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Sham Peer Review: No Evidentiary
BY RICHARD B WILLNER
The Center for Peer Review Justice
August 27, 2014
Legal positivism seems to me how the
courts have arrived at the "the
facts don't matter" or the
"accusation is sufficient proof"
evidential standard regarding "Sham
Peer Review" under the Health Care
Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (
HCQIA ) as long as the process is
identifiable and seems reasonable
purely as a process and there is
some identifiable concern, however
divorced from the facts.
Legal positivists make some
distinctive claims about what
constitutes legal validity. It is
difficult to improve on the
following introduction offered by
"Whether a society has a legal
system depends on the presence
of certain structures of
governance, not on the extent to
which it satisfies ideals of
justice, democracy, or the rule
of law. What laws are in force
in that system depends on what
social standards its officials
recognize as authoritative; for
example, legislative enactments,
judicial decisions, or social
customs. The fact that a policy
would be just, wise, efficient,
or prudent is never sufficient
reason for thinking that it is
actually the law, and the fact
that it is unjust, unwise,
inefficient or imprudent is
never sufficient reason for
doubting it. According to
positivism, law is a matter of
what has been posited (ordered,
decided, practiced, tolerated,
etc.); as we might say in a more
modern idiom, positivism is the
view that law is a social
What is the relevance of the medical
record under this "accusation is
final proof standard"? HCQIA
obviously does not authorize fraud
in the tampering and redaction of
medical records intended to guide a
decision or conceal hospital agent
liability in front of a physician
review panel, but, in my experience
over 14 years, this is the norm.
Commonly, only certain parts of the
medical record is send out for
medical review. So, obviously, the
report comes back damning the
surgeon under peer review.
Spoliation that is in the normal
practice of corporate peer review is
the normal but indefensible on moral
if not legal grounds.
A Peer Review defense lawyer one
told me that "100% of cases" he has
taken to the Peer Review Hearing
there had been significant record
spoliation and even if by some
miracle if these cases would have
judicial review at a later date, the
judges being lawyers and not
physicians tend to support the
evaluation of doctors without
reviewing the facts de novo.
Does this judge make the "twist on
the burden of proof" and the absence
of any evidentiary standard in "the
standards section of the law" thus
authorize actual fraud on the
medical record when it comes to the
"corporate" peer review process
under HCQIA? This would be the
essential difference between
"corporate peer review" and
traditional or non-corporate peer
Corporate peer review even though it
confirms to the process laid out in
HCQIA and the catechism of
corporate defense work should be
void against public policy for its
lack of evidentiary standards.
Even the almost inevitable
submission of the doctor's name to
the National Practitioner's Data
Bank ( The Data Bank) does not
require an evidentiary standard.
The unique public-private
partnership of the NPDB takes it's
marching orders to the will of the
corporate interests of the Executive
Board, full of corporate types in
the private sector, which is hidden
from the public.
I understand the jurisdictional
issues between state and federal,
but I think it is interesting when a
state court interprets federal law
differently from how it's own
federal court has interpreted it.
Congressional House Bill HR 2472
that was retired by the last
Congress would have added
substantive due process to
accompany the HCQIA guaranteed
procedural due process rights, a
hearing ( chance of the doctor
prevailing less than 5%) of
physicians ( MDs, DOs, DPMs, and
DDSs ) as well as to add evidentiary
safeguards in the quest to curtail
the spoliation of evidence in the
Medical Record and in the Expert's
reviews. It got only 15
co-sponsors, all Congresssmen-physicians.
No Procedural Due Process...
No Evidentiary Standards... Looks
like Physicians and Surgeons, under
the Health Care Quality Improvement
Act of 1986 ( HCQIA ) remain the
only group without their Civil
SHAM PEER REVIEW
Description of disease:
The scientific method generally involves collecting data,
making observations, developing theories on the basis of
those observations, performing tests of those theories under
controlled circumstances, and finally, taking a course of
action if those tests prove the theories. Sham peer review
is a backward malignant bastardization of the scientific
method. It involves making a decision to take the action,
then asking minions to collect the data to support the
arbitrary decision. It happens in the corporate world every
day, i.e., an executive wants to fire an employee, so he
asks his lackeys to "get the documentation". This is exactly
what happens to physicians in sham peer review as well.
Peer review is a healthy, scientific, positive process by
which physicians review what their peers are doing, looking
at variances, and studying the how simple outcomes of these
variances, and then making recommendations based on these
studies. If Dr. X does things differently from Dr. Y and Dr.
Z, let's look at Dr. X's outcomes, and if they are not as
good as Dr. Y's or Dr. Z's outcomes, perhaps Dr. X might
consider changing his methods in order to improve patient
care. The course of action usually involves additional
education, and punitive actions really have no role in this
type of process.
Sham peer review however is not at all concerned with
improving patient care, it is usually motivated by corporate
profits, greed, or sometimes merely as a personal vendetta
if there has been a long-standing or intense animosity
towards the physician. It is intended to get a physician
"out of the way", perhaps kicked off of a medical staff, or
even imprisoned, because he stands in the way of corporate
profits even, or especially, if he is a whistleblower on the
corporation's illegal or dangerous actions, although the
physician may be acting out of a genuine concern for patient
safety and care.
Sham peer review is routinely used by hospital
corporations and is currently at epidemic proportions. We
know of many outstanding, good, ethical physicians who are
currently no longer practicing his profession and support
their families. Corporations use lawyers, the physician's
personal enemies and economic competitors, and even
legislators and law enforcement officials to help them in
this bastardization of the peer review process. Sham peer
reviewers are often successful if their financial resources
dwarf the monetary resources of the physician they are
trying to destroy. One of the main difficulties which the
sham peer reviewer faces is keeping his true motives hidden,
so the corporations which have slick public relations
departments and are skilled at press releases, are often the
A good general rule is, any charges against a physicians
methods which are not the result of medical staff committees
staffed by physicians acting in accordance with medical
staff bylaws, is strong suspicion for "SHAM" peer review.
Truth often has no meaning in the sham peer review campaign,
only the amount of efficient "spin" which the sham peer
reviewer can generate, much in the same way that a lawyer is
not interested in the truth when he is defending a known
murderer, or a prosecuting attorney is interested in the
truth because he simply wants to win his case also. Evidence
which interferes with winning cases, even if it is truth, is
generally disregarded or hidden. It is very common that the
physician targeted for Bad Faith Peer Review has no history
of medical malpractice suits or complaints to the State
An effective treatment is to consult with the Center for
Peer Review Justice (www.PeerReview.org) We invite your
email at " info@PeerReview.org " or a call on the Sham Peer
Review Hotline: 504-621-1670
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Rich delivers his message with force and passion
Modern Peer Review Is Often A Sham!
By Richard Willner
- There was a time not so long ago when Doctors could have disputes
with hospitals and simply move on. Nowadays, the hospital uses a
fraudulent peer review to destroy the doctor’s career.
The reason for this is to control the health care dollar and to
diminish the bond of trust between physicians and patients and sell
the snake oil of falsified hospital quality ratings to the public.
The parties who have become the defector credentialing authorities
of physicians are corporate lawyers whose firms represent banking,
insurance, cigarette companies, asbestos manufacturers and other
gross offenders of health and well being of ordinary people in the
pursuit of profit.
These law firms comprise the roster of the Health lawyers
association, and they are accomplished defenders of pseudoscience to
serve their clients bottom line so the psycho babble of the quality
movement is right up their alley.
We are way beyond the tipping point. But, sadly individual
Physicians are too overwhelmed with caring for forced
over-documentation, complying with too many Federal organizations
who will fine or put a doctor in jail, and when they have time,
caring for the sick.
Doctors are fixated at Obama care for a very good reason. It is
beyond horrible and only understood by those who read the Law and
know that the hundred thousand pages of Regulations will follow.
They don’t understand there are no “appeal rights” for the patient.
And, it is Government and they will control everything in its sight
Government has no feeling. If an expensive Medicare patient should
die a month early, well, I can see the Government accountants
dancing in delight!!
How wrong Doctors are to ignore today’s battles at the state level.
Doctors don’t care as “it does not affect me”. In time, the losses
that physicians and surgeons suffer in one state gain speed and
arrive in ALL states. And, when it is at your state, it is too late.
No Physician organization is fighting these battles that can be won.
Often, battles are won by just one man who can persuade legislators
on what the real issues are and how their ideas destroy the
patient-doctor relationship. The issues are Big Money, Big Power and
It is all about our special idealism that kept us going in Med
School and in our Residency. It was our overwhelming desire to be
the absolutely best doctor we could be.
