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Urologist loses malpractice case for removing Imperial woman's healthy kidney

Urologist loses malpractice case for removing Imperial woman's healthy kidney

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A jury awarded $240,000 to a woman from Imperial in a medical negligence case that alleged Dr. J. Perry Lovinggood unnecessarily removed the woman’s kidney in a surgery in 2012.

Lovinggood told Kathleen Bishop, then 58, that a suspicious image of her kidney indicated cancer but didn’t order more specific testing. The removed kidney was not cancerous, according to Bishop’s attorney Genevieve Nichols.

“He didn’t tell the patient that there were other options,” Nichols said. Bishop’s remaining kidney is healthy.

The award was filed Friday after a two-day trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court against defendants Lovinggood and his practice, Metropolitan Urological Specialists based in Chesterfield. Lovinggood and his attorney, James Neville of Belleville, could not be reached Friday.

Lovinggood has been involved in at least two other medical malpractice cases since 2007. In a wrong-site surgery at DePaul Health Center in 2007, the urologist removed a healthy kidney instead of a diseased kidney from a 55-year-old patient. The case was featured in a 2010 Post-Dispatch investigation into medical errors and doctor discipline.

In that case, handwritten surgical notes showed that Lovinggood did not examine the X-rays to double check which kidney had a cancerous mass, and the doctor could not see the X-rays during the procedure on a small computer screen 10 feet away. A claim against Lovinggood and his practice was settled confidentially for about $1.7 million.

Another malpractice case filed in 2008 alleged that Lovinggood removed the left testicle of a 25-year-old man after it became twisted and lost blood supply. Months later, the patient lost his right testicle to the same medical condition. He sued Lovinggood’s practice, alleging that the doctor failed to follow the standard of care by neglecting to suture the remaining testicle as protection against twisting. That lawsuit was settled.

The malpractice cases are automatically reported to the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, which licenses and disciplines doctors. Lovinggood has never been disciplined by the board.

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