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Fraud Alert | R K School of Endoskills | Dr. Rini Kuruvilla | Dr. Rahul Pandey
Hospital / Dec 31st, 2022 4:15 am     A+ | a-

World Laparoscopy Hospital Warning against fraudulent training programs.
We want to warn surgeons and gynecologists in India and abroad against fraud going on.

1. Some fraudsters are using the name of World Laparoscopy Hospital and its employees to solicit laparoscopic training applications and require the training seekers/applicants to pay processing fees or deposit amounts, by sending false e-mails or by making fraudulent telephone calls. We request you not respond to these calls/emails.

2. It has been brought to our notice that one of our old OT assistants Dr. Rahul Pandey is claiming to be trained at World Laparoscopy Hospital and claiming himself as a faculty of laparoscopic Surgery. 

3. Dr, Rahul Pandey is Nepali Citizen who claims to be a laparoscopic surgeon (A complaint has been filed against him to Nepal Medical Council). Click See his name as the laparoscopic course Director which they have posted on Facebook.

4. Dr. Rahul Pandey who was working as an OT assistant has stolen many laparoscopic documents, laparoscopic PowerPoints, Laparoscopic Surgical Videos, and other study materials from World Laparoscopy Hospital and claimed and fooled others that this is his work. (Case is filed against him for this act).

5. Dr. Rini Kuruvilla who is also falsely claiming associated with World Laparoscopy Hospital

6. Dr. Rini Kuruvilla was admitted as a Master's student but she did not complete her degree she could not finish University assigned thesis for her research at University from World Laparoscopy Hospital.

7. Dr. Rini Kuruvilla together with Dr. Rahul Pandey is offering Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery course which is totally illegal and does not have any recognition by any association or any university and they have zero experience of performing laparoscopic surgery.

8. Dr. Rini Kuruvilla is claiming herself a faculty of World Laparoscopy Hospital with vast experience in doing laparoscopic surgery at our institute, which is totally wrong.

9. It has been brought to our notice by one of the participants that Dr. Rini Kuruvilla and Dr. Rahul Pandey are selling laparoscopic study materials, videos, and PowerPoints of World Laparoscopy Hospital as their own work.

10. Fellowship fraud is a sophisticated scam offering fake training opportunities to surgeons and gynecologists. This type of fraud is normally carried out through online services such as false websites, or through fake e-mails claiming to be from the World Laparoscopy Hospital. The fraudsters often request recipients to provide personal information and to make payments as part of their fake training process.

Beware of fraudsters spoofing the World Laparoscopy Hospital domain id to send fraudulent emails/offers. If you believe you have been a victim of training fraud, you are requested to approach law enforcement agencies immediately.

In a society that has almost normalized the practice of corruption, is it surprising that we are hearing the never-ending tales of scams in the educational sector? Yet, despite this routinization of corruption and even its societal acceptance, when we find a Dr. Like Dr. Rahul involved in selling fake degrees it becomes difficult to remain silent. The reason for this anguish is that if we continue to destroy the realm of medical education and devalue the vocation of laparoscopic teaching, none can save our innocent patients and activate the creative potential of really skilled surgeons and gynecologists. In the process of worshipping money, or celebrating the newly emergent ‘heroes’ techno-managers and fraud traders as educationists, and politicians as agents of the corporate elite. People who can not even MBBS are claiming themself as teachers. A lady who has never operated on any patient is a professor. We have almost forgotten that a society that has lost its teachers, the carriers of the illuminating light of medical education, is already dead.
Kindly write an email requesting the validation of a Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery, training certificates CME certificate, etc. to with the scanned copy of the document attached.

