Friday, May 7, 2010

Lingering Questions Revolving around the Murder of a Doctor in Connecticut

Dr. Lishan Wang is charged with homicide of another doctor, Vajinder Toor. Lishan Wang is now facing charges of homicide in Superior Court New Haven, CT in the U.S.A. Dr. Lishan Wang filed a law suit alleging that he was retaliated against for being a whistleblower and then lost his job. He feared that he would not regain employment and then would no longer be able to support his family. Like many doctors in the USA he faced an unresponsive peer review system that was not transparent nor equitable. It is a terrible tragedy that it appears that he has chosen to take the life of another. In the hours after police say he shot and killed Dr. Toor, Lishan Wang is said to have expressed regret for what he'd done as he spoke with the Branford police.


See these news reports:

http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1243083&lang=eng_news&cate_img=316.jpg&cate_rss=news_Health

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/nyregion/27haven.html




http://hosted2.ap.org/txdam/f1a8086a13814cd2a20ca4ab28b1288e/Article_2010-04-27-US-Yale-Doctor-Killed/id-4b6761986ae549af92b143c7131bc121


I do not want to diminish the gravity of the offense of which Dr. Lishan Wang is charged and to which he apparently confessed to police. If he is guilty he should certainly bear the weight of the justice system for his crime. Homicide is never justified and this was a terrible loss for the Toor family. Toor leaves behind his wife, who was 14 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child and a toddler son. We extend great sympathy and condolences for this grieving family.


I believe we learn to prevent further tragedies by recognizing the truth behind these events. This is one reason why Medical Whistleblower provided information to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva information about the lack of protections for those who are defenders of human rights. In this UPR report Medical Whistleblower outlined the many ways in which justice is not served in the medical quality review and peer review system and why medical professionals in particular are threatened frequently with bad faith peer review. Bad Faith Peer Review is the lack of due process, transparency and justice in the administrative system controlling doctor's licensing. It is important the public recognize the inherent problems in the system that lead up to this tragic death so that the Toor family and others can understand what may have driven this man to such a desperate act.


TIMELINE OF EVENTS



July 2006 - May 2008: Wang is a resident at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

Nov. 2006: Toor joins the staff at Kingsbrook.

May 25, 2008: Heated argument between Wang and Toor where Toor accuses him of using "hostile body language."

July 6, 2008: Wang files EEOC complaint against hospital.

July 25, 2008: Wang terminated by Kingsbrook.

Nov. 2008: Wang resigns from a job at AE & LY Medical Associates of Flushing, N.Y., and moves back to Texas.

Feb 2009 – Feb 2010 Dr. Wang does postdoctoral work at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta

May 8, 2009: EEOC gives Wang permission to sue hospital.

July 28, 2009: Wang files federal discrimination lawsuit against Hospital. In the federal discrimination lawsuit filed by Wang in 2009, Toor is referenced at least four times, and is accused of racial discrimination. In one incident documented in the suit, Wang said Toor humiliated him in front of other medical residents during a morning conference.

August 2009: Toor moves his family to Meadows condominium complex in Branford in preparation for a fellowship at Yale School of Medicine.

March 10, 2010: Federal judge orders Wang to comply with subpoena from hospital attorney's seeking his IRS returns, medication history and employment records.

April 13, 2010: Federal judge postpones conference call on status of federal discrimination case until May 6, 2010.



April 26, 2010 Police said Dr. Vajinder Pal Toor, 34, was walking to his car outside his Branford condo on Blueberry Lane just after 8 a.m. Monday when he was shot at least three times. Police said Toor's pregnant wife heard the commotion and confronted the gunman, later identified as 44-year-old Lishan Wang, of Georgia. Police said Wang turned and fired at her, but missed. Toor was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Wang then fled in a red minivan. The names of two additional people directly involved with Wang's termination from the residency program were also located inside the van, according to court documents. These additional people were apparently unhurt. Using a description of the vehicle provided by witnesses, police were able to locate the Wang and take him into police custody. Police said two large-caliber handguns were found in a tote bag in the minivan's back seat. Branford police released a report from an officer who interviewed Wang. In the report, Wang told officers that he was sorry for what happened.

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