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6673-Martin Hauptman v. New York and Presbyterian Hospital

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


February 2, 2012

6673-MARTIN HAUPTMAN,
6673A- PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
NEW YORK AND PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL,
DEFENDANT,
VINCENT J. LEWIS, ETC., DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.

Hauptman v New York & Presbyt. Hosp.

Decided on February 2, 2012

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Mazzarelli, J.P., Friedman, Catterson, Renwick, Roman, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Alice Schlesinger, J.), entered September 22, 2010, dismissing the complaint pursuant to an order which granted defendant Vincent J. Lewis's (defendant) motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint as against him, unanimously affirmed, without costs. Appeal from above order unanimously dismissed, without costs, as subsumed in the appeal from the judgment. Appeal from order, same court and Justice, entered July 8, 2010, which, to the extent appealable, denied plaintiff's motion to renew, unanimously dismissed, without costs, as academic.

Defendant, by the affirmation of his physician expert, sustained his initial burden of establishing the absence of any departure from good and accepted medical practice or that the plaintiff was not injured thereby (Williams v Sahay, 12 AD3d 366, 368 [2004]; Feliz v Beth Israel Med. Ctr., 38 AD3d 396, 397 [2007]). In opposition, plaintiff's physician's affidavit failed to raise an issue of fact. Rather, plaintiff's expert set forth conclusory statements regarding whether the treatment rendered to plaintiff constituted such a departure (Domaradzki v Glen Cove Ob/Gyn Assoc., 242 AD2d 282 [1997]).

Plaintiff's expert also failed to rebut defendant's prima facie case on the issue of lack of informed consent. Plaintiff's expert merely stated that "based on available information, the patient was not properly advised of the risks and hazards of the surgery and of available alternative treatments." This statement is a conclusion, and as such is insufficient to rebut defendant-respondent's prima facie case (Public Health Law § 2805-d [3]); see Orphan v Pilnik, 66 AD3d 543, 544 [2009], affd 15 NY3d 907 [2010]).

We have considered the parties' remaining contentions and find them unavailing.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: FEBRUARY 2, 2012

CLERK

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