Feds: Illinois doctor pushed for faked heart tests

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials say a suburban Chicago doctor engaged in misconduct by directing others to falsify results of a heart test to get patients into a medical study.

The findings on Dr. Parag Patel were published Tuesday in the Federal Register. Patel is a cardiologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

An investigation by the hospital and the federal Office of Research Integrity found Patel pressured trainees to fabricate scores and asked doctors to retest patients so they'd qualify for a study.

Patel agreed in a settlement to have his research supervised for two years. He admitted no wrongdoing. He didn't immediately respond to a phone message requesting comment.

Advocate Health released a statement saying the settlement's terms prohibit detailed comment on the matter.

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Online:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/03/18/2014-05921/findings-of-research-misconduct

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