Dr. Srilata
Dec 31st, 2022 5:14 am
I received a fake letterhead from World Laparoscopy Hospital that send emails impersonating the faculty of World Laparoscopy Hospital and luring people with fictitious offers of Fellowship in Minimal access Surgery.
Dr Krishna Mohan
Jan 1st, 2023 5:07 am
Strange! People can do scams of laparoscopic training also. I don’t know how to deal with these people. Legal action should be taken against them.
Dr Balachandran Prem Kumar
Jan 1st, 2023 7:28 am
Oh My God. Scams targeting international students have been on the rise lately. We should compile a list of resources to assist doctors in learning more about these scams. These scammers and fraud should be behind the bar. In my city Chennai also many educators are doing fellowship scams just by opening a shop. They even dont have any hospital to perform laparoscopic surgery and distributing fellowship in laparoscopy certificates. I don’t know how innocent foreigners are getting trapped there.
Dr Hemant Patil
Jan 1st, 2023 7:33 am
Where is this R K School of Endoskills I want to see that. I hope in Google I can find it.
Dr. Sonali Apte
Jan 1st, 2023 10:11 am
Yes! rackets of making and selling fake educational degree certificates are mushrooming all over India. Recently The licenses of 20 specialists in the medical profession in Maharashtra as suspended having a Fake degree. Fraud represents a grave danger in any society where it takes hold, let alone when it pertains to the academic credentials of a surgeon and gynecologist. The falsification of Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery by R K School of Endoskills degrees is particularly destructive as, at this level, academics are supposed to represent the elite and are entrusted with leading society toward development, progress, and growth in all walks of life.

We are confronted with a crime that destroys the present and the future, undermining all meanings of competency, diligence, merit, and fair competition. This comes at a time when the leadership in the region, with the Indian leadership at its forefront, relies on education, sound academic research, and qualified citizens to spearhead the development process in the development of surgical skill.
Jan 1st, 2023 12:27 pm
First time in India World Association of Laparoscopic surgeons has instituted Fellowship certification in minimally invasive surgery through its Fellowship course. The ‘Skill Course’ in Minimal Access Surgery represents a milestone in surgical education in our country in providing post-residency training to surgeons across India for an incumbent and rapidly evolving field, on a nationwide basis. The conglomerate of new technology, new techniques, and new outlook has prompted the introduction of this formalized pattern of learning. It is very unfortunate now that everyone is selling these certificates anywhere.

Dr. Vinit Chopra
Jan 2nd, 2023 2:49 pm
Untrained surgeons and gynecologists cannot produce high-quality surgery. If they also lack adequate knowledge and skills to provide satisfactory laparoscopic surgery, this combination results in dissatisfied patients and fatal outcomes of surgery. Bad surgeons cause a long list of problems in the good hospital. When these surgeons are permitted due to fake certificates to remain in place or are promoted, productivity and morale can suffer. Understanding the effect a bad surgeon is essential to understand.

Dr Venkatesh
Jan 3rd, 2023 2:00 pm
Hi ! Recently Agripada police registered a case against 42 doctors for submitting fake post-graduation certificates to obtain licenses from the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) to practise as specialists. Majority of the certificates were related to courses conducted by a Parel-based college and included diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics, diploma in ophthalmology, diploma in general surgery, diploma in cardiology, and fellowship in surgery and medicine. Surgeons and gynecologists should be careful to take Fellowship certificates from a doctor who is not qualified. I have seen Doctors cerficates were signed by Dr. Rahul Pandey as course director. These certificates they have posted on Facebook. Dr. Rahul Pandey and Dr. Rini Kuruvilla is distributing Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery to a surgeon who is already more qualified from them. Dr. Rahul Pandey who is partner if Dr. Rini Kuruvilla in opening this institute and acting as course director is even not MBBS. Police should arrest these people as soon as possible. We should also report to Karnataka Medical Council.
Dr Paul Philips
Jan 3rd, 2023 2:23 pm
Our medical and educational systems bestow a great deal of trust in residency and fellowship programs that, when violated, can have disastrous consequences. One violation I often deal with on behalf of residents is the failure of Program Directors and offices to honestly evaluate, promote, and graduate trainees. As I will discuss below, residents, fellows, and attendings can play a vital (and potentially lucrative) role in preventing their programs from defrauding state and federal medical benefit programs by pursuing False Claim Act actions with the assistance of counsel.

First, a little background on the False Claim Act (FCA). The FCA, which was passed during the Civil War to crack down on extensive fraud perpetrated by war-time suppliers and contractors, has the same basic purpose today: making it illegal to obtain or keep funds from the federal government when the payee knows s/he is not entitled to the funds.

