PG Hospital responds to doctor being sued for ‘violation of patient rights’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A doctor at Prince George’s Hospital is currently being sued by at least 10 women for violation of patient rights.

The Hospital has acknowledged that they did employ Dr. Charles J. Akoda during the time in question. The hospital has also said that he used a complex identity theft scheme.

The hospital released the following statement:

We are aware of the lawsuit filed on behalf of patients who may have received care from “Dr. Charles J. Akoda.” We intend to vigorously defend the lawsuit which is based on assumptions and accusations that he was not a trained, licensed medical professional.  That is not the case. 

Dr. “Akoda” is the identity used by a trained and licensed physician in the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology when he delivered his private patients at our facility.  

Dr. “Akoda” completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University in Washington, DC.  He demonstrated the breadth and depth of clinical competence expected of a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He underwent biannual evaluations of his clinical knowledge and surgical skills based on the fulfilling the Core Competencies of residency training.  Subsequent to completion of his residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. “Akoda” was Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2014.

Upon successful completion of his residency program, he applied for and was granted medical staff privileges at Prince George’s Hospital Center.  A background check performed by an outside source validated the social security number he provided.  Throughout the course of his clinical activity at PGHC, he underwent scheduled Focused Practice and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations which he completed successfully.

Dr. “Akoda” held physician’s licenses in good standing in the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are deeply committed to high quality patient care, delivered with compassion and an expectation of integrity from every member of our team. We are disappointed that our expectation of integrity was not met in the case of Dr. “Akoda” given his complex, sophisticated identity theft scheme. 

We are exploring many aspects of this case, researching records, and evaluating processes and procedures upon which we rely to validate information.  Several highly reliable agencies validated his credentials including the states in which he held medical licenses.  We continue to seek answers to our own questions regarding this matter. 

Thank you,
Jania Matthews, MPS
Senior Director, Media Relations & Corporate Communications
University of Maryland Capital Region Health

Dr. Akoda has plead guilty on similar charges in the past for ‘Misusing a Social Security Number to Fraudulently Obtain a Medical License’ you can read about his past dealings HERE.

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