We weren’t driven by money but to excel in the care for one patient
at a time. We wanted to be perfect even at our 36th hour awake. Our
focus was super-human. We gave up our lives to learn our craft.
There is no question that the doctor no longer controls the “patient
But, if we want to win the big war, we can start by winning each
And this is a war that we must win as America trusts their precious
health not to the suits or Government but to…. American Physicians
TERRIFYING RESULTS OF "PHYSICIAN PEER REVIEW
( SHAM PEER REVIEW)
by Richard Willner, CEO
The Center for Peer Review Justice
Regarding "Suspended Physician's Hearing Put
on Hold" ( AMNews ): The concept of a patent's alleged "imminent
danger" coupled with legal immunities guaranteed by the federal
Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 ( "HCQIA") and
similar state laws, followed by the Courts' reluctance it second
guess physicians' "professional" opinions, can lead to
terrifying results for the physician under fire. Both medical
institutions ( e.g. hospitals) and state medical boards can play
the "summary suspension" trump card on a hapless victim without
fear of significant legal liability or effective judicial
review. The physician being so attacked has little recourse, and
he or she may suffer terrible and irreparable monetary loss,
even if demonstrably "not guilty".
(follow up on this particular case -
Gil N. Mileikowsky, MD)
This is America!! Why no Justice for Physicians and Surgeons?
Physician Brownouts and Hospital Liability
Shifting Up Due to Obama Care
by Richard Willner, CEO
The Center for Peer Review Justice
I am not shocked to see such a sharp uptick in “Physician
Brownout’ sham peer review cases.
Physician Brownout is a term Richard Willner coined to describe a special
kind of peer review or professional retaliation which involves
liability shifting for nursing error or any of a number of
events where a hospitals has liability for its agents.
“After 11 years and hundreds of cases, you get to be a bit of an
epidemiologist on sham peer review. (read more)
Health Care Fraud and Accrual Based Accounting
by Richard Willner, CEO
The Center for Peer Review Justice
May 18, 2011
Health care fraud is a double entry system of accounting. We
must discipline our thinking to reflect that of the accountant
and lawyer so engaged in order to find the crooks and gather
evidence of their misdeeds.
It is pointless to completely focus on the all too necessary
whining and sniveling and cross examination of our self worth
that the system forces us to do. We eventually only bail water
into our own boats and vomit on our friends.
Every time you hear about sham peer review of independent
doctors, ask yourself what is on the credit side of each
equation. Richard Willner is the chief epidemiologist of this.
Is it in the thousands?
FOLLOW-UPS - shared with permission of our former
clients. Not all of our clients wish to divulge their stories
10 + YEARS --
10 YEARS -- PHILIP LEONARD
10 YEARS -- ARIZONA
7,8 YEARS -- FEMALE ENT 18 months out of the OR. got her back
into her own OR. No Courts
We just had a Five Year Follow-up of a Sham Peer Review
What is interesting about this case is that this surgeon was
suspended, and we got him back to the SAME hospital O.R very
quickly., No data banking, No referral to the Physicians Health
Program, No referral to the State Medical Board , AND we were
able to get this entire matter expunged. This was 5 years ago
and there have been no "Reactive Sham Peer Reviews". He knew
that I was available at the other end of the phone. And, yes, he
called me thru the years and we "talked out" every professional
issue he had.
No question this is an unusual case with a perfect ending. Every
doctor I work with knows that like in Medicine and in Law, there
are no guarantees, no assurances and no refunds. Frankly, it is
very challenging to get a win as the Hospital has EVERY legal
advantage as well as IMMUNITY. The period of the suspension for
the surgeon is a time of unspeakable stress and overwhelming
fear. Much of what goes on in Sham Peer Review is not within my
control or influence. That is just common sense. This surgeon
listened to me intently and followed my suggestions. He
understood that the accepted literature on Sham Peer Review
reveals a zero to 5 percent success using "traditional methods".
It has been my pleasure and privilege consulting with Physicians
and Surgeons over the past 12 years. --- Richard Willner
Richard, I am sitting here today after coming back from a
consult wearing the same scrubs that I was wearing Friday July
13, 2007. I know these are the fateful scrubs since I can still
see the pen marks of hasty notes I made on the scrubs after the
hospital chief of staff summarily suspended me on Friday the
At the time, I had no clue what the summary suspension meant. I
did not understand what peer review meant and ultimately I had
no clue what I was facing. My mother was a retired physician and
as a woman minority she had only one piece of advice FIGHT. She
was willing to lend me her retirement money to set things
straight. In the days that followed I spoke with colleagues,
risk managers, and proceeded to undergo a sham peer review which
felt like I was in wonderland thru the looking glass. My friends
at the hospital were worthless and now I know who my true
Everyone told me get an attorney, sue, claim discrimination
etc... I still cant remember exactly how I found you but I
believe it was after I Gogled some articles about hospital
review and found the term "peer review". That ultimately led me
to a cross road. I had contacted 3 attorneys and you. I was
surprised when you called me so quickly and your original
supposition/observation that I might be stressed out was 1000%
correct. When you meet someone on the internet it is hard to
believe if what they are saying is true or complete fabrication
so we talked and talked and talked.
I took your advice, testing it along the way. I was able to turn
the heat/anger down by taking a conciliatory route while at the
same time negotiating with the hospital with an attorney that
was interested in solving the problem not dragging it out. After
comparing notes with other physicians which spent 50,100, 200,
300 thousand dollars I realize how lucky I was.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with my mother (retired
neurologist) since she was the only person whose advice I
trusted and she wanted to fight to the last dollar. I am also
glad that I took you advice on avoiding publicity, public
discussion, reports to JCAPHO and the state. Ultimately those
efforts would have painted the hospital and medial staff into a
corner and they would have National Practitioner Databanked me
as well as reporting me to the state board for certain.
Your advice reminds me a lot of the cognitive benefit of the
internist. Sometimes doing nothing or advising to do nothing can
avoid unproductive costly intervention and mistakes. That is a
lot more difficult to quantify then performing a surgery but far
more valuable to the patient. Unfortunately not all patients
appreciate that when I give them advice to have no surgery or
prescribe no medications during a consultation. The cognitive is
truly very difficult to quantify.
The end result of my current summary suspension is that the
summary suspension has been lifted, full privileges have been
restored and the chief of staff has agree to expunge the summary
suspension. I was able to settle with the hospital with an
agreement which left my privileges intact and was a complete win
for me. The hospital Medical Executive Committee has approved
the agreement and last I heard from the attorney the board will
endorse the MEC approval.
Just in time for my birthday today! That was a hell of a gift. I
wish it had a receipt so I could return the damn thing but it
was a tremendous learning experience.
Thank you for all your advice and I have referred a few
colleagues who have been databanked or have a peer review sham
S. O. MD
26 Oct – Nashville
Board of Directors is proud to announce
that Dr. Richard Willner, is the
Semmelweis Society International “Clean
Hands Award” recipient for 2010.
litigation is not for everyone, but Dr.
Willner has successfully kept physicians
employed – even when facing seemingly
very time-consuming. One is out of the
operating room for prolonged periods of
time, it costs a fortune and the rate of
success is very poor,” says Willner.
In one case, Dr.
Willner’s work led to the resignation of
an entire State Podiatric Medical Board.
Among the many
‘thank you’ letters are examples of
gratitude for expunging records,
reinstated licenses, and prevented data
banking – cases that included a
neurologist subjected to a criminal
trial. Thanks to Dr. Willner, his
medical license was reinstated.
applies a sound approach to prevent Data
Banking by counseling physicians labeled
as “disruptive” and getting them back
into practice within the specified time
limits. In extreme cases, he has had
cases expunged entirely.
SSI commends Dr.
Willner for untold hours of mentoring
and counseling. His body of work
attests to his love of medicine and deep
admiration for honorable physicians.
information about Dr. Willner, contact
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Review Justice Award
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of the Pittsburg Post Gazette
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CPRJ: Development of PR and Media
CPRJ began after the crusade to prove
the innocence of a single physician. In
2000, a podiatrist named Brian Gale
worked for the head of the North Dakota
Podiatry Board, and they subsequently
had a falling out. Brian then began
working for a group called Bismarck,
which was in direct competition to his
previous employer, the head of the
board. After this move, he began being
terrorized by the Podiatric Board.
After filing suit, he twice lose in the
Court of Appeals, then at the North
Dakota Supreme Court.
despair, and without any further avenues
to pursue, he wrote a letter to fellow
members of the profession and asked for
their help. In stepped his savior, Dr.
