In New York State are specialists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, etc. reported to a state agency when a patient, undergoing surgery or medical procedure with them, dies during the procedure or from complications following the procedure?

If so, what is this state agency and is the information shared with the public (via web app, public/searchable database tool, etc.)?

In other words, if you're scheduled for a procedure, how can you tell whether you're being operated on by Dr. Grey or Dr. Giggles?

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    I don't think such a repository exists and for good reason. It would be hugely prejudicial against good doctors who take on tough cases. Imagine viewing the stats for doctor #1 who takes on the hard cases and doctor #2 who takes only easy cases. Nobody in their right mind would visit doctor #1 after looking at their numbers.
    – Carey Gregory
    Mar 19 '21 at 1:38
  • If we're talking about emergency (true life or death emergencies: car accidents, ER/ICU, etc.) cases then I would agree. Outside of emergencies, I disagree, if Doctor #1 is as good as they think they are, they would only take on cases they are confident they can handle. Lower quality Doctors would and should choose less risky cases. If Doctor #1 has many deaths associated with their procedures, they are not a very good doctor, because they are consistently biting off more than they could chew. And either way I feel like its important enough to give consumers access to this type of information. Mar 19 '21 at 1:51
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    You seem to have very little sympathy for patients who are unlikely to survive their surgery even by the best hands available. What you propose would ensure that no surgeon would take "hopeless" cases. This is a real problem, by the way, and people who possibly could be salvaged are being left to die without surgery because the stats will count against the surgeon and the hospital. I think what you're not considering is that no surgeon has to take any particular case. They can simply say no, and if all the surgeons say no, that's it.
    – Carey Gregory
    Mar 19 '21 at 2:07
  • I'm sure there's a reasonable way to quantify and measure the quality of a medical professional's work, taking all of that ^^^ into consideration. I'm wondering what resources currently exist. Mar 19 '21 at 14:57
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    The system currently in place by Medicare was intended to do exactly that, but it's had the unintended effect of causing surgeons to reject difficult cases.
    – Carey Gregory
    Mar 19 '21 at 15:55

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