Say What?!: Surgeon on Probation for Removing Wrong Kidney

FULLERTON, California – A California surgeon who removed the wrong kidney from a federal inmate was placed on probation by the state medical board.

The California Medical Board ruled Dr. Charles Coonan Streit, a urologist who has had a license to practice for 41 years, committed “an extreme departure from the standard of care” when he relied on his memory and removed a healthy kidney from the 59-year-old federal inmate at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton in 2012.

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