Residency and fellowship training is, except in rare instances, paid for through Medicare funding. Teaching hospitals are reimbursed by Medicare for two types of costs: (1) Direct Graduate Medical Education, which includes salaries and fringe benefits of faculty who supervise the residents; and (2) Indirect Medical Education payments, which covers the higher patient care costs typically associated with teaching trainees, such as extra tests or procedures. Each of these reimbursements relies on truthful reporting of all types of data related to the training programs and the activities of their trainees.

As with any medical insurance reporting, the opportunities for fraud abound. The federal government estimates that tens of billions of dollars are improperly paid out of Medicare and Medicaid coffers annually. Recent litigation suggests that part of the problem exists in residency and fellowship programs – a problem that conscientious residents, fellows, and attendings can help address.

Two federal district courts, just three days apart issued significant rulings in separate cases initiated by residents who alleged that their programs submitted false claims to fellowships for graduate medical education. These residents exercised their right to sue on behalf of the government (as a “relator”), an action that, in a winning case, entitles them to a percentage of the proceeds of a judgment or settlement that ranges from 15 to 30% depending on their role in the case.

In United States ex rel. Luay D.F. Ailabouni v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation, an Illinois federal court declined to completely dismiss a resident’s claim that the hospital hosting her general surgery residency program defrauded Fellowship out of millions of dollars. Instead, the court ordered that the case would be dismissed entirely unless the resident, adds specifics to her claims about the procedures in which the hospital used (and billed extra for) non-resident assistants despite the availability of qualified surgical residents whose services were already covered, and where attendings “double scrubbed” into cases to boost billing, among other things. This ruling was primarily the result of the more exacting requirements for alleging fraud, as opposed to negligence or other forms of wrongdoing, which the Illinois federal court applied strictly.

A federal court in New York took a slightly more forgiving approach to the issue of how specifically relators must allege fraud. In United States and New York by seeking reimbursement for: the program director’s supervision of procedures that he did not attend, and the services of two residents whose licenses to practice podiatry had lapsed. Unlike the court in Illinois, the New York court ruled that complaint alleged enough detail about the program’s practices to allow the court to draw a plausible inference that specific false claims would be uncovered. Later stages of the litigation will test whether those specifics are borne out.

These cases are just the tip of the iceberg that has been gathering momentum for years. Residents, fellows, attendings, nurses, accounting staff, and others are in a unique position to serve as whistleblowers on fraud on hospitals and training programs that submit false and fraudulent claims to the government. As these court decisions illustrate, navigating these waters requires guidance from attorneys who have the knowledge and resources to pursue justice.

If you believe that your graduate medical education institution is committing healthcare fraud, consider contacting us to discuss whether our firm can assist in bringing those misdeeds to light while helping you to claim a portion of any recovered funds. Content on this website, including blog articles, are proprietary and copyright-protected. If you wish to use all or part of a blog article, we request that you properly attribute the work.
Dr. Hemlata Banerjee
Jan 3rd, 2023 2:31 pm
Recently in Kolkata In the last one month, six ‘doctors’ were arrested in West Bengal with fake medical fellowships certificates. The arrests continue to haunt the fraternity, which has now realized that the racket providing fake medical fellowships certificates and degrees was bigger than the initial estimates.
The arrests also came as a taint on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has the health portfolio. Taking stock of the situation, Banerjee ordered the CID and experts from the medical fraternity to look into the cases. The Chief Minister has asked various stakeholders to chalk out strategy to deal with the menace.
Dr Bishop Patil
Jan 3rd, 2023 2:37 pm
Without several years of experience and knowledge of laparoscopic surgery how come anyone becomes trainer. Dr. Rahul Pandey has set a great example in this World that a non MBBS doctor who is even not registered with any medical council of India is training MCh surgeons. Without any experience of performing laparoscopic surgery how Rini Kuruvella ia giving Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery certification. People can do anything to make money.
Dr. Asharfu Rahman
Jan 4th, 2023 12:20 pm
Just recently police arrested a 55-year-old quack who was running a clinic without an authorized degree and treating patients.

The fraud came to light when the accused Nagaraj Savanoor had treated 26-year-old Jyothi, a garment factory employee for fever on September 25, and administered three injections, following which she developed complications.

