Munster cardiologist accused of implanting unnecessary devices

Ray Kammer and Gloria Sargent talk about their malpractice claims against Dr. Arvind Gandhi in May 2014. The trial in their action and that of another plaintiff have been delayed until 2018.

The first two trials against a Munster cardiologist accused of performing unnecessary heart procedures have been delayed until 2018.

Dr. Arvind Gandhi, who practiced for the former Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana and did surgeries at Munster Community Hospital, faces approximately 300 medical malpractice complaints from former patients who claim he implanted cardiac devices that weren't medically necessary to reap the financial benefits. Gandhi retired his medical license in 2014.

Raymond Kammer's lawsuit, the trial for which was to begin Monday, was continued to Feb. 26, 2018, at Lake County Superior Court in Hammond.

Gloria Sargent's lawsuit, which was originally scheduled to be tried last month, is now set to begin April 9, 2018, at the same courthouse.

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Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana and Community Hospital are also defendants in both suits. Both plaintiffs allege that other doctors told them the devices implanted by Gandhi were not needed.

Another lawsuit, filed by Sherri Sitko, has been transferred to Lake County Superior Court, but no trial has been scheduled.

In the Kammer case, the plaintiff's lawyers asked for a continuance to gather more evidence. In the Sargent case, it was the other way around.

Hundreds of other claims against Gandhi and his former practice and hospital have been filed with the Indiana Department of Insurance. About a half dozen have been heard by a medical review panel, which is writing opinions on them, while the remainder still have to go before the panel. Gandhi's former associates, Drs. Satyaprakash Makam and Wail Asfour, are also named in some of the complaints.

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Health Reporter

Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.