VA Doctor John Sturman Jr

Benjamin KrauseReports show a recently hired VA doctor was subsequently arrested and charged with 16 felony counts and multiple homicides from reckless prescriptive practices over numerous years.

That doctor was ironically hired to be the Chief of Opiate Safety at Danville VA in Illinois.

SHAMED VA DOCTOR

In April 2015, VA hired Dr. John K. Sturman Jr. after his reckless prescriptive practices resulted in the deaths of possibly up to 35 patients. By August, Dr. Sturman was hauled out of VA in handcuffs and charged with three counts of homicide and 16 other felonies.

VA failed to inform 96 of the veterans treated by Dr. Sturman of the prior disciplinary problems of their doctor despite at least one veteran coming forward with problems. The doctor was supposed to treat his pain but failed while also turning him into an addict.

So how did VA miss all the warning signs before hiring him?

Dr. Sturman was listed in the LA Times’ “Bad Docs” section in 2003. He was reprimanded in California for use of opiates at the time. Indiana revoked his privileges in 2012 after 15 patients died of overdose or toxicity within one month of receiving treatment from Dr. Sturman. Papers related to the charges said Dr. Sturman “recklessly killed another human… by writing and/or issuing prescriptions.”

Did VA think to Google Dr. Sturman before hiring him to implement its “Opioid Safety Initiative”?

One doctor who reviewed the record concluded the following:

“Sturman demonstrates willful blindness with the continued prescriptive use of high dose methadone… There is no evidence that Dr. John Sturman considered psychiatric or substance abuse counseling as part of the treatment plan. The treatment plan is entirely opiate centric.”

Sound familiar?

In 2009, Dr. David Houlihan ascended the ranks at Tomah VA in Wisconsin. That facility quickly developed a reputation for handing out opioids in a careless and dangerous manner. Dr. Sturman makes Dr. Houlihan look like Mother Teresa.

Source: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/05/va-chief-of-opiate-safety-charged-in-drug-deaths-of-three/

Don Avant

Holy crap…Can it get any WORSE?

namnibor

How many more “Kevorkians” does the VA still employ? Does anyone actually even READ these Dr.’s Vitae AND thorough background checks before hiring them at the VA?
Does the VA have some “Transition From Prison/Work At VA Program”? Do they advertise on the Dark Web or Craigslist under category, “Mad Scientist”?

WTF? And the VA loves to boast they “attract the very best…”. 🙂 Best of what?!

namnibor

Or….do they advertise in this article’s case, on Craiglist under category, “Chester The Molester”? That mug shot says enough. Wonder what’s buried in his basement?

T
My third PCP back before my transferring care from a CBOC was a retired freak MD from the prison system. And talked to us like prisoners with no rights or to have the right to know our own bodies, or what actually helps us. Oh, and there is no such thing as chronic pain. I have had so many primaries and kinds of them I can’t remember them all they change and quit so often during the year. Then to… Read more »
PJ

The PHX psyche my deceased spouse saw kept a wall-size mural of a grave-yard in his VA office. tombstones w/ Celtic crosses. In bold letter over the graveyard was written…May the ShitBag be w/ You!
ShitBag is a Fictitious name, but very close to actual Dr. name used. It is time to take out the White Coat homicidal, sadist-killers!

crazy elf
Sturman was the pain management physician who was arrested by local law enforcement in July 2015 at the Illiana, Illinois VAMC. He was subsequently extradited back to Indiana on three counts of taking people’s lives. My “Real Close Brother” (“Brother’s in Arms – Vietnam) who lives in Illinois called me when he saw the news articles. If I’m not mistaken, there’s a Representative asking VA about it’s “hiring practices” because of this! I put the first news article concerning this… Read more »
crazy elf

Correction:
It was August 2015 when Sturman was “lead out in handcuffs while attending a meeting!”