Richard Willner. Dr. Willner was
curious as to how a physician with 4
years of residency training, the longest
available residency for podiatrists,
could possibly be such a "bad doctor"
Of note, Dr. Gale had not a single
malpractice suit. Brian Gale sent him
29 pounds of documents regarding his
case, and Dr. Willner poured through
these documents giving each his undivided
this time, the CPRJ initiated a public
relations and media firm that became so
powerful, it salvaged Dr. Gale's
professional reputation, reinstated him
in medicine, and resulted in
the resignation of ALL the members of
the North Dakota Board of Podiatric
Medicine. As time passed, this public
relations firm has continued to grow and
become more influential. Through the
utilization of technology and multiple
databases, the CPRJ has been essential
in highlighting problems with sham peer
review and exposing those individuals
who participate in this practice. These
databases include healthcare writers of
every national newspaper in the United
States, many thousands of healthcare
blogs, and every major television
reporter covering healthcare stories.
The CPRJ has recently partnered with women's
groups to specifically crusade for women
faced with disparities in the medical
workplace. These women's groups
include political advocacy groups, women's blogs, individuals focused on
women's studies in universities, and
women politicians. The database formed
with these partnerships includes
demographic data which is maintained by
a battery of committed volunteers
The CPRJ database is used in the plight for
physician justice. The headquarters are
located in Dallas, Texas, but this
information is backed up in several
states. With 12 years under its belt,
the CPRJ has become exponentially more
powerful than it was even in the
beginning years of 2000. From the
beginning, the CPRJ has sustained public
relations for greater than a year for
those affected. Physicians involved in
sham peer review can finally even the
playing field and have the chance to
stand up for what they believe in: a
true and just system.
CPRJ has partnered with the fastest
growing medical society, the America's
www.AmericasMedicalSociety.com , to
extend it's reach to Medical doctors,
Podiatrists, Nurses, Physician therapists,
Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, etc
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Thrive - Not JUST Survive III:
Proof Your Practice"
Agenda from San Antonio Conference
Thrive - Not JUST Survive II:
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Should " DUE PROCESS RIGHTS "
be part of hospital peer review?
By Judge Scott E. Segall and William Pearl, MD
....There is no federal statute that
requires peer review committees to observe due process, which the Supreme Court
has defined as giving written notice of the actions contemplated, convening a hearing, allowing both sides to present evidence at the hearing,
and having an independent adjudicator
... Because the HCQIA
mandates the reporting of disciplinary actions of peer review committees to
the National Practitioner Data Bank, such a report could harm a physician's
career throughout the nation
there is no requirement that the physician be given notice and an opportunity to
be heard, and there is no requirement that members of the peer review
committee be unbiased. The HCQIA recommends that the physician should get
notice of the allegations, time to prepare for a hearing, a list of witnesses,
the right to legal counsel, and an impartial fact finder.
... However, the act
concludes "A professional review body's failure to meet the conditions
described in this subsection shall not, in itself, constitute failure to meet
the standards of this act)."
failure of the HCQIA to require due process calls into question the fundamental
fairness of the medical peer review system..
...The purpose of requiring due
process is to ensure that the actions taken are not arbitrary, capricious, or
unreasonable. Where there is no due process, the system invites abuse
...Peer review in its current form
fails to protect an investigated physician from committee members having an
economic or personal bias. Economic bias occurs when a committee member has a
financial interest in the outcome.
...Personal bias is inevitable when
coworkers judge each other. Some people are very likable, and others illuminate
the room by their absence.
...Federal law prohibits a federal
judge from hearing cases in which his impartiality might reasonably be
questioned or in which he has a financial interest (11). The same standards
should apply to member of a peer review committee. The potential for abuse when
these suggested procedures are not followed would indicate the need for
mandatory due process.
...The effects of an adverse peer
review decision are no longer limited to the relationship between a physician
and a hospital. The decision becomes part of the National Practitioner Data
Bank. Medical peer review must provide physicians the protections
of due process.
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Subject: What it's Like to Work with Richard Willner
One word INTENSE! He never gives up and never gives in!! He
will call you at anytime of day or night whenever he gets a
good idea. If he tells you to do something that you think is
even crazy, just do it. He is much more experienced about
what he does then you will ever be.
Winning isn't everything with Richard, it the ONLY thing!
You will know this within the first five minutes you talk to
him. He is tough, blunt and relentless and all those are
compliments. I cannot predict the future outcome but do know
that everything will be left out on the field of battle. All
efforts will be expended.
That"s what it means to work with Richard Willner.
Dr. Richard Willner is an expert
in government program compliance
and reversing sham peer review.
His track record is outstanding
in both categories. Dr. Willner
is dedicated to his work in
righting the wrongs of absolute
power. He is an exemplary
consultant, worthy adversary and
man of many talents."
Craig Wax, DO 12/6/12
"Dr. Willner is an experienced
advocate. He represents
physicians and other licensed
health care providers around the
country who have been accused of
wrongdoing and are facing the
loss of their hospital
privileges and / or their
license to practice medicine.
Notably, Dr. Willner has been
able to succeed in cases where
legal representation may have
failed. While there are some
cases where even Dr. Willner may
not ultimately prevail, his
clients are assured of a
hard-fought battle on their
behalf. As an attorney, I
heartily welcome Dr. Willner's
expertise and assistance in peer
review cases." October
Great Results, Personable, Good
Robert W. Liles
hired Richard as a Doctor in 2006, and hired Richard more than once
"Actually, I have asked his
advice and he has mine, and we
both discussed the problems with
sham peer reviews, since , I
have been one who has paid a
deep price for thinking outside
the box. I also discuss how we
are all not built perfectly
mentally and how we are all
being beat up both mentally and
physically from the stress of
He has helped me understand the
nature and unfairness of this
beast, and then has tried to
find any solutions to my
dilemma, which is more than most
of my colleagues could do.
He is a good guy, a little nuts
(who isn't) and he is still
trying to slay the dragon. Carry
on, Richard , The NEW Orleans
Expert, High Integrity, Creative
Richard is very passionate about
his career and this is not a
popular job-fighting the
establishment powers of the
health world about their abuse
of power in punishing doctors
because of their beliefs .
A very thankless job , and more
doctors should appreciate that
Richard is one of the few true
advocates in keeping the health
world as fair as possible to
Plus he is a little crazy in a
April 15, 2012
Dr. Stu Rosan
family doctor, Stuart Rosan D.O.
worked directly with Richard at
Center for Peer Review
Justice-fighting Sham Peer
thank you again for your help in successfully derailing a
sham peer review at the Hospital. I request your help
currently in my future participation with the hospital.
Over the past 5 years, I hardly ever admit patients to the
Hospital nor do I perform elective surgery at their
facilities. However, I have been MANDATED to perform on-call
at the hospital 1 out of every 6 nights. 3 months ago a
brand new specialist came to to the city and was hired by
another Hospital and given full privileges at my Hospital
but has never been on the call schedule. What I am looking
for from your standpoint is options that I can pursue
whereby I would be dismissed from on-call obligations with
the condition that I can admit and treat my PRIVATE patients
under emergency circumstances without harassment. I have
submitted my renewal of privileges with WRITTEN omission of
facial trauma, elective tracheostomy, transfer of patients
from the operating room to the ICU (the subject of my sham
peer review), conscious sedation, pediatric airway, and
pediatric emergencies on unassigned patients. I also made it
clear in writing that I do not participate in Medicaid. I
have not heard any response----they may make it easy by
denial of renewal. If they harass me over it, yet they allow
a brand new specialist physician to skate out of call
unopposed, I may need you and your attorney to help me push
M November 1, 2112 12:11 pm
Note: Names of Hospitals and specialties were deleted for
I have seen you go
to the mat for people who deserve it and win, Richard. Glad
to be a part of what you do"
Dean ( Network Administrator and our digital consultant).
You are an
extraordinary man, Richard. I am proud to call you friend.
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great pleasure and a sense of gratitude that I
recommend Richard Willner and his Center for Peer Review
Justice to you.
I was fortunate to have come to know Mr. Willner shortly
after I became involved in seemingly insurmountable
difficulties regarding my medical
practice. I can truly say that Richard was a real life saver
At a time when my world seemed to be crashing down on my
head, Richard Willner was sent like an angel to help me in
my fight for justice.
It was very lucky for me that Mr. Willner and his Center for
Peer Review Justice were involved in the areas of Peer
Review, Licensing and Data Banking and has carved
out a niche in which he utilizes "extra legal" and "extra
judicial" defenses to come to the aid of doctors who are
paralyzed by a legal morass in which the other side seems to
have all the protection and there is not the legal
protections that we expect in America. The fact is that
Boards and Peer Review Panels do not work under the premise
that you are innocent unless proven guilty. They see their
role as one to protect the public even if it means that the
professional is wrongly convicted or restricted. Sometimes
they have other less noble motives.
