An orthopedic surgeon accused of faking operations surrendered his medical license voluntarily Monday and has admitted to guilt in some of the cases against him, according to New York State court documents.
Dr. Spyros Panos, who formerly worked for the Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., surrendered his license to practice medicine in New York this week following charges of medical misconduct. Panos faced at least 250 counts brought by the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct involving fraud and negligence between 2007 and 2011, the court order showed.
Panos, 44, and his attorneys at Feldman, Kleidman & Coffey did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.
Larry Hughes, a spokesman for Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, where Panos performed many of the surgeries under investigation, said he was unaware of the surrender filing and couldn't comment.
In his response to the license surrender order, Panos admitted that he failed to render appropriate care, didn't maintain accurate medical records and submitted bills for seven former patients for which he was not entitled to payment. The identities of the patients were redacted from court documents to maintain their privacy.
Panos was terminated from his employer, Mid Hudson Medical Group, in 2011 and is also the subject of a criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office, although he has not been charged with a criminal offense, Wisell said.
His alleged victims say they are grateful that he's out of business, at least in New York.
"I'm glad someone finally stopped him," said Debra Cole, a retired telephone company technician who is suing Panos for allegedly performing two faked knee surgeries and causing her years of unnecessary pain. "To do everything he's allegedly done and to be able to continue to operate on other people, it was just terrible."
Debra Nenni McNamee, whose mother, Constance Nenni, died less than 24-hours after having an alleged "phantom" knee surgery performed by Panos said she hoped Panos' license surrender would start a domino effect.