By David Mittleman

This past fall, the Boston Globe published a series of stories about a practice known as “concurrent surgery” or “simultaneous surgery,” in which a single surgeon is scheduled to operate on more than one patient at a time. Often, these surgeries result in one patient waiting under anesthesia for a doctor who is simultaneously operating on another patient. According to a survey conducted by the Globe of 47 hospitals across the country, “it is common for surgeons to start a second operation before the first is complete[.]” Many times, the procedures are “deliberately scheduled” to …read more