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Dr. Steven A. Matzinger

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Phone: (312) ***-****  HQ Phone
American College of Surgeons
633 North St. Clair Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
United States

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Biology
    University of Toledo ( Ohio )
  • England studying Biochemistry and Physiology
    University of Salford
  • PhD.
  • M.D.
  • Ph.D. , Pathology
    Medical College of Ohio
  • medical degree
    Medical College of Ohio
  • Ph.D
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Newberry County Memorial Hospital - Physicians
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Steve Matzinger, M.D., Ph.D.Newberry County Memorial Hospital - Physicians
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Steven A. Matzinger, M.D., Ph.D. joined Dr. John Brown at Newberry Surgical Associates, P.A.
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Dr. Matzinger graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Toledo (Ohio) in Biology in 1989.During his undergraduate years, he spent a year at the University of Salford in England studying Biochemistry and Physiology.
He received his medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo in 1996, where he also earned a Ph.D. in Pathology.Dr. Matzinger served his internship and residency in General Surgery at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he served as Chief Resident in 2000-2001.
Dr. Matzinger is a member in theAmerican Society of General Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and the South Carolina Medical Association.
Dr. Matzinger and his wife, Michelle, live in Newberry.In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and motorcycle riding.
Steven A. Matzinger, M.D., Ph.D.
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Steven A. Matzinger, M.D., Ph.D. Newberry Surgical Associates, P.A.
Steven A. Matzinger, M.D., Ph.D. joined Dr. John Brown at Newberry Surgical Associates, P.A.
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Dr. Matzinger graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Toledo (Ohio) in Biology in 1989.During his undergraduate years, he spent a year at the University of Salford in England studying Biochemistry and Physiology.
He received his medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo in 1996, where he also earned a Ph.D. in Pathology.Dr. Matzinger served his internship and residency in General Surgery at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he served as Chief Resident in 2000-2001.
Dr. Matzinger is a member in the American Society of General Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and the South Carolina Medical Association.
Dr. Matzinger lives in Newberry.In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and motorcycle riding.He also enjoys his NASCAR.
STEVEN A. MATZINGER, M.D., Ph.D.
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Steven A. Matzinger (1997)Medical College of Ohio
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Steven A. Matzinger, Bin Chen, Yian Wang, Keith A. Crist, Gary D. Stoner, Gary J. Kelloff, Ronald A. Lubet, and Ming You. (1997)
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Steven A. Matzinger, Keith A. Crist, Gary D. Stoner, Marshall W. Anderson, Michael A. Pereira, Vernon E. Steele, Gary J. Kelloff, Ronald A. Lubet and Ming You. (1995)
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Steven A. Matzinger, William T. Gunning, Ming You, and Andre Castonguay (1994)
In August 2006, Dr. Steven A. ...
www.gsabusiness.com, 13 Sept 2013 [cached]
In August 2006, Dr. Steven A. Matzinger used cocaine for the first time, snorting the drug through a straw while on a hunting trip.
“I was with a friend,†Matzinger said, according to a 2012 deposition. “We were going hunting in the evening, and I was going to sit out on a deer stand, and I took a hit.â€
Matzinger’s drug use and medical practice continued for months, eventually leading to an investigation by the S.C. Board of Medical Examiners, which issued an order against Matzinger two years after investigators spoke with him. The board fined him but didn’t take his medical license, and Matzinger now practices in Myrtle Beach.
His case is one of hundreds that have come before the state medical board, and his story is told through malpractice lawsuits, a 65-page deposition, affidavits and other court documents.
They show a doctor who abused cocaine, had run-ins with co-workers and faced several malpractice lawsuits. One colleague refused to provide medical care for Matzinger’s patients because of liability reasons, and other colleagues said they wouldn’t allow Matzinger to operate on them or their family members.
Matzinger, meanwhile, said that he never came to work high and that his drug use didn’t affect his ability to practice medicine.
In some cases, medical professionals have kept their licenses after abusing drugs, having sex with patients, botching operations, leaving surgery while patients are sedated and performing operations on incorrect limbs.
A search of state arrest records did not show Matzinger has ever been arrested for his drug use.  Matzinger didn’t respond to phone messages.
“I would say that I abused cocaine,†Matzinger said in the 2012 deposition, adding the drug use didn’t detract from his abilities as a surgeon. Later, he added: “I think what a physician or any person does in their personal time, as long as it’s not affecting their work, is really none of my business as a person or a patient. I think there’s numerous examples of individuals that have trying issues in their personal life that they don’t allow to enter their professional life. And I feel that I was an upstanding and good surgeon then, and I feel that I’m an upstanding and good surgeon now.â€
Matzinger attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine and graduated in 1996. He became chief surgical resident at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh after graduation, working there until 2001 and winning two teaching awards in his final two years there. His specialty is general surgery, and he is certified by the American Board of Surgery. After his residency, Matzinger moved to Newberry and began practicing at Newberry Surgical Associates and Newberry County Memorial Hospital. While there, he was sued for sexual harassment and medical malpractice.
