WJAR reported Nov. 9.

Malcom Kirk, MD, admitted to the Rhode Island Board of Medicine Licensure and Discipline that he performed the surgery at Providence-based Rhode Island Hospital on Jan. 12 after testing positive the night before. He agreed to pay a $1,100 administrative fee.

Providence-based Lifespan, the health system to which the hospital belongs, said in a statement to WJAR, "Dr. Malcolm Kirk is not employed by Lifespan and has only admitting privileges at Rhode Island Hospital. We conducted our own investigation earlier this year regarding the complaint, and consider the matter resolved."


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