crazy elf
To all. When I “click” onto Ben’s “source”, I get ; 4.0.4. Page not found So I googled; “VA chief of opiate safety charged in drug deaths of three” It is from “The Daily Caller”. There’s additional info of what was occuring at the “Illiana VAMC”! One thing, which I found interesting, was the head person, who rarely showed up for work, was basically allowed to retire, because of this issue, with a six (6) figure payout of taxpayers monies!… Read more »
Don Avant

Wonder if some of his income wasn’t under the table in payment for bogus scrips? Just saying…

crazy elf
Off today’s topic. Yet, y’all need to read what Obama’s administration has (NOT) done in “Keeping America Safe!” It’s from “Judicial Watch”. Titled; “Judicial Watch: Homeland Security Records Reveal Officials Ordered Terrorists Watch List Scrubbed” The “terrorists” who murdered the many innocent people in San Bernardino WERE on that list! So were around 1000 others. But, evidently Obama didn’t see the need for Homeland Security to continue to investigate them. WHY might you ask? Because it might interfere with their… Read more »
Vic
The VA’s recruiting program for doctors makes it impossible to file an official complaint against a doctor, specifically for doctors woking out of their state of licensure. The licensing state will not take complaints, and the state they practice in has no authority to pursue an investigation. I’m talking to a state representative, and for now they are saying it’s a federal issue. If it is a federal issue, who do we take our concern to? In my case, I… Read more »
PJ

Vic call me for details on National Cemetary

Vic

Call you? About cemetery? dadsprivateine at hot

91Veteran

The VA does not even follow that. The Ortho doc who did my knee replacement surgery had been sued for malpractice in Missouri, and the restrictions on his license required he be supervised while practicing. The VA has him supervising a PA.

91Veteran
That is a very interesting link, and explains why it is so easy for quack doctors to move to other states. A doctor must be licensed in one state, and with every move to any other VA, their privileging process is streamlined. If you do a search on “VA career credential”, it brings up your link along with VHA directives on credentialing. I suggest from reading that Directive that it is not being followed, particularly regarding malpractice. If that were… Read more »
James

The VA probably read the article.knew his past records and said perfect fit. !

How many other veterans that seek mental health are harmed?

Knowing that others look at veterans with PTSD. As crazy people and they can abuse them at will !

I never wanted to believe that employees were capable of killing veterans.by over dosing them !

Really.really scary !

Don Avant

RE: The VA probably read the article.knew his past records and said perfect fit.

TRUE DAT…

PJ

This is a serious inquiry for anyone who knows of vets, who died in PHX during 2009-2010 receiving care OR denied care at PHX VA? Also were these Vets receiving ‘psyche’ treatment…?

Kirk R

“Jesse Ventura: I’ll Run for President if Bernie Sanders Loses”

The former governor of Minnesota likes Trump and Sanders, but says he will get in the race by June if Hillary wins the Democratic nomination.

“http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/29/jesse-ventura-i-ll-run-for-president-if-bernie-loses.html”

crazy elf
@Kirk R I like this idea. Did you know Jessie Ventura WAS the only Govenor to get his state out of debt! Fact!!!! And I like his “attitude” towards ALL the “DemoCRIPS” and “RepuboBLOODS”! He even apologized to the CRIPS & BLOODS “…for taking their names in vain! He says there’s NO difference between the two parties anymore! I agree 100% with that statement! Their all on the “take”, or “hook”, from someone or some large corporation! Also, If he… Read more »
Don Avant

So…Lemme get this straight…You want a multi-millionaire with a bad hairdo and a retired wrestler for pres and vice-pres? Bet you probably think WWF is real…LOL

