NW Indiana Cardiologists Sued Over Procedures

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) _ Lawyers say they've filed 19 new lawsuits and a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General's office against three northwestern Indiana cardiologists and a hospital alleging procedures including open-heart surgeries were performed unnecessary.
 
The lawyers called a news conference Tuesday to discuss the lawsuits filed either in state courts or with the Indiana Department of Insurance against Drs. Arvind Gandhi, S. Makam and Wail Asfour of Munster-based Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana. 
 
The unnecessary procedures also allegedly included pacemaker and defibrillator implantations.
 
Attorneys also filed a complaint with the Attorney General to be referred to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.
 
An attorney for the cardiology practice had no comment on the lawyers' claims. A message seeking comment was left for Munster's Community Hospital, which also is named as a defendant.