From 2003 through 2004, Jessica Smith worked with Matzinger, who â€" according to a lawsuit filed in Newberry County in 2007 â€" subjected her to “sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.†The lawsuit was eventually settled for an undisclosed sum.
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Matzinger denied the allegations.
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An item needed for surgery wasn’t present, and Matzinger left and went to his office for about 30 minutes.
In the deposition, Matzinger said he left the surgery because he had to see another patient who had a mass on her breast and had been rescheduled twice.
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Later in 2006, Matzinger began using cocaine, according to his deposition. “It was infrequent at first and started to become more frequent to the point where I was doing a couple times a week,†Matzinger said in the deposition.
Meanwhile, Matzinger continued to operate on patients, performing nearly 1,000 cases per year.
In the months after his drug use began, Matzinger removed gallbladders from two patients: an 11-year-old and a 12-year-old. The two surgeries led to lawsuits filed in 2013, and the cases are pending. Both children, now teenagers, consulted Matzinger for abdominal pain, and Matzinger diagnosed them with “chronic cholecystitis,†recommending surgery to remove their gallbladders.
Ultrasounds performed prior to the surgeries didn’t show any issues with either patient’s gallbladder, according to the lawsuit, and after the surgeries, tests showed both patients’ gallbladders were normal and did not have cholecystitis, inflammation or obstruction.
“The gallbladder removal surgery performed by Matzinger ... was unnecessary,†according to one of the lawsuits, which added that the patients both experienced digestive problems after surgery.
The lawsuits also argue that Matzinger failed to advise the patients of alternative treatments, such as dietary changes, that could potentially resolve their pain.
After Matzinger’s cocaine use started, colleagues starting noticing symptoms of drug abuse, according to affidavits filed as part of a lawsuit against Matzinger over an unsuccessful hernia surgery in April 2007. The parties settled the lawsuit in May.
“Dr. Matzinger regularly and habitually outwardly exhibited the physical and behavioral signs of substance abuse,†said Dr. Kevin W. Davis, who worked with Matzinger in Newberry, in an affidavit. Matzinger regularly and habitually outwardly exhibited the physical and behavioral signs of substance abuse,†said Dr. Kevin W. Davis, who worked with Matzinger in Newberry, in an affidavit.
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In an affidavit, Margaret Biviano said: “Based upon Dr. Matzinger’s outward display of the signs of substance abuse, the staff in the medical surgical unit at NCMH discussed the fact that they would not allow Dr. Matzinger to operate on them or their family members.â€
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By 2007, the state medical board began investigating Matzinger. At this point in time, Matzinger was performing chest surgeries, vascular surgeries, abdominal surgeries, hernia surgeries, thyroid operations and carotid operations, among others.
In February 2007, an investigator with the medical board interviewed Matzinger in his office and recommended he enroll in rehab.
Matzinger was still using cocaine, and he would continue to do so until March 30, 2007, according to his 2012 deposition.
“I think she was trying to say, ‘You know, we know you’re in trouble, and you should seek help,’ †Matzinger said in the deposition. “I didn’t.
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Matzinger finished his treatment, and in 2008, he began working at Baptist Easley Hospital. There, he performed an operation that also led to a lawsuit.
In July 2008, Matzinger removed a patient’s gallbladder. The patient wasn’t doing well after the procedure and about two weeks later died from an infection, according to a lawsuit filed in Pickens County against Matzinger and four other doctors who treated the patient. The case was settled in 2012.
Matzinger later moved to Myrtle Beach and began practicing at Grand Strand Surgical Specialists, where he still practices â€" and where he has faced another malpractice lawsuit. In 2011, one in 100 South Carolina doctors was sued for medical malpractice.
In January 2009, during a gallbladder surgery, Matzinger severed the patient’s common bile duct and then switched from a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery to an open procedure to try to repair the damage. The procedure was supposed to be an outpatient surgery, but the patient remained in the hospital for six days. In 2011, the patient sued for damages in excess of $100,000; in 2012, Matzinger and the patient settled the case for an undisclosed sum.
A few months after that surgery â€" and two years after an investigator first spoke with Matzinger â€" the state medical board filed its final order against Matzinger for using cocaine and leaving a patient during an operation. The board fined him $5,000, required him to continue his enrollment in the Recovering Professional Program and suspended his license â€" but stayed the suspension as long as Matzinger paid the fine and administrative costs.
“I had enrolled in RPP in June of 2007 and went through some steps with them,†Matzinger said in the deposition. “I thought things with the board were over with. I was kind of shocked to hear from them in the early part of 2009.â€
After the medical board released its order, Matzinger voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
He kept his license in South Carolina.
Newberry County Memorial Hospital : Chemo
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Newberry County Memorial Hospital - Physicians
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