By The Bakersfield Californian
A local pathologist has been placed on five years' probation by the Medical Board of California beginning Aug. 30.
The medical board filed an accusation against Dr. Savita Prasad Shertukde in April 2011 claiming that she "committed repeated acts of negligence by failing to properly read pathology slides."
Shertukde was put on administrative leave from KMC in October 2008 after an internal review of 30 cases that "represented substandard microscopic examinations," according to the accusation.
Shertukde was allowed to return to work in late 2008 but in February 2009, medical staff voted to deny her application for reappointment, the accusation said. On Thursday, KMC CEO Paul Hensler said she hadn't worked at the hospital for several years.
The medical board's accusation stated that a review of seven slides revealed that Shertukde misread four of them. However, the accusation did not say that any patients were harmed as a result.
The medical board's disciplinary order requires Shertukde to participate in one educational course on pathology each year of her probation. She is also required to participate in a clinical training program.
She is forbidden from supervising physician assistants and must pay the costs of monitoring her probation.
Shertukde said the situation snowballed and she didn't understand how she ended up on probation.
"These are real small potatoes," she said of the mistakes. "I can't understand it at all."
Shertukde is board-certified in pathology, according to the medical board's website.
The Hina Patel Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease will host its 5th annual sickle cell run/walk on Oct. 19.
The event opens at 6:30 a.m. at The Park at Riverwalk on Stockdale Highway with the run starting at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $25 if you register by Oct. 15, $35 the day of the event. Register online at www.hinapatelfoundation.com.
T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 people who register and prizes will be doled out to the top three men and women to finish the run in each age category. The event will also include a blood drive and bone marrow registry, face painting, henna and food.
The run is a fundraiser for the local foundation, which was started by two Bakersfield pharmacists whose daughter died after battling sickle cell disease. The foundation supports research and education, and helps patients and families dealing with the disease, Bhavana Patel, one of the founders, wrote in an email. The foundation also sends local children ages eight to 14 to a summer camp for kids with sickle cell disease.
An awareness walk for Chiari malformation will be held Sept. 21 at Franklin Elementary School.
Organizer Amber Waybright said this is the second walk to get awareness out about the condition, which causes the brain to push down through the bottom of the skull, putting pressure on a person's spinal column. Waybright's son David was diagnosed with the disorder in 2009, but he is doing well following a surgery at Children's Hospital Central California in Madera in 2010.
"He is a fighter. He has to be in a lot of pain to tell me when he's hurting. So he's learned perseverance through all this," Waybright said.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m. at 2400 Truxtun Ave. The event is free but T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for a minimum donation of $25. Visit conquerchiari.org to register in advance.
The walk is also a fundraiser for an Ohio research center.
Contact Waybright at 444-9181 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
-- Staff writer Rachel Cook