crazy elf
@Don Avant No, actually I’m looking at two very intelligent individuals. You can kid yourself about Mr. Trump all you want. Don’t fall for all the negative ads about him. I’ve personally met individuals, men and WOMEN, who’ve worked for him over the years. Not one person, has had a harsh word about his Work Ethics, Trade Deals or anything else for that matter. My wife has met, and became friends with a lady here in Florida who had a… Read more »
crazy elf
Since this is on everyone’s mind, and it has to do with “illegal drug prescribing”. I’d really like to know what’s being done to Dr. Barbara Temeck, and the others, in Cincinnati?! I wonder how McDonald and Gibson are going to “spin” this?! Seems to me we got lots of physicians getting away with Bullcrap all over the VA system! Come on Miller, and the rest of you yella bellied politicians, do your freakin job! Put a bunch of asswipes… Read more »
Kirk R
Hey Crazy Elf, I have been looking into what happed with her in Chicago, Missouri, South Carolina and Ohio. Clearly there is much more to her story then meets the eye. Most of what has happed at each location was caused by Dr. Charles H. Andrus. I can say that clearly what happened at Missouri and South Carolina were caused by Dr. Andrus in retaliation for her removing him from the position of Chief of Surgical Services at Hines. She… Read more »
namnibor
NONE of which you mentioned explains away nor makes excuses for her prescribing opiates/controlled RX’s ON AN EXPIRED LICENSE TO DO SO!!!!! How the HELL can THAT be the cause of some disgruntled M.D.??? It cannot! She either wrote an illegal RX or she did not–nobody was twisting her arm to prescribe the Director’s wife those meds…and furthermore, ANY M.D. should be well aware of their licensing and legalities involved. Sounds like excuses are being made for her blatant ignoring… Read more »
crazy elf

@Kirk R
That still doesn’t explain why she wrote prescriptions for that Directors wife! Or why she was being paid 6 fiqures (basically “double dipping) for a “surgical position” that she wasn’t performing!
I think if the “investigative journalists” dig a little deeper. We are going to see a lot more dirt come up on the Cincinnati VAMC AND VARO!

namnibor
@crazyelf- I also think the same thing but even on a larger scale…that particular VISN that includes the Indy VAMC/RO…there’s a story to be found about many reported VA Appointed Fiduciaries in that same “Network or Region”…and WHY exactly is the VA Facilities in Illinois, in particular, often caught-up in VA scandals? Do not forget about that Quincy, IL, VA Assisted Living Facility where no less than a DOZEN Vets died of Legionnaires Disease and 50 additional Infected Vets, as… Read more »
crazy elf

@namnibor
Let’s not forget the OIG report(s) they were sitting on for months or possibly years!
The only one to come out so far, (late feb. 2016), was on Florida! I put the article on one Ben’s Blogs within the past few days.
How will McDonald and Gibson respond on ALL the corruption which is VA in the coming months?
I think their going to have a very hard time explaining the corruption this time!

namnibor
@crazyelf- Unless Sloan Gibson “redefined” what corruption means to the VA. You never know. So easy for them to do as long as the Congressional VA Committees remain asleep at the wheel. Oh…and the POTUS obviously could care less. I am thinking after Obama leaves office, MANY positions will have to be “cleaned-up”…just look what’s happened to our Secret Service and DOJ? I am wondering if they will have to “evict” Obama’s Mother-In-Law, whom has been living with them at… Read more »
Kirk R
Naminbor, Crazy Elf, Like both of you I believe she broke the law and needs to pay the full price for her actions. Firing her is not enough she also needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law. I do not mean getting probation real prison time. Also the real truly evil monster, Dr. Charles H. Andrus, I am trying to draw attention to in my comment needs to be locked away permanently or given the death… Read more »
91Veteran
Every time I ever get the chance, I will speak about and request Congress pass legislation requiring VA providers to be overseen by state medical licensure boards in the state they are practicing in. Clearly the VA doesn’t give a damn about the quality of any provider they hire, and clearly they don’t give a damn about investigating any of the quacks treating veterans. This must be stopped, and the only way to stop this is allowing a veteran to… Read more »
namnibor

“VETS Act”
I like that name. It fulfills the VA’s love of acronyms as well.

