Chargers Team Doctor Was Barred From San Diego Hospitals

Oct 9, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) holds his left leg after an injury during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

And the truth is out on why DR David Chao has stepped down as the San Diego Chargers team doctor. Here are the reasons via USA Today:

Two San Diego hospitals decided not to allow him to perform surgeries there anymore — a move that recently was finalized and jeopardized his job with the team, according to a signed declaration submitted in San Diego Superior Court this week.

In recent years, officials at Scripps Memorial Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego conducted reviews of Chao’s quality of care and alcohol consumption, according to hospital letters obtained by USA TODAY Sports. Several former patients of Chao’s also had accused him of maiming them during surgeries or negligence, including one case that led Scripps Memorial Hospital to settle a case for $1.39 million.

That seems like a legit reason to step down. If you have no place to do your job, then how can you do your job?

Did that say alcohol consumption? So Dr. Chao like to sip a few cold ones?

I know the players backed him, but if hospitals won’t even allow the dude to perform surgeries then something is wrong. These are also the same players that backed Norv Turner. They are a little loyal to the point of ignorant. Just saying.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • PakMaN


  • tubbs45

    Why the hell did spanos keep him around so long? blackmail photos, prostate massage, easy access to zip-locks full of vicodine??

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      Sounds like story outta Any Given Sunday (film) whereas Deilman was the guy Lawrence Taylor played…Shark….

      • tubbs45


      • NativeSanDiegan

        I thought Dielman’s problem was concussions. Just sayin’ The doctor could’ve let him back on field too soon. Maybe a competent doc could even help McNeil’s neck, but he probably got 2nd opinions already. My account won’t let me sign in as NativeSanDiegan. Shouldn’t have signed me out in first place.

        • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

          Not competent, but a doctor that gave a rat’s @$$….the similarity to the film I refer to is they risk’d the athlete’s health just to keep em’ in the game… no amount of money is worth it…& in Dielman’s case it wasn’t like SD was vying for a title….

  • Peter Thompson

    So stereotypical… The doctor with shaky hands drinking to steady them. Doesn’t seem like it was working, because he was still nicking fools up!!! I have the same theory about judges… They are all getting fammered behind closed doors.

  • Alter Ego

    Michael Jackson liked his doctor too – just sayin. Guys got hurt…Choa treated them…season over…career over…death by Choa

  • FitzWilly

    Chao Chao

  • Adam

    A man that needs no introduction

  • RussinSactown

    We knew he was a bad doctor. Does it surprise anyone that he had a drinking problem?

  • MarriedToOne

    I like Chinese food . . not so much Chinese doctors.

  • C.Steele

    I am totally confused on why the team, Owner & GM stuck with this dude!! There has been smoke, No Flare guns, going off about this guy for years! It took the local hospitals saying ‘were done with thisquack’ before the team says your done…Or, did the team actually say it? I wonder if Chow actually said ‘I can’t perform any more surgeries so I’m stepping down’. This whole thing is crazy and kind of disturbing…I wonder if TT was happy with this dude when he got there or if the owner said ‘he’s my guy were keeping him’..Sigh… Fd up!s #GoBolts

  • aknow11

    This is journalism? America is ignorant.

  • blackroseMD1

    I’m shocked!

    Not by this news, but by the fact that there are people still defending him. It’s bad over on the UT-SD board.

    I’m seriously glad he’s gone. The guy was obviously a danger every time he picked up the scalpel. It’s about time someone did something.

  • keith

    Bring Dr Lee Rice back!!!

  • arnie

    LOL. Oh i get it. It’s the old, “…you can’t fire me, because i quit…” cenerio. Choa version was, he was tired of paying ten of thousands of dollars, to stay at a place he didn’t use. Maybe it’s because he was barred.

  • Ernie Padaon

    wow. that’s a bit racist

  • Peter Thompson

    Yikes… Never seen you do that before.

  • RussinSactown

    Must have been pretty bad

  • Pels04

    My guess is Will. If it wasn’t, lets just say it was anyway

  • Ernie Padaon

    I couldn’t just sit with that there. Smh

  • Cgoodness13

    What did I miss?

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