In a field where the success rate is very low because the
other side has immunity, he seems to win for his
He gives lectures to healthcare lawyers and is well
respected by his peers. Each case is different. There are
different situations and different players, so he develops
solutions which change with the playing field. Don't expect
a cookie cutter job. He won't tell you what he is going to
do. He gets to the bottom of things and gets results one
step at a time.
Over the last two years, I have seen his clients/doctors
have satisfactory results time and time again. Often the
wins are very quiet. Sometimes, I have seen where he has
toppled a corrupt Board and its lawyer or mounted a
legislative battle to result in a win. Richard knows how to
utilize the media to your best use. Most wins are much lower
key. He has been a trial consultant and keeps up with cases
all over the country.
He is intensely focused with your winning and staying in
practice, whether it is making some behind the scene calls
or working to get data bank information changed to better
reflect a situation. Sometimes he is just there to support
you emotionally so you have the strength to win the game.
Richard Willner started the field of "extra-legal/
extra-judicial" defense with his Center for Peer Review
Justice. He affordably provides things that lawyers are
unable to do. Certainly, you need to have expert Legal
Advice as well. Mr. Willner balances your defense with an
offense which the system is not expecting.
I might liken using a legal defense to playing piano with
only the white keys. Mr Willner's extra-legal defense,
rounds out your program with the black keys....The sharps
and the flats that are needed to get you through a perilous
I would heartily recommend Mr Willner to most people wanting
a full defense.
Name Withheld, Texas
I've written this recommendation of your work to share with
other LinkedIn users.
Details of the Recommendation: "Dr. Willner is an
experienced advocate. He represents physicians and other
licensed health care providers around the country who have
been accused of wrongdoing and are facing the loss of their
hospital privileges and / or their license to practice
medicine. Notably, Dr. Willner has been able to succeed in
cases where legal representation may have failed. While
there are some cases where even Dr. Willner may not
ultimately prevail, his clients are assured of a hard-fought
battle on their behalf. As an attorney, I heartily welcome
Dr. Willner's expertise and assistance in peer review
Service Category: Doctor
Year first hired: 2006 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value
( Robert Liles, Esq is a managing partner in a large
health care law firm in Washington DC as well as in Houston,
Dallas, San Antonio and in the Valley.
He was formally with the Department of Justice and was the
first Chief of the Health Care Fraud Department. )
To: Richard W. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 12:22 PM
Subject: Bless you!!!
So Richard; how do I express my "dripping" praise for you?
Well, I am now wearing 3 winter jackets so I can perspire to
the point of dripping gallons of sweat as a symbolic
gesture. You are very generous and I appreciate from the
heart what you are doing.
Will be in touch.
Enjoy your game as well. The Jets need to run the table I
think at this point to get the last Wild Card spot.
November 15, 2011 12:48 PM
Just under a year ago, I was in danger of losing my career.
I was thrown into an experience which was horrifying,
stressful, expensive, and downright degrading. I was being
attacked. When I first spoke with you, I was afraid you
would think I was a horrible person (as those shammers would
have one believe.)
You listened and saw the truth and helped me; you stuck with
me and we ended up victorious. I wanted to thank you for all
your help. that sounds so trite in comparison to all you did
for me. You truly are a saint. You even took the time to
speak with me late at night when I would call terrified
about keeping my career. You are intelligent, committed,
energetic, and innovative; and you have many good friends in
many places. You are dedicated to your work and to doing the
right thing whatever it takes. I commend you.
You are probably responsible for many lives being saved that
you don't even know of. Why? Because you save the practices
of those physicians who are the good ones, who get wrongly
accused by the bad ones. You really should be sainted or
knighted or something like that. Words do not do justice to
express my heartfelt appreciation to you!
Sent: Monday, November 7, 2011 2:52 PM
I just want to express my heart felt gratitude towards you.
I truly believe God put you in my life as a guardian angel.
When I first contacted you, I felt relieved just to have
someone to talk to who believed in me and offered me
guidance throughout this whole process. I had no idea what a
huge role you would play in helping me get my license.
Throughout the months, I have not always known exactly what
your plans would be or what you were doing behind the
scenes, but now in looking back, it all makes sense. I know
I say this a lot, but I definitely feel as though you were
made for doing what you do. You have the knowledge and
experience to correct the wrongs of the medical field, but
above all, you have the heart. You have a heart of gold and
truly care about people, and that is why you are so
The past few weeks leading up to the medical board hearing
were so stressful and I could not have gotten through it
without you. I can never express enough to you my gratitude
for you driving all the way down here to be at my side
during the hearing. Without you, I would not have a license
or a career in medicine. You have made a friend for life.
Please let me know if there is anything I can ever do for
To: Richard Willner <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, May 2, 2011 6:03 PM
Subject: Dear Richard,
Thank you for all your hard work. I know you have your heart
and soul in what you do. It is clear to me you give
everything a great deal of thought and you are always
working on your cases, day and night. I know what you do
doesn't happen without a tremendous amount of caring as well
as a keen intelligence. I have been so grateful you have
been there for me so many time. It is very overwhelming
going through all the changes and to work through all the
uncertainty it brings to one's life. I am confident if there
is anyone who can help me it is you. My very best to you for
your dedication and unyielding desire to help those of us
who find ourselves in what feels like an insurmountably
array of difficulties that come with a scam peer review.
From: Pastor Alvin
Dear Dr. Willner,
I along with the members of the First Emmanuel Baptist
Church located at 1301 Solon Street, Gretna, Louisiana would
like to take this opportunity to thank you for your personal
concern for patients starting up the Diabetic Black American
Outreach Program. The valuable information you provided
regarding Diabetes and the Black community did indeed help
answer many questions that the members had. In many
instances for those in attendance ths questions answered and
information you provided were the first step in recognizing
and dealing with the serious problem of Diabetes. This
outreach program already has proven to be very successful.
In the short period of time it has reached Black at the
following churches: Secondary Highway Baptist Church,
Regular Baptist Church, St. Stephens Baptist Church.
So again, I would like to thank you for doing something that
has never been done before. You have stretched out your
hands to a community, and race or people that had little
knowledge of a very serious problem affecting them. The
implementation of the Diabetic Black American Outreach
Program will help many of those that would not otherwise
seek help or answers to many of their questions or concerns.
Rev. Alvin J. Jackson
Oct 10- 2012 - comments in English below
A quien corresponda
Estamos en tiempos de cambio donde,cada Americano gasta un
promedio 17 centavos por cada dollar en el systema de
cuidado de salud en los Estado Unidos . Se espera que ne el
ano 2019 el gasto va a subir a 19.3% del gasto total de la
Los ganadores en este proceso son las grandes corporaciones
como las aseguranzas y los hospitals y los perdedores son
los pacientes y los medicos.
Con esta direccion es facil predecir el abuso sin escrupulos
de los hospitals que se apoyan en las mismas leyes
utilizadas para proteccion de los medicos por el govierno
federal para fines de gananacia financieros.
Yo soy medico Internista ,he practicando medicina desde
1986, nunca envuelta en â€ślaw suitsâ€ť. Cuando tuve mi
primer experiencia de esta naturaleza a mis 49 anos me senti
regresada al ano de 1986 a un nivel tercermundista,
enfrentada un un monton de abuzones, montoneros sin
escrupulos que se sentian y se sienten los duenos del
hospital y querian destruir mi Carrera con quejas
inexistentes y ambiguas.
Los hospitalistas y los medico de emergencias son un
problema muy grave en los hospitals porque ellos son grupos
asalariados que saltan a posiciones de â€śpoderâ€ť escudados
con la inmunidad legal que da la ley de HCQIA que esta
escrita en la la constitucion de los Estados Unidos para
monopolizar los hospitals y destruir competicion. En otras
palabras en muchas ocasiones ellos violan las â€śAntitrust
En mi caso La tactica que se utiliza gneralmente es un "non
spoken agreement"entre medicos asalalariados que gozan de(
inmunidad federal legal HCQIA) para protegerse de cualquier
actividad de ataque en contra de otro medico.
Por ejemplo la dinamica del hospital es el poder de "gate
keeper" el medico de emergencia que "decide" a donde va el
paciente, y el poder de "gate keeper" del medico
hospitalista rechaza el paciente a el piso de medicina si no
tiene aseguranza, o si esta en "grey line" o si representa
una gran "liability".
El paciente con grandes problemas medicos y
un poco de depression y sin aseguranza llega a la unidad de
psiquiatry ( que es el "sewage" del hospital) que no esta
equipada para tratar problems medicos pero que sin embargo
el hospital recive charities for la admission! medicos en
solo practica recivimos la carga financiera, la "liability"
y responasbilidad, asi como el abuso intimidacion y riesgo
de reporte a la AMA por el mismo grupo que hace toda la
distorcion de la dinamica.!!!!
