Cleveland Clinic reviewing work of former doctor accused of administering lethal doses of fentanyl

Photo of Dr. William Hussel (Mount Carmel West)

An Ohio doctor under investigation amid allegations that he ordered "excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in Columbus had previously worked at the Cleveland Clinic.

A statement from the Cleveland Clinic says the doctor was a supervised resident there from 2008 to 2013.

The Cleveland Clinic says it's conducting an investigation of his work. The statement also says it has multiple safeguards in place to protect patients from medication errors.

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The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System says it has fired the doctor identified as William Husel.

The announcement came after a family sued the doctor and the health system. Case records don't list an attorney to comment on Husel's behalf. There is no public personal phone listing for him.

Statement from Cleveland Clinic

“We just learned about the disturbing accusations against our former resident, Dr. William Husel, and take this matter very seriously. Currently, we are conducting a thorough investigation and internal review of his work while he was employed as a supervised resident from 2008 to 2013. Multiple safeguards are in place to protect patients from medication errors including electronic health record alerts, pharmacist reviews of all inpatient orders and routine controlled substance audits.”

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