Khym Christensen
My father 89 year old veteran was being seen at a outreach clinic in North Bend Or. He kept complaining not feeling well, they refuse to do walk ins, it takes weeks to get him in to be seen..our nearest VA hospital is 2 hours away. Last year we ended up taking him to the ER in Roseburg because he was Told by his VA PRIMARY Dr. At the clinic That “his next appt. Would be in a year”?? Come… Read more »
Dennis Parker

VA Roseburg and VISN 20 will without a doubt grab attention when their practices come to light. It is outrageous in the extreme and it is disintegrating.

arnieandcaroline13

Does any Veteran know if a Veteran sued a Veteran Primary Care Doctor for Medical Negligence that works for a Veteran Medical Center can the Veteran Primary Care Doctor sued thei Veteran that sueing the Veteran Primary Care Doctor. Please reply back. …Thanks….Semper Fi.

anglersd

LOL, I don’t know if anyone can answer that cause it doesn’t make any sense!

Kirk R

Do you mean can a VA Doctor file a counter claim?

arnieandcaroline13

Yes can a Veteran Primary Care Doctor can counterclaim a Veteran for Malpractice. Please reply back…..Thanks

Kirk R

Sorry but I am not sure. Maybe if you hit the contact link on the left and ask Ben. I am sure that he would know.

Dennis Parker
My VHA psychiatrist started prescribing me 180 mg day of morphine and 40 mg day hydrocodone to stabilize my mental health. I gladly gobbled the poison. He used a secure VHA prescription drug tablet to write scripts for me to take into the community to buy morphune at my expense. I am 100% sc. I hope somebody FOIA requests VHA to see how many VA secure script tablets have been consumed by VHA mental health. A event report I posted… Read more »
Kirk R

No Dennis not a isolated incident. Your Doc put your life and welfare at very serious risk and should have been prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law.

You should read the report that I linked to further down in the comment sections. It show that in fact it is not an isolated incident and how the IG just covered it up.

Dennis Parker
It is beyond that. On my blog I posted the criminal report I obtained via FOIA about them passing out potent mental health drugs on the street to me. When ?I called VHA Washington, D.C., the man said to me about it, ” I hope you are used to wearing handcuffs because if you accepted those drugs you committed a felony. Now, would you like to continue?” I hung up. I freaked out. The report is on my blog and… Read more »
Kirk R

Dennis we have talked before and I have been to your website and read the report. Your doc needs to be prosecuted. Also the cover-up needs to be investigated and those involved need to lose their jobs and also prosecuted.

Go Fuckyourself

You belong in prison, you tinfoil hat wearing drug addict. Don’t like the pills? Then don’t take them. That must be magic, huh? Get off the internet and go outside, idiot…

arnieandcaroline13

WOW I DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD SWEAR ON HERE BUT I HAVE TO SAY I DO SWEAR BUT NOT ON HERE IDIOT SOUNDS BETTER.

Dennis Parker
It turns out that when I called DC VA to report the clinic distributing drugs on the street to me that the DC rep from Veterans Administration said the same thing; he said by accepting those drugs I committed a crime. Your words mirror the official VA representatives words to me when I called as a concerned citizen to report the drug crime. Your words speak of a certain style of problem solving is out of my league, but generally… Read more »
James

Same to you

Robin Mitchell

Don’t Worry Crazy Elf a story on Stephens and the Indy VBA is not far off. I promised a congressman I would not post on it until he does his thing. If Ben wants the exclusive he has my email.

crazy elf

@Robin Mitchell
Can’t wait for it to happen! I hope they all get what they deserve!
I hope Ben does a fantastic job writing up an expose of the corruption which is VA against your husband!

Timothy
I am at 4 most days, and I told them from start, I don’t want that junk. Tramadol will take edge off enough with ibuprofen and Anti-inflammation. Just to addictive and takes people down dark road. Besides they just charged me for medication and a few visits as I am only 40% apparently you must be 50% to get free care they told I got in 1986, But they charged me for services from 2012? I have not worked since… Read more »
handcannon72vet

This “Dude” Aka Doctor LOOKS Like a Junky! Almost in Withdraw. Look at those bags under his eyes. Years of “Chasing the Dragon” I`d check him for “Track marks” Mainlining the Clean Heroin (At no cost) Excuse me, I should say at Taxpayer Expense Aka Obama`s “Free”.

