Gentilello v. UTSW and Parkland
One Doctor’s Fight for Proper Patient Care
Dr. Larry Gentilello never intended to be one. It was never his goal to be at the center of the Parkland Hospital story, to bring the authority of the federal government in to scrutinize the hospital, its doctors, the fundamentals of patient care or Medicare / Medicaid billing.
But that’s what happened. Dr. Gentilello was the Carrico Distinguished Chair in Surgery for Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. When he saw how things worked at Parkland—the fact that residents or “doctors in training” were allowed to operate on patients without him or other doctors present, which is a violation of federal law—he voiced concerns and was later demoted.
Teaming with Aldous \ Walker for Safety & Justice for Patients
Dr. Gentilello filed suit against Parkland and UT Southwestern, alleging Medicare and Medicaid billing fraud. He also filed a whistleblower claim in an attempt to get his job back. The federal government settled the fraud lawsuits for $1.4 million.
But the Supreme Court of Texas set aside the whistleblower claim.
Our Dallas trial lawyers at Aldous \ Walker were proud to stand with Dr. Gentilello. Not every legal case ends favorably. But Dr. Gentilello’s bravery and commitment to patient care is responsible for real change at Parkland.
And that’s a win he can be very proud of.