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Dr. Chao’s choice to quit the Chargers may have been influenced by loss of hospital privileges

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Controversial Chargers physician David Chao recently resigned his post with the team due to health concerns, along with a desire to spend more time with his family.

The decision apparently was influenced by a fairly important external development.  According to Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today, a pair of San Diego hospitals had barred Chao from performing surgeries.

“I have been informed that Dr. Chao has lost his surgical privileges with the only two hospitals he had surgical privileges with: Scripps Mercy [Hospital] and Scripps [Memorial Hospital],” an attorney said in a sworn declaration submitted in connection with a pending lawsuit against Chao.  “This has led, apparently, to Dr. Chao resigning his position with the Chargers. This will also inevitably lead to the closure of . . . Dr. Chao’s surgical practice.”

Chao’s attorney disputed the claim, arguing that Chao still had a page on the hospitals’ website.  And then Chao disappeared from the hospitals’ website, according to Schrotenboer.  A spokesperson for the facilities declined comment.

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9 Responses to “Dr. Chao’s choice to quit the Chargers may have been influenced by loss of hospital privileges”
  1. sdcameron says: Jun 19, 2013 8:12 PM

    Don’t know how he kept the job for as long as he did.

  2. 3menandablog says: Jun 19, 2013 8:14 PM

    We let go so many good players over the last 5 years, but we kept Norv, AJ Smith and this guy around.

    It’s nice to start a new era.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 19, 2013 8:15 PM

    Turns out there was no apostrophe in “Dr. Chaos Surgical Procedures”.

  4. newmarketmaulers says: Jun 19, 2013 8:27 PM

    Guy sounds like Dr. Nick from The Simpsons.

  5. breakingb says: Jun 19, 2013 8:38 PM

    Nonetheless, Matt Ryan is shocked!

  6. kd75 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:37 PM

    His name is Doctor Chaos?

    He isn’t a James Bond villain?

    Chargers should replace him with Doctor Spaceman from 30 Rock…

  7. dabearsk says: Jun 19, 2013 9:49 PM

    This guys was a quack…we took my girl to see him for her bad knees..she use to be a pretty stud b-ball playa..he gave her some silicon injections in her knee and said it would last for a couple of years..in a couple of months we were right back there…give it one more shot but same thing…shows you that just because he was the Chargers team doctor doesn’t mean he knows what’s what…

  8. cometkazie says: Jun 19, 2013 9:52 PM

    Usually, loss of hospital privileges has to do with not keeping up with record-keeping requirements.

    What is the stated reason(s) he has lost privileges?

  9. joetoronto says: Jun 20, 2013 5:52 AM

    Just another great decision by the Spanos family.

    SMH.

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