By the terms of a stipulated Order with the Oregon Medical Board, Dr. V. James Makker has agreed to surrender his Oregon medical license. The local neurosurgeon is familiar to those in the industry as he accepted workers’ compensation patients and operated on many. Dr. Makker came under increased scrutiny after The Wall Street Journal published report in 2011 accusing him of performing medically unnecessary spinal fusions. He is alleged to have one of the highest repeat fusion rates in the nation. No longer able to practice medicine in Oregon, Dr. Makker still faces a barrage of pending medical malpractice lawsuits which will continue to make their way through the courts. SBH will monitor the ongoing developments.