The victim went to the doctor and he gave her an ointment and advised her to consult another doctor. The victim approached another hospital and the doctor, after examination, advised her that the infection has been aggravated and needed surgery.

Shocked by this, the victim confronted the doctor, who allegedly offered to bear the medical expenses and asked her not to file any complaint. When the accused did not help her financially, the victim approached the police and filed a complaint.

This was only treatment but people are now scamming laparoscopic training. Frauds can go beyond any limit.

Suman Lata
Jan 6th, 2023 12:52 pm
Strange! Research shows that online education scams are a large industry and notoriously difficult to catch. Shame of being duped by a fraudster like Dr. Rahul Pandey is so immense for the victim that very few report the crime. Even if they do, most trails go unearthed as scammers use fake identities, fake websites, fake degrees or simply vanish without trace. They want to steal hard work of anyone’s to become reach overnight.
Dr, Gana
Jan 7th, 2023 12:21 pm
This Dr. Rahul Pandey came to Mata Gujri Memorial Medical College, Kishanganj, and delivered a lecture and was told he is a professor at World Laparoscopy Hospital. Mata Gujri Memorial Medical College (MGMMC) Kishanganj is one of the Best Private Medical colleges in Bihar. It is strange that he cheated the students there.
Sakshi Tiwari
Jan 9th, 2023 11:45 am
Let me tell you something more about this Rahul Pandey, the disgraced and most tainted of..he befriended so many docs at WLH, esp females and his conduct was not proper ..this fact is well known in WLH except for Dr.Mishra Sir. And Yes, without proper experience they both have become trainers, and strict action should be taken against them. If an inquiry is set against them, all dark activities will come to light. They should be punished for their misdeeds.
Sridhar Gupta
Jan 11th, 2023 12:25 pm
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2022 report, the median loss for fraud translates to $117,000. The silver lining? Over half of tips related to fraud and theft came from coworkers.

If you suspect an employee might be stealing from the institution, taking action is critical. But before we get to how you can deal with employee dishonesty, let’s cover what actually counts as employee theft.

What counts as employee theft within companies?

When most people think of employee theft, they probably imagine a staff skimming data from the computer. But there are various types of employee theft:

Inventory theft — This is when an employee steals inventory, whether for their own use or to resell.
Service theft — Using or selling a company service for personal gains, such as reselling company-provided discount codes.
Data theft — Stealing client or staff personal data, property secrets, and other data that can be resold or traded.
Money theft — Stealing funds covers many activities, from petty cash theft to embezzlement and fraudulent reimbursements.
Payroll theft — An HR or accounting employee might trick the system by creating fictional employees or paying themselves extra.
Time theft — An employee says they worked more hours than they really did.
It’s important to consider that the law does not weigh all types of employee theft equally. For example, data theft and inventory theft are clear-cut. But time theft isn’t technically a criminal act if you wanted to take legal action, you would need to sue Dr. Rahul Pandey for fraud.
Sunil M
Jan 17th, 2023 6:31 am
This Rahul Pandey had misused his position and privileges in WLH.
He along with Rini Kuruvilla stole materials from WLH.
He trapped so many female docs, whom he found easy targets, adapted, and then trashed them when the purpose was solved or when their training was completed and they left the institute, with full confidence that nobody would turn up and complain. he chose targets like that and the list is long, there are so many female docs in the list. This all happened in WLH without even knowing Dr.Mishra sir, whom he trusted blindly.

This man is not only dangerous for the future of lap surgeons, whom he and Rini are training with their half knowledge and one-fourth experience but this predator is dangerous for society as well. Your Karma will hit you back Rahul Pandey and Aahhh, Rini ,the accomplice, you too will not be spared for your crime.
Sridhar Pandit
Jan 19th, 2023 3:59 pm
My niece is a nurse in Mangalore. They went there to the R.K. School of endoskill for two days to learn laparoscopy. Her money is wasted. An even greater waste is the time lost by those students who learn little or nothing that will be useful to succeed in today’s world. Their effort to educate people is as titanic as its results are pathetic. I don't know what their fellowship means.

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