Debido a esta dinamica La mortalidad de la unidad de
psyquiatria estaba fracturada. Antes de que yo llegara a
este hospital, yo habia visto pacientes psquiatricos por 12
anos antes de practicar en este Nuevo hospital y ellos
probablemente no sabian que yo tenia zero mortalidad en mi
Esta gente empezo a levanter quejas y mas quejas en contra
mia en menos de un ano a un numero de casi cuarenta de
detalles inexistentes y como en mi cultura dicen â€ścasi me
tenian con la pata en el pescuezo.
One afternoon before I went to their peer review I had an
impending fear and I called Richard B. Willner, CEO THE
CENTER FOR PEER REVIEW JUSTICE and you want to know how he
helped me, right Well it happen that he is also Executive VP
from Americas Medical Society, as well as the CEO of the
Gale News Network ( GNN) and people who abuse legal federal
power also fear the shame of an scandal specially if there
is evidence of abuse.
Richard B. Willner, was as a silent respectable shield that
not only protected me but guided me. He assured me that I
was entitled to enjoy the social benefits that the US market
provide to its citizens, he asked me never to give up.
Richard told me in his words "they do not own the hospital,
you are a good Dr. you deserve to be where you are, and
continue there Please.........
Thank you Richard!
San Antonio TEXAS
Sent: Mon, October 11, 2010
Subject: Thank you
Thank you for your hard work and invaluable insights with regard to handling
disciplinary matters with the medical board. Your approach to handling these
matters helped avoid a deportation because the lack of due process protections
in medical board matters may frustrate favorable resolution through the
adversarial legal processes available to physicians.
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A letter from the
Hospital following a killer sham?
That is a
first. Who would believe it?
Subject: Happy Holidays!!
Dear Rich, Our spirits were raised today when we read
the APOLOGY letter from our old hospital. It has been
expensive, stressful, and educational for myself and my
family to survive the ordeals begun a year ago. Thanks
for your ongoing support and for always being there for us.
Talking to you first prevented me from doing or saying the
wrong thing....our surgeons' angel!! Thanks for everything!!
T.H, DO, FACOOG
Center for Peer
I had never known the real depths of
despair. As an individual who has
desired to be a physician from a
very young age, witnessing
first-hand the near destruction of
my career was tantamount to being
annihilated as a person. Your
perseverance to rectify my situation
and to seek-out the hidden method to
unravel and thus resolve the dilemma
of my career is nothing but
phenomenal. The drive with which
you approached the case and your
unyielding desire to see this
“wrong” put to “right” is
remarkable. Few individuals have
the motivation to help anyone in a
situation such as this, yet you
assisted me although I was
previously unknown to you. Quickly,
you established a method to salvage
my career. You did that for me as
well as many others. I can not
thank you enough for the work that
you have accomplished.
If I could
reward you the Nobel Prize for
humanitarianism… I would do so.
There are many unsung heroes in this
world. You are definitely one of
them. A civil rights activist of
sorts…. Leading the fight for those
unjustly accused who have committed
no crime except that of desiring
quality. Unfortunately, the medical
community has named the outspoken
disruptive. Ironic, I think, in a
land where speech is to be free. Is
it really free if it costs one
his/her career? I think not.
I applaud your
efforts and those of your hidden
“band of brothers” who guide you
along the way.
continue to persevere for those of
our medical family who are unjustly
your grass-roots efforts to inform
the uninformed of the misnomer
assigned to the phrase peer review.
2007 6:07:10 AM
Orlando Medical News
I have to say, when I read this,
I felt a deep sense of pride &
privilege. I wish my Mom had
been alive to know what you˘re
doing. She was like that; she'd
stand up, and defend others,
the weak, and those who've been
given a raw deal. You ended up
helping many, many others with
their careers. This is not only
cool, it˘s great. I˘m really
impressed at the position you've
established here. You˘re a
f***** ghost buster!
December 2007 - Follow Link for
Medical News Article
- Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 5:36:18 PM
Subject: LOUISIANA MEDICAL NEWS
DATE: October 30, 2007
LOUISIANA MEDICAL NEWS
for full article)
Congratulations! This is an excellent article. I
applaud your accomplishments, and wish you
continued success in the battle against the
'Whores of Healthcare'.
M. P., M.D.
|Dr. Richard B. Willner’s
crusade began seven years ago (2000) with an e-mail. In it,
Dr. Brian Gale described his battle
with the North Dakota Board of Podiatric Medical
Examiners. Gale maintained the dispute began when he
left another doctor’s practice to begin his own. That
doctor sued Gale, and the board filed disciplinary
charges against Gale. The resulting ordeal was at the
eight-year mark when Willner got involved. By that time,
Gale had run through seven attorneys and burned through
more than $500,000 in legal fees, only to lose at the
state Supreme Court.
|Dr. Richard Willner
“I asked him to send me a copy of the source
documents,” Willner said. “He sent me 29 pounds worth. I
went through them. I saw he was 100 percent truthful,
and I did not understand how a state board could
terrorize a licensee. I volunteered to help him.” Three
years later, every board member had resigned from the
North Dakota board, Willner said.
“You’ve got a guy, a middle-aged man who said, ‘You
know, I don’t really want to do another hammer toe
surgery again. I’ve had enough,’” Willner said. “I want
to do something better. I want to do something dynamic.”
He founded The Center for Peer Review Justice Inc. The
center now has offices in Kenner and Dallas. Eventually
Willner retired as a podiatrist.
Source: Ted Griggs,
Louisiana Medical News
Willner, the director of the Center for Peer Review Justice,
has been an ardent, strong supporter of me during the
attempts of my ex-business partner and my wife's ex-husband
to destroy my professional career. These two professionals
(?) filed complaint, after complaint in an attempt to get my
license suspended and revoked between 2004 and 2008. Despite
obstacle after obstacle in my battle to save my professional
career, we prevailed with the Kansas State Board of Healing
Arts. That is not to say, I didn't get reprimanded. It must
continue medical record-based supervision until 2012; faced
public censure; and fines. The "win" for us was that I am
able to continue to treat hundreds of patients who rely on
me for their professional treatment. My patients have been
loyal and dedicated to me. I remain loyal and dedicated to
them. I owe my professional career to my patients and Dr.
Richard Willner. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Dr D G
September 24, 2007 7:19:29 PM
Subject: Re: Holiday Season
I too want to wish you and your
family the happiest of holidays! I
am still hopeful that all of your
efforts will help to salvage the
career my husband has worked so hard
for, literally giving up everything
to dedicate himself to the care of
his patients. It is heartbreaking to
watch such a truly gifted surgeon,
who has made such a profound
difference in the lives of so many,
be literally robbed of his
livelihood and his ability to
provide for his own family --
unjustly, by others who feel
threatened by his skill and
compassion. For literally five years
now I have watched the man I love
suffer in a way I never knew
possible...the collateral damage is
If it weren't for your ongoing
encouragement and support, I don't
know what might have happened... you
continue to be his beacon of light
leading him out of the darkness. I
too will never forget you and will
forever be grateful for all that you
have and continue to do to help him!
You are an angel of mercy sent from
heaven above to fight for the
downtrodden when they have lost the
will to fight for themselves. Words
cannot express the gratitude I feel
for all the support you continue to
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year!
- Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Richard all of you will be recognized for your good deeds.
Since experiencing the process first hand the world seems a
much more complex place than just a few months ago. I look
around and every one is gunning for doctors. What is the
point of all this schooling, training, experience and talent
if groups want you obliterated on whim? Is this the price
of physician existence constant? vigilance, preparation, and
engagement? As an aside I remember Clarence Thomas during
his nomination hearings refer to a "lynching" Justice
Thomas has no clue what a real lynching is.
Modern organized medicine is a joke. Physicians need to
take some of that money they are throwing away and donate it
to a group that can help them where the rubber meets the
The "REAL" organized medicine is the CPRJ and its think
As Yom Kippur approaches:
Gmar hatimah tovah
Baruch atah adonai
Peace, S.M., MD
Sept 17, 2007
My husband did not utilize Rich. He decided to continue it
on his own. Rich will work very hard for you. I am
familiar with the cases he has won and it's incredible
actually. Rich is relentless & an amazing individual.
Thank you and good luck. I wish you the best. I was not
prepared for the battle. It was relentless and shocking &
so very unfair. My husband was my soul mate & best friend.
He was a beautiful human being: Generous, kind, nurses
referred to him as a gift to their hospital. It's important
that you do not try to carry this all on your own. I trust
that you have a tremendous support system.
