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Questions if local doctor charged with fraud attended medical school

Atiq Durrani (PHOTO: FOX19 File) Atiq Durrani (PHOTO: FOX19 File)
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A local doctor that fled the country after being accused of health fraud may not have gone to medical school prosecutors say.

According to emails exchanged between the prosecutor's office and Army Medical College in Pakistan, Dr. Atiq Durrani did not graduate from the college and was never registered as a student in the institution.

Durrani allegedly wrote on his resume that he attended Army Medical College from 1986-1991.

Durrani was arrested June 26, 2013, stemming from a federal complaint alleging that he convinced patients to undergo unnecessary spinal surgeries. He would then bill private and public healthcare benefit programs for the fraudulent services.

In December of 2013, Durrani fled the United States, possibly going back to Pakistan.

The doctor owned a private practice called Center for Advanced Spine Technologies with offices in Evendale and Florence. At the time of his arrest, local attorney Eric Deters also says Durrani previously practiced at West Chester/UC Health and Journey Lite.

"Any procedure that he did is inappropriate," said Deters.

FOX19 has talked with some patients who say Durrani helped them, but Deters emphasizes this is something the public needs to take seriously.

"The hope is that there would be an awareness that the medical community and the entire United States and of course the Tri-State that they would be more conscientious of checking out things and credentialing," said Deters.

The next Durrani trial is set for Feb. 9 at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

FOX19 NOW reached out to the Ohio Medical Board, but didn't hear back.

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