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Parkland hospital whistleblower finally reveals all: A dangerous emergency room's politics

Parkland hospital whistleblower finally reveals all: A dangerous emergency room's politics

Larry Gentilello
CultureMap Dallas' managing editor Claire St. Amant examines Dr. Larry Gentilello's rise from obscurity to the heights of academic medicine — and his subsequent fall from grace following his complaints against Parkland. Photo by Marissa Rocke Photography

Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern was launched into national scrutiny in 2007, following a slew of lawsuits filed by the hospital's former distinguished chair in surgery for trauma and critical care, Dr. Larry Gentilello. In 2011, the federal government issued a warning, saying that the hospital — one of the largest in the United States — posed "a serious threat to patient health and safety."

But there's much more to this story that's never been told. It goes to the heart of medicine in the U.S. and potentially poses implications far beyond just Dallas.

Award-winning journalist and CultureMap Dallas managing editor Claire St. Amant examines Gentilello's rise from obscurity to the heights of academic medicine — and his subsequent fall from grace following his complaints against Parkland in an exclusive four-part series that shows how a medical whistleblower can be treated.

Chief among Gentillelo's complaints are allegations of billing fraud and patient endangerment due to improper resident supervision in the Parkland emergency room, which Gentilello says he witnessed between 2003 and 2008.

Gentilello speaks publicly for the first time in this four-part series, which St. Amant spent five months researching and writing. The series posted on our new sister site CultureMap Dallas:

The untold story of the Parkland whistleblower: Dr. Larry Gentilello’s meteoric rise

Part II : Dr. Larry Gentilello’s formative years

Part III: Peeking behind the hospital’s curtain

Part IV: Dr. Larry Gentilello’s crash and burn