Candace (widow of obstetrician who committed suicide)
- August 7, 2007
Dr. McKalip, the biggest risk to medical practice
economic viability I have never heard mentioned at the FMA,
AMA, or any county medical society meeting.
Read this excellent article (link below) and the insert
sections on peer review. As a 2 time FMA delegate who is
just beginning to get a feel for the process, I may have
simply missed resolutions on this issue. Ultimately
the biggest imminent threat to your practice economic
viability and your medical licensure comes not from
insurance companies but from your fellow physicians and
local hospital systems.
The 4 part series of articles was written in 2003 and I
cannot believe I had no clue about their significance and
content. There are few if any organizations that actually
help physicians with this threat to their economic practice
viability. It is quite literally the mucormycosis of your
professional career. Like that disease it is rare, poorly
recognized, and rapidly devastating with high degree of
morbidity and mortality.
I have no financial interest in the center for peer review
justice except that I am a member.
- April 19, 2007 7:02 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Sham Peer Review survival
Rich, thank you for keeping me abreast and updated.
You are an Angel of Light for the professionals. A strength
during their storm, a light of hope and one who is able to
produce results in favor of the Professional.
(widow of obstetrician who committed
- Tuesday, April 17, 2007 4:25 AM
It has been a pleasure working with you. By taking your
advice, even when it seemed to go against what some attorney
and medical practice advisors told me, I am saved. Unless
you have experienced a shamming, you won't know how
isolating and anxiety producing life in the hospital
trenches can be. Your experience and knowledge were my light
and beacon. You can't cover true light with darkness.
All of the "experts" that I have had to use in my situation
did their jobs, you actually helped me stay on the correct
course. I now have many "experts" interested in your opinion
and we have been working with your advice in mind.
My husband was happy that I could call you late at night,
over weekends, multiple times when we needed to do some
problem solving. I was actually able to have some wonderful
family moments during this very rough patch, because the
Center helped me to "decompress".
Some of my colleagues, who knew I was being shammed, were
impressed by how happy and calm I was during my peer review
process. It wasn't Prozac; it was Rich. I was able to stay
positive and focused on saving my career because you helped
me maintain my confidence in myself.
My life took a different course than expected. I am on the
verge of some wonderful opportunities. It was because you
kept me strong with my head held high, that I was able to
see that there were other places to use my skills. You have
many connections to very useful and talented people. It was
wonderful to belong to this medical, professional
I owe you everything. I will gladly help others if I can.
Please let me know what I can do. Sham peer review is a
career - ender. Sham peer review should be stopped. It can
happen to anyone.
- Sunday, February 25, 2007 5:59 AM
Seems to me Rich, you look like my guardian angel. I can
just barely make out the halo.
OB GYN Michigan
- Dec 15, 2006
It is really quite amazing to me the degree of perseverance
you have for working on these sham peer review cases. As we
all know, some of these cases take a great deal of time to
resolve, yet you continue to look for windows of opportunity
until there is a resolution. The resolution we all seek is
to get back to work in our field of training, and nobody has
a success record that can compare to yours.
I want to thank you for your consideration and continuing
efforts, and always being available whenever I have a
question or a problem. I can't think of anyone else, in any
business, who is literally available all hours of all the
days of the week! I cannot imagine trying to negotiate this
course without your assistance.
R. L., M.D.
- December 2006 -
Thank you for the long
email. You ARE a beacon of light.
Absolutely! I remain
deeply saddened of the reality that physicians
are being hunted and destroyed by hostile
hospital administrators, medical boards and
peers. You are fighting a war that you
certainly will win. My heart continues to
grieve for the talented professionals who become
targets and "are driven to slaughter." You are
their light and their hope. It is wonderful to
watch your organization grow.
(widow of obstetrician who committed
- Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thanks for the encouragement Rich. I really do appreciate your
insight and perspectives relative to my situation. These have
been quite helpful. Have a great weekend even though I know
that you work continuously.
Oct 28, 2005
I will do anything you
suggest. I am very impressed with what you have done and the people
you have surrounded yourself with. you have surrounded yourself with
reputable people and thank you for letting me even be part of this.
- September 2005
Thanks for being a light in the darkness. Losing my license because
bad people did things in my office has been the pits. You have been
a great encouragement to me; and helped me to reach out and do the
right thing and the positive "makes a difference thing". You have
given me worthwhile and supportive advice and helped me to get
through these bad days. It has helped me to understand the people
and power plays behind the injustice.
You have helped me get to a positive outcome. I think you have a
great grasp of the games being played .I just would like you to know
that I count you among my friends. Sometimes you have to do what
creates the best outcome, not what ever comes first to mind. I was
really too mad and down to think straight.
I would recommend your consulting for anyone that gets shot down by
a very flawed system. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Sunday, September 04, 2005
I want to thank you for your support throughout my dealings with
peer review fraud since 2001. You have truly helped my family and I
survive this crime.
Your knowledge and expertise have proven to be invaluable in matters
of peer review fraud. I would strongly recommend that anyone who
thinks they may be involved in a medical staff conflict contact you
immediately. To ignore this recommendation is foolhardy, and could
mean the end of a career. Those of us who have been through these
events know. You are truly an expert, if not the only expert, in
A physician may be represented by one of the best attorneys money
can buy, but I guarantee they are still handicapped if they don't
have your support. No affiliation with any physician group (AMA, TMA,
etc.) is going to significantly help, either. Of all the money I
have spent on defending myself, I have only seen returns on the
investment in time and money I have made with you and your
In fact, I fear there is nobody who could continue the services that
you and your organization provide should anything happen to you. So,
you and your family are welcome to stay at my home anytime a
hurricane threatens Louisiana again.
I never knew such acts as peer review fraud were possible in the
U.S. Fortunately, you have been helping victims of peer review fraud
successfully fight this (type of crime) for years! Your organization
is more valuable, both to the physician and the public, than the
Chief, Dept. of Surgery-
Diplomate, American Board of Surgery
All of us who are reasonable and concerned about peer review
know of Rich's abilities and dedication. He has a vast amount of
experience in this area as well as connections and a sound fund of
knowledge. We need him and physicians who have been shammed need
- "I think we need to have Rich Willner involved in the US Congressional hearings. He would bring a
wealth of experience in the trenches and has a database of numerous
cases. He also could give a more broad perspective than most of our
Bill (Chairman) 3-31-05
- Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD, Neurologist, Editor of the AAPS
Comment about Dr Willner August 2004
You are unique.
any people initially thought Einstein was a hopeless
Lawyers are not unique.
When people encounter something
or someone unique, they tend to shy
away from him or it, not knowing what
to make of it. Such is the curse of
greatness and uniqueness.
He was different.
Ugly attitudes is like flak.
You know you
are flying over the target when you start
to see flak all around you.
the one in the plane with the bombs.
No you wouldn't do anything else.
I know you better than that.
You really like what you do, and you do
Whether idiots recognize that or not
Remember, they are the idiots.
And, I appreciate your methods.
When you are outnumbered and outgunned, and there is nothing fair about
the playing field, the only option is "under the radar," stealth,
Matthews , MD
Richard Willner is clearly the front runner in
the area of Advocacy in the Peer Review Arena.
This is an area where the Peer Review Organizations enjoy an incredible
shield of Immunity which insulates them from having grievances addressed
in a legal arena.
These are human Beings making
decisions on issues that often relate to personality, professional
relationships, often secret, personal agendas, market shares, styles of
practice, life styles, race, religion and many other things that should
not be part of the peer review process.
Richard Willner has mastered the area of Extra Legal Methods to address
the Peer Review Organizations. How do you Shine a Light on things that
these Boards and Committees have done. They do not like the negative
publicity that results when their mistakes and often corruption is made
Advocacy costs money. One should not expect it to be free. People who
promote things deserve to be compensated. That is whether they are
advocating as a Lobbyist, or preparing an advertising campaign for a
product or your practice. Richard Willner acts as a personal advocate for
individuals to bring their case to light, or possibly to restore a
reputation that has been trashed.
There are not many people who do what Richard Willner does.
would you begin to find someone with his skills or even to know that
someone with his skills exists when you need them. Certainly the best place to tell people about yourself and
your services is anywhere that you are explaining what has happen need to
You may not like the fact that there is someone
there advocating for people who have gotten shafted...but he has been
successful because you know he is there.
is a Master of the Extra Legal Approach to Defense against Administrative
Injustice. You should be thankful that there is someone that is there to
help you when you need him
- I think it is a major accomplishment - i.e. it is
extremely difficult, if not impossible, in most cases, for a prophet to be recognized in his own town (comes from the
Justice and fairness that is dependent on people and not the rule of law
is a very tenuous thing. People come and go.
Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD
I am deeply moved by your problem because it
happened to me and my family and I understand
your wife's input but this time it can kill
you. She knows nothing about this kind of
battle. She cannot imagine what is in store for
you but before her meddling kills you she will
I won a peer review standing on my own two feet
without a lawyer until the procedure morphed to
disallow exculpatory factual evidence favorable
to me and include innuendo and hearsay favorable
to hospital counsel. My lawyer was the expert
for the region and I hired him at the last
minute thinking he could navigate past the
The fix was definitely in.
You would think my lawyer would go straight to
the courthouse but rather than piss off the
power brokers in the town, he just laid down and
screwed me out of a lot of money and put my
career in serious peril. Lawyer and
particularly state judges have so many unseen
ties to hospitals, the insurance industry,
legislators and other stake holders in sham peer
review that ultimately they will be the ones to
finally do you in. I don't know how else to
tell you but if you don't get Wilner you might
as well quit now.
There is a Nazi-like aura to these proceedings.
You are through the looking glass you have no
rights and the other side will not grant you any
out of a sense of honor. It is the worst form
of theft and corporate thuggery, all under the
banner of doing God's work. It is supported by
the highest levels of organized medicine and the
insurance industry and the only group I have
seen so far that has had any real success in
fighting it is Wilner and his crew. I have lost
incalculable opportunities due to the corruption
of judges, lawyers and most of all the medical
staff engaging in horrendous acts of fraud and
wish I had him helping me at the very beginning.
I spent more money in the first two months with
my lawyer than you will ever spend with Wilner
and Wilner will win for you. He has to. Wilner
works fast while your lawyer will drag it out
until you are dead and broke.
Wilner did not recommend a lawyer to me. He
helped me "extra-judicially". He can get access
and do things that your lawyer cannot.
Wilner is completely unconventional and because
of this the Nazis fear him. They have no fear
of your attorney and thus he has no negotiating
position. That is a fact you have to accept.
Wilner's network can incinerate sacred cows.
He has a database and can use the key media if
necessary. While your lawyer fritters away your
time this guy will win your case but as far as
your wife is concerned the network does not
reveal tactics because once that happens the
industry can develop a response.
I know it sounds a bit of alchemy but think
about it for a minute, by the time he validates
to your wife what he is going to do he might as
well publish it on the front page of the
You can either listen to your wife or you save
your butt. Ultimately Wilner uses some pretty
clever Nazi hunter techniques and this seems to
work because he is treating the right disease.
There are a thousand ways to solve your problem
but the wrong way is to fund some lawyer's rise
to social prominence by defending your
professional corpse as Brutus defended Caesar.
I pray this helps you.
Sunday, April 04, 2004 8:09AM
widow of a physician driven to suicide told me of your Center. I am
thrilled, as I am now unemployed and unemployable as a result of
character assassination and State Board malice.
I will call you Monday for more information and to join, but wanted to
send this after reading your web site, to let you know that you are a
beacon in the wilderness, a light of reassurance and a comfort simply by
I cannot tell you how eager I am to get involved, to join you, and to
plead for your help.
Thank you for enrolling me in the CPRJ's physician education
center. The volume of information contained in the program
was impressive. It was very educational and enlightening to
review the sixty landmark legal cases that involved and went
against "disruptive" physicians. I was floored by the case
summary suspensions and the catastrophic consequences they
cause. Most fascinating was how there seemed to be an
automatic presumption of psychiatric of substance abuse
problems in the physicians accused.
As physicians we deal with out peers as our " colleagues"
and assume they will understand our behavior. I now realize,
with the help your program and ability to effectively
communicate this information, that physicians must review
the peer review process as a legal one and not "grand
rounds". It is so important that physicians understand the
meaning of the work" disruptive" and how nurses and other
hospital staff apply it to our behavior with almost complete
Your program is complete and thorough in every way and I am
sure it is in no small part due to your passion for your
job. You are able to motivating and demanding or your
physicians, but in a funny and dynamic way. Most
importantly, I am certain that this program can improve
performance and patient care.
As CEO of the CPRJ you show a unique passion and attention
to physicians needs which makes a winning combination.
Again, thank you so much for the hard work you have done for
me and all of CPRJ's clients.
- Comments sent by California General
and Neurosurgeon - 7/22/04
proud of you I could shake you by your shoulders and give you a hug."
- "My thanks to Dr. Willner for taking so
much time to speak with me. I plan to inform my attorney that I would like
to obtain advice from your organization in order to put a stop to S.M.
Hospital from their repetitive career assassinations. They have their own
HMO, and if you do not "belong" to the chosen group then you are a target.
I've been threatened directly by the administrator to join their group or
he'll "drive me out of town." They also have one particular physician who
has sold his soul to S.M. Hospital and readily criticizes any and
all individuals whom he just does not like. The S.M. Hospital also has a
surgeon who is one of their HMO docs who is used to ruin the "outside"
surgeons....Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have enjoyed a
stellar career in surgery and have an impeccable reputation in community.
BUT, the hospital and their paid whores have tarnished it."
Whom it May Concern:
I am writing this to commend Richard Willner, president of the Center for
Peer Review Justice, Inc. In a very short period of time, he developed a plan and
approach that saved my professional career. If I had taken the approach
that I had in mind, I would have undeservedly though undoubtedly lost my
hospital privileges. Due to what I experienced of Richard Willner’s
passion, dedication, creativity, and keen intelligence - I recommend him to
all physicians in all the varieties and all stages of trouble that we can
find ourselves in. If Harriet Tubman can be called the Moses of African
Slaves, I think it is appropriate to call Richard Willner the Moses of
Sincerely, Annie Bukacek MD
- The Center for Peer Review Justice
quoted as a source by the
accomplishments on defending your clients is more than remarkable. It's
miraculous. But I know DAMN well it is the result of hard work, gritty
intelligence on your part and a creativity that defies your toughest
adversaries. Rich, they didn't know what they were up against...YOU.
Thank you for
listening to me and trying to help me. You are a very good
person, honest, sincere, trust worthy, over all a person who
really cares and says and does what is
practical/real/helping with open heart...no amount of money
can do that....I am so much grateful I met you and you are
Thank you DOC....
You are one of a kind...
June 6, 2004 - " Richard is my
hero." R.A, MD, JD
Author: Lydia H Grotti, MD, FCCP
Subject: Richard Willner and the Center for Peer Review Justice
Thank God for Richard Willner!
When I was at my lowest point in my
ongoing battle for the right to work in the field of my dreams,
that for which I trained for 6 years and in which I am board
certified, a voice came to me over the phone, telling me that I
am not alone in this farce that is called "disciplinary action
by the Board" or "peer review". He got me in touch with others
whom I could support and who could support me.
I was given renewed hope and will stand
tall for what is right and speak out for what is wrong. I will
remain a proponent of the patient's (and their surrogates')
right to make their own decision about their End of Life Care
and of the physician's duty to abide by that decision. I will
also remain a proponent of a patient's right to a dignified and
comfortable death, without fear, anxiety and/or pain. That is
the law and I followed the law, despite accusations to the
With the support of the Center, Richard
Willner and my lawyers, I am confident that justice (or some
semblance thereof) will prevail. If my accusers win, Critical
Care, End of Life Care (including Hospice Care) will be set back
decades and patients will once again SUFFER death.
"I admire your diligence and commitment to this very
important area. While you may not receive the thanks you obviously
deserve, I am certain that there is many a health professional who
has benefited from your dedication.
One day, all of us that are committed to this very important issue
where medicine and law converge will celebrate HCQIA's being
amended to mandate constitutional due process and move the burden
of persuasion from the physicians to the Hospitals. We are only
one Supreme Court case away.
Keep up the good work.
South Carolina Lawyer
(name available upon request)
Remember, great is your reward in heaven"
Sept 25, 2003 Post to Forum -
"The director of
the Sham Peer Review Organization, actually a podiatrist, has demonstrated
absolutely enormous accomplishments that are now changing the very face of
MD, DO, DDS and DPM peer review!"
Sept 26, 2003 Post to Forum
you are ever unfortunate enough to be exposed to a peer review situation,
you will thank God every day for the work and accomplishments of Richard
Before Rich got involved there was a media blackout on sham
peer review. HIPPA is not much different.
Now people are beginning to realize that institutional peer
review is another name for corporate pseudoscience and mis-accounting
practices. The future holds great promise for the Center and
its sincere and indefatigable founder, Rich Willner. I am
glad to be his friend. I can count on one hand how many
people i have met in life that have the same level of
commitment to a just and noble cause.
