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"Scandal at Harbor-UCLA: Orthopedic Surgeon Fired Amidst Allegations of Misconduct and Unethical Behavior"


Dr. Louis Kwong, the former head of the orthopedics department at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has been fired following a two-year investigation into his lewd behavior. He is pictured with a gun on his hip inside his surgery office
Dr. Louis Kwong, the former head of the orthopedics department at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has been fired following a two-year investigation into his lewd behavior. He is pictured with a gun on his hip inside his surgery office

Dr. Louis Kwong, the former head of orthopedics at the prestigious Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, was terminated following a series of disturbing allegations that painted a troubling picture of his conduct. Reports indicate a pattern of inappropriate behavior, including sticking his finger in a hip wound of an unconscious patient, making lewd sex noises, and ogling patients under surgical covers. These actions, along with accusations of creating a hostile work environment, culminated in his dismissal after a two-year investigation uncovered undisclosed financial ties to a medical device company.

In addition to the allegations of unprofessional behavior, Dr. Kwong faced scrutiny for his undisclosed business dealings, including receiving over $700,000 from a joint replacement company and engaging in consulting work without proper disclosure. The investigation also revealed conflicts of interest and concerns about his alleged preference for 'auto-erotic asphyxiation' and inappropriate conduct towards female staff members.


 

The scandal extended beyond Dr. Kwong's actions, with reports of a toxic culture within the orthopedics department, characterized by racism and sexism. Residents alleged incidents of discriminatory language and behavior, further complicating the hospital's reputation and leading to probationary status. Despite denials from Dr. Kwong and his attorney, the Department of Health Services stressed a 'zero tolerance' policy towards misconduct and emphasized the importance of thorough investigations and transparency.

As the community grapples with the fallout from this scandal, questions about workplace culture, ethics, and accountability linger. The appeal process initiated by Dr. Kwong and the hospital's response to the allegations will determine the next steps in addressing the deep-seated issues that have come to light at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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