A jury in Hammond, Ind.-based Lake Superior Court March 8 ruled in favor of Indian American cardiologist Dr. Arvind Gandhi and Munster, Ind.-based Community Hospital with respect to allegations the doctor unnecessarily implanted heart devices.
Plaintiff Ray Kammer, who alleged that in 2007 he was persuaded by Gandhi to have a cardiac defibrillator implanted, had been seeking more than $3 million in damages, according to an NWI Times report.
The plaintiff also claimed that the doctor did not have the proper training to perform the procedure, which was conducted at Community Hospital.
"We're pleased with the result. It took a long time but we think the jury made the right decision," said Edward Hearn, the attorney representing Community Hospital, according to the report.
The defense argued that Kammer was admitted with dangerously high blood pressure, his heart was enlarged, had decreased movement and was performing at 50 percent of normal functioning, the publication said.
After the implant was inserted, Kammer was discharged from the hospital diagnosed with malignant hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, morbid obesity, sleep apnea and primary cardiomyopathy, it said.
"A two-week trial can be a lot for the jury to work through, but they did a great job and clearly understood that the physician and the hospital were not at fault," Hearn said in the report.
Gandhi testified earlier in the trial, according to NWI, that "The family was there — I talked to all of them.” He added, "I showed my severe concern about his health” and explained to them that Kammer was at risk of "sudden cardiac death."
Gandhi is a graduate of St. Xavier College and the Seth G.S. Medical School where he earned a medical degree. He did his residency at Grant Hospital of Chicago and at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, as well as a Fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Center.
A recipient of Indiana and Illinois state medical licenses, Gandhi has been with the Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana since January 1981.
He has certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine’s internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the Indian American has been a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and received the Meaningful Use State 1 Certification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2012.