Battle Creek Surgeon Indicted for Performing Unnecessary Surgeries for Profit
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dr. Daniel Castro was employed at Bronson Hospital in Battle Greek as an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Castro came under suspicion of misdiagnosing patients or creating false medical records in order to perform and/or bill health insurers for medically unnecessary procedures. Following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dr. Castro was indicted by a Grand Rapids jury on February 1, 2022.
The FBI’s Case Against Dr. Castro
The indictment alleges that Dr. Castro performed functional endoscopic sinus surgeries on patients whose symptoms, history, and computed tomography scans (CT scans) did not support the medical necessity of such procedures. Additionally, the indictment alleges that Dr. Castro routinely billed for removing diseased tissue from inside his patient’s sinuses when diseased tissue did not truly exist and billed for performing surgery on sinus cavities that did not exist, to increase his compensation.
The grand jury alleges that Dr. Castro routinely billed for performing complex neck dissection surgeries designed to treat confirmed cancer of the head and neck when his patients did not have cancer and he actually performed much simpler surgical neck procedures not associated with cancer treatment. Finally, the indictment alleges that Dr. Castro created false entries in his office consultation notes and operative reports in order to justify the medical necessity of his sinus surgeries or to make it appear as if he had actually performed the higher paying neck dissections or sinus procedures that he did not actually perform. Castro is charged with 34 counts of health care fraud and 8 counts of making false statements relating to health care matters.
This is not Dr. Castro’s first medical fraud case. In 2012, a whistleblower alerted the government that Dr. Castro was billing government insurance programs for sinus procedures that were either not performed at all, or were performed but medically unnecessary.
Despite this fraud case, in 2012, Dr. Castro was hired by the Medical Center of Bronson Battle Creek and of Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan, who apparently failed to properly supervise him. It is suspected that over this period of time, Dr. Castro may have subjected a countless number of his Michigan patients to unnecessary medical procedures.
Were You a Patient of Dr. Daniel Castro? Contact Our Firm Today
While Dr. Castro faces criminal action, his patients may have civil claims against him and the hospital.
Our firm is currently accepting clients who have undergone medical procedures by Dr. Castro. Because of important deadlines related to malpractice claims, if you or a family member underwent a medical procedure with Dr. Castro, we urge you to contact us today so that we can help you investigate your case to see if you may qualify to pursue justice and compensation.