Bruce Wallace
Follow the money trail that intersects with the multi-billion dollar organ harvesting sales business, and compare this case to the Redding, California case where a major civilian hospital doctor there, in collusion with the Redding VA Emergency Room and Medical Center Clinic. Several medical malpractice lawsuits and multiple felony charges and the criminal arrest of the Redding Hospital doctor followed an investigation of many mysteriously unnecessary heart surgeries on patients including veterans and their spouses: Unsuspecting Emergency Room patients at… Read more »
Berta Simmons

If any vet here (or their surviving spouse) believes they were harmed or killed by this guy,via his VA health care practices, by all means come to http://www.hadit.com ,join, tell us what happened and I will help you either FTCA or Section 1151 those bastards.
You will need proof from your VA meds recs of negligence and proof of resulting additional disability (or death) due directly to the malpractice.

PJ

The crimes committed by the VA against Vet family members is a well-kept secret. It is time to bring it to light and expose the perps!

T
Interesting stuff, sadly. Media has swept information to protect the evils of selling organs and etc., under the carpet before. I remember years back on the East coast some religious cults to including a mayor was caught dealing with the organ trade and not much more was heard about it, while sentencing seemed light like a slap on the hands. I guess the wealthy in New York and Washington DC need the parts, and it all pays well. I thought… Read more »
James
Bruce.the disruptive committee is a very dangerous committee and it is used to punish veterans for what ever reason and must be addressed! They act as a judiciary component of our government ! The VA has no authority to deny veterans of their civil and constitutional rights! They are the accuser judge and jury and prosicuter ! A win win for VA employees and the disruptive committee. But not for the veterans.their civil and constitutional rights are taken away and… Read more »
Randy

I would like if we could do a million Veterans March on Washington. We are complaining on these sites and that’s great but more is need,.

Dennis Parker
It won’t work brother. The union would without any question whatsoever make plants into,that million man march that portrayed us all as crazed lunatics (at best). With one plant they could grab regional news. With 3 well placed actors the union, whom out battle is really against, would easily demonstrate the need to shackle veterans and toss us into mental health wards. Let me tell you what you can do that they will fear and loathe far more than one… Read more »
James

It would work ! The speaker will tell all people through the news.that anyone breaking the law or causing a disturbance will be removed and charges placed upon them.

It will work !

Frank Calderon
Dear Mr. Krause: As far as the Doctor’s union in protecting these criminal doctors in Redding and other VA hospitals throughout the U.S. can’t the union be treated and tried as accessory to murder knowing what these doctors are doing, and yet protecting them? They should be just as any criminal syndicate, like the mafia was in the early 1930’s; they should be just as though they themselves prescribed the deadly dose in case of drugs, oir performed the experimental… Read more »
Go Fuckyourself

Absolute dog shit society we live in and it is horseshit to charge him with anyones death or make outlandish claims he turned anyone into an “addict” those pieces of shit did that to themselves.

Arnold Cabral

ARE YOU SAYING THAT TO ME

Arnold Cabral

Are you talking to me Go Fuckyourself are you saying that to me if you are a Veteran i would give you office hours.

Charles Neuneker
It seems I have a better chance of a longer life by self medicating with things like urine therapy and such. I’m glad to have a computer to do research about drugs, therapy and other information. I was not aware of so much skulduggery going on with the VA. Thinking about cancelling my appointment for an Endoscopy because they put you asleep for it. I’ve had two of them over the last few years, I get this medical treatment at… Read more »
Dennis Parker

I a, sure the guy arrested seemed very nice to the people he handed the drugs to.

James
I have heard that since all of this going on about VA drugs, That they are now bringing in veterans who require sleep medication for those for nightmare medication and taking them off the Veterans and doing away with their medication. The VA through trial and error, finely have me on medication, where I can sleep and when I wake up I don’t remember what I was dreaming and that to me is great, because some of those dreams are… Read more »
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