The Outlier


I came across this article in the Charleston Gazette about an osteopathic surgeon named John King who went a little overboard filing lawsuits. According to the article, first he sued a state medical board when it took away his medical license, then he sued Putnam General Hospital and other defendants for $72 million when he was kicked off the staff at Putnam General. Then the article states that he filed suits against many of the hospitals that revoked his privileges, stating that these entities “conspired to ‘destroy [his]personal and professional life,’ to intentionally ‘inflict extreme emotional distress’ and to make it impossible for him to be paid for his medical services from Medicare and Medicaid.”

Here’s another article on Dr. King’s lawsuits against lawyers who didn’t properly sue his other lawyers for inadequate representation.

Maybe a little, shall we say, on the “litigious” side. Something tells me that he wouldn’t have filed as many suits if there was a “loser pays” rule in place, but that’s another post.

The thing that raised my eyebrows in the article was that Dr. King allegedly “generated 124 medical malpractice lawsuits while on the staff at Putnam General between November 2002 and June 2003 ….”

124 medical malpractice lawsuits in 7 months?

That’s more than one lawsuit every two days. That’s prolly more than were filed against doctors in my whole state during the same time period.

Dude (or “dood” if you’re Nurse K), I’m sorry, but if you get sued that many times, you have way more problems than some hospital officials being mean to you and giving you “anhedonia.”

Just don’t sue me for writing about you.

Then I’d have to hire force Matt to defend me — under ELRALA.

Interesting that, based on some detective work by Nurse K, we found a news story that Dr. John King changed his name to Christopher Wallace Martin in a Dothan, AL court and stating that Dr. King (or now Dr. Christopher Martin) never finished an orthopedic residency.
Be interesting to do a follow up story in the future.


  1. The ironic thing is that his victims would get the same tort “reform” screwing as everyone else. I guess it’s good that you support his protection.

    I wonder how many claims it took to get the medical board to act?

    • A “D.O.” who practices surgery. Osteopaths are fully licensed to practice all branches of medicine in all 50 states.
      Dr. Martin (nee King) is actually an osteopathic orthopedic surgeon.

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