Eleven people reported the doctor. One informant reported that the doctor would “almost wind up” before slapping a patient.
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The report refers to Clarke as “Physician #1.”
It states that “'Physician #1" claimed he slapped patients only to check on their spinal anesthesia.
Even so, the report says, “All 11 staff indicated they had never seen another physician use the slap method to check the adequacy of a spinal and that Physician #1 did not slap all hip replacement patients.”
The case may result in legal action. The Onondaga County district attorney's office says it will investigate for any criminal conduct.
Clarke's lawyer said his client denies doing anything wrong but wouldn’t comment further.