Boston Medical surgeon fined for leaving operating room to eat in his car, then falling asleep and missing the procedure

Dr. Tony Tannoury, head of spine surgery, has been reprimanded by state regulators and fined $5,000.

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The Boston Medical Center campus. Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe, File

The longtime head of spine surgery at Boston Medical Center has been reprimanded by state regulators and fined $5,000 for leaving an operating room before the start of an emergency ankle surgery to go eat in his parked car, where he fell asleep and missed the procedure.

Dr. Tony Tannoury, 54, admitted that he woke up in his car that November night in 2016, called the teaching hospital and was told that a chief resident had performed the operation he was supposed to oversee, according to a consent order released Monday by the Board of Registration in Medicine. Tannoury didn’t return to the hospital until the following day.


In a recent ruling, the state Board of Registration in Medicine concluded that Tannoury, who was the attending surgeon for orthopedic trauma emergencies that night and had escorted the patient with the resident into the operating room, had “engaged in conduct that undermines the public confidence in the integrity of the medical profession.”

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