L. R. Bailey MD
I must agree with Dr. Snioff
(see below) about Rich and the CPRJ. Sadly
many of the lessons that are taught, there always seemed to
be something learned the hard way by those who refuse to
listen. It is difficult for physicians who are accustomed to
solving problems to accept that some problems cannot be
"solved". Society thinks that everything that everything can
be settled in court. That just absolutely is not true and
the courts seem to make things worse and definitely more
expensive!! If you are having peer review problems, listen
to Rich and pay lip service to the attorneys.
I wanted to comment about how invaluable is the Center for
Peer Review Justice(CPRJ).
In June 2000 the following dubious "review" by physicians,
non of whom were in my specialty, my employment was
terminated and my career amputated. There was little advice
of information anywhere. I was stunned and bewildered.
Some months later I became aware of Dr. Richard Willner and
then the fledging Center for Peer Review Justice. Rich had
become involved in the case or Dr. Brian Gale, a podiatrist
in North Dakota, and Rich was just beginning to learn the
Since then, he has devoted himself tirelessly, and at great
personal cost, to those unjustly wronged. As far as i am
aware, he has never refused advice or assistance, even
though he did this without payment. Over the years, Rich has
developed foremost knowledge asnd expertise of the whole
peer review process. I believe that he has become aware of
over 2,300 cases in the last three years, where the motives
ad performance of a peer review have malice, bias and
At present, the CPRJ has an impressive website (PeerReview.org),
with an expanding list of cases and opinions, as well as a
panel of legal experts who have extensive experience in
representing physicians who are victims of a sham peer
review. There is an evolving modus operandi on how to mount
a defense, as well as a campaign to expose the abuse of peer
review to a wide public.
I would urge any physician who is a victim of such abuse to
contact Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. I would
also urge any organization, such as the AAPS, to support the
Center financially, as Rich cannot continue to bear the cost
from his own pocket.
Date: February 01, 2002 11:54 PM
Author: Brian Gale (brian@BrianGale.com )
Subject: I have the scars of
a Sham Peer Review
I have been fighting a battle since 1993. Some say they would have
given up a long time ago. Others say I'm lucky that I still have my
home and my clinic although payments on everything are always late.
I've also been told that I'm lucky I've only spent about $500k or so
even though it translates into several million down the road.
Thanks to Rich Willner and a few other friends and relatives I'm
still alive and kicking. There are some extremely important rules
about going up against hospitals and boards; the faster someone
accepts them as fact, the better chance they have of prevailing.
Rich Willner is without a doubt the number one expert in the United
States on this subject. I know that's saying a lot but I have spent
hundreds of hours speaking to him and we have exchanged somewhere in
the range of thousands of emails.
He reads every case he can get his hands on and understands how the
evil system works. Most of our conversations lately have been about
people who are spending hundreds of thousands on lawyers who don't
have a clue what they're doing. When a lawyer calls Rich, Rich can
give them the legal cases they need to try to make a difference.
Rich is worth his weight in gold and then some when it comes to
someone who has been abused as some of us have. Just take a look at
www.briangale.com. The web site was Rich's idea. At first my wife
and I really hesitated because I was in the process of cashing in my
entire retirement (not that it was that big) as well as our kids
colleges savings, just to be able to pay some bills. Reluctantly we
went along with it and it has been given us a tremendous return on
our very small investment.
The web site literally neutralized a lot of the
"evil doers" as
President Bush calls them. There is no time to fight back and get on
the offensive because all of the shammed person's time is spent on
the defensive side.
I spent 8 years and now I have finally managed to have almost all of
the members of our state board that shammed me replaced. I did this
only with the help of Rich Willner.
For those of you who read this and are in a similar predicament;
join the Center for Peer Review Justice. It was the ONLY thing I did
in the past 8 years that saved me.
I'm not out of this mess yet but I'm in better shape now than I have
ever been. I understand the system and the players. Now I tell my
lawyer what he needs to do and how to handle things after Rich and I
have extensive discussions about it. My lawyer is still involved and
has the final say about what he will and won't do and everything
that is done is legal; whether the lawyer(s) know about it or not.
These people (shammers) take very little time to do one thing that
creates years of pain, suffering and nightmares for us and our
families. Depression is a given for all of us. At times we are
paralyzed emotionally and physically so we are too weak to fight
back. We try to hold our families together because they are the most
precious commodity we have and that takes so much time and energy
that there is nothing left.
Rich Willner has given me hope. He has been the "equalizer" for me.
Why did he get involved? Because he loves a challenge and he
couldn't believe that the things I posted publicly on another forum
could be true. When he did his own investigation a few years ago, he
began opening up the world of sham peer review.
As bad as things are and have been I still have many things to be
thankful for. I am alive, I have my health. For some reason I still
have my wife (many leave for obvious reasons) and little girls too.
Many of us who have been shammed are not as lucky as me. If I could
take all the pain my wife has endured away and put it inside me
because of what I have been put through I would gladly take it from
In simple terms the answer is networking and fighting back. Think of
it as the ultimate challenge of your life. There are no rules except
for the one's the shammers make up as they go. You have nothing to
lose because your (my) life has been destroyed professionally. Take
it on as if it becomes your only mission in life. "Take no
prisoners." You have to pull out every bit of passion you can muster
and keep pushing on.
The first step is to contact Rich AND do what he says; take his
advice. We have to begin aggressively helping each other. A huge
advantage that Rich gives us is that he can get a number of reviews
for anyone at any given time from authoritative leaders in the
specialty field of his choice. If anyone needs my help I'm
available. This is not a fight that can be won with just the lawyers
through the courts. That's what they want us to do is go through the
legal process. It doesn't cost them a penny while it breaks us and
Call me any time to talk or for advice.
Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS 701-255-3338 clinic 701-202-1885 cellular
suggest reasonable changes
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Medical Society our newest partner also on
- War on Doctors
- There has been a battle pursuing doctors for
years. Now it seems to be on all fronts
- Peer Review Solutions
addresses solutions for the problem
Student Loans - resource site
for those dealing with medical student loans
HCQIA - Health Care Quality Act -
Learn how it impacts your practice of medicine, and how it can be abused
The Disruptive Physician's Center
- Offers guidance and support to those who have
been labeled "disruptive"
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Electronic Frontier Foundation -
Federal Court Upholds Anonymous Speech on Internet
Institute for Safe Medical
Practices - follow for
discussion of medical errors
Defining the terms-- (more listed in
Members Only section)
Definition of Professional Misconduct
Peer Review Principals - general
concept of peer review- multi-disciplinary
Additional Definition of Professional Misconduct, Limited
(CA) Background Paper on Medical Peer
Review - defines "805
Requirements for the Dr Expert Witness
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Links for Legal Research - includes legal precedents
Heath Hippo: Quality Assurance
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Databank Lists of Medical Professionals
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Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline
- goes back 10 years with monthly summaries (note many of the physicians on these list live and worked in many states other than NY
- over 12,000 disciplined physicians are listed)
of State Boards - docinfo.org
National Practitioner Data Baset
Data Base Fact Sheet
GETTING A NEW JOB.
THERE IS A LOT OF EXTRA WORK NECESSARY TO
GET A NEW JOB AFTER A SHAM PEER REVIEW AND DATA BANKING. THE CENTER FOR PEER
REVIEW JUSTICE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU WITH HEADHUNTING, CREDENTIALING,
DATABANK REPAIR, GETTING MALPRACTICE INSURANCE OR A LOWER RATE, ETC.
If you have been
unfairly " please call our President at
504-621-1670. Perhaps there is action that you can take.
Note not all
cases listed below are CPRJ cases, but used as examples of the pervasiveness of
sham peer review... many of our clients have requested privacy
Dr. Brian Gale
(link to his website 2002)
- podiatrist in North Dakota. It's bad news when your
competition "owns" the State Board of your specialty. A Peer Review
Justice client that has his license back and is catching up on his bills.....he
also unseated most of the state board and changed the state
I have the scars of a sham peer review!
Dr. Philip J Leonard
- NEVER place a bottle of lidocaine or
keep a cell phone in your pants pocket. Info at
Transcripts from TSMBE
Temporary Suspension Hearing
- More Tales of bad faith or
"sham" peer review
- growing list...EPIDEMIC
"Peer Review Can Be
New sub-committees are being formed:
- OB - GYN's - most common peer reviewed
- General Surgery - 2nd most common
- Pain Specialists and Pain Clinics -
- Geographical issues - a number of state medical
boards are on the warpath - we have battle experience in many
states including Texas, California, Arizona, North Dakota,
Alabama, Louisiana, Alabama among others....
- Discriminatory Issues from healthcare regulation - if
a medical practitioner does not follow every mandated
regulation, not only will he/she not get paid but may have their
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