Dr Anantha Ramanathan – Unsatisfactory professional conduct

11 Jan 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted complaints against vascular surgeon Dr Anantha Ramanathan before a Medical Professional Standards Committee (‘the Committee’) in relation to his management of and surgery on six patients at Wyong and Gosford Hospitals between 2012 – 2013 and 2015-2016.

On 20 December 2017, the Professional Standards Committee found Dr Ramanathan guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in relation to some aspects of the treatment provided. It found that his conduct in operating on Patient D on 4 September 2012 demonstrated poor clinical decision making in that he failed to seek additional surgical assistance which, in turn, contributed to the excessive operating time on that occasion. The Committee found that Dr Ramanathan exercised poor surgical technique in failing to achieve percutaneous closure of the right femoral artery in his first four attempts on Patient E, and that he exercised poor clinical decision-making in persisting with the use of those devices.

Decision

As Dr Ramanathan is not currently registered or practicing as a medical practitioner in Australia, the Committee stated it would have cautioned him if he was registered and if he returns to Australia to practice he must:

• Submit to an Australian Vascular Audit of his practice for five years; and

• Complete a Clinical Decision Making Course. 

Further Information

A copy of the Professional Standards Committee’s decision can be found here

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.