Monday, December 13, 2010

The William Hamman fraud

According to an AP report, William Hamman shared millions in grants, had university and hospital posts, and bragged of work for prestigious medical groups BUT he had no medical residency, fellowship, doctoral degree or the 15 years of clinical experience he claimed. Hamman did medical school for a few years but withdrew and didn't graduate.

The AP story also had a quote from a doctor who gave Hamman a medical training contract:

"I was shocked to hear the news," said Dr. W. Douglas Weaver, who was president of the cardiology group when it gave Hamman a training contract for up to $250,000 plus travel a few years ago. "He was totally dedicated to what he was doing, and there is a real need for team-based education in medicine," said Weaver, a pilot himself from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

The nonexistent "15 years of experience" evokes the Ridings matter wherein the Trump organization was bamboozled.
See previous IPBiz post:
Resume of Trump's E.J. Ridings questioned
The Ridings fraud was exposed by Stephen Gandel of Money.

It's a strange world when news organizations conduct more due diligence than the people with money (and credibility) at stake.

Yes, medical journals did publish papers with Hamman as a co-author. From AP:

Journals that printed articles listing Hamman with M.D. and Ph.D. degrees are being contacted in case they want to correct the work. Beaumont removed him from a U.S. Department of Defense medical simulation contract that a physician at the hospital had obtained.

Hamman claimed degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

Part of the Hamman story evokes the Wheeler saga at Harvard:

It's easy for groups to assume someone else has vetted a popular speaker, said Dr. William O'Neill, a legendary cardiologist who spent 17 years at Beaumont before becoming an executive dean at the University of Miami in 2006.
"Somehow you've gotten the name or seen them in the literature," said O'Neill, who has helped with many conferences. When he heard that Mehta and others had been duped by Hamman's phony degrees, "I thought, `There but for the grace of God go I.'"
Hamman's ambition may have done him in. In checking a grant proposal he wanted to submit in late spring, the Beaumont staff discovered the lack of an M.D. degree, said spokeswoman Colette Stimmell. Hamman resigned June 15.

For some background on Adam Wheeler duping Harvard:

Adam Wheeler dupes Harvard

What Forbes needs to learn from Adam Wheeler


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