Who Is LOKESH VUYYURU MD?

WELCOME to the unofficial page of Lokesh B. Vuyyuru, MD.  Its purpose is not to defame the former Virginia-based physician, but to provide the public easy access to publicly-available court documents about Dr. Vuyyuru’s past and ongoing conduct and behavior.  Visitors are encouraged to verify the authenticity of all documents with the appropriate judicial jurisdictions before making any decisions based upon these court records.

lokeshAmong these records are lawsuits of note: United States ex. rel. Lokesh Vuyyuru, M.D. v. Jadhav, et al. (E.D. Va. 2006), for instance, is one in which Dr. Vuyyuru brought a qui tam complaint against his former colleague, Dr. Gopinath Jadhav, and two hospitals, raising allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud for conducting unnecessary biopsies. The court dismissed the lawsuit after finding that the allegations were based on disclosures in articles of the Virginia Times, a newspaper owned and operated by Vuyyuru, that predated the lawsuit by about a year, and that Vuyyuru was not the “original source” of the disclosures. The court also granted the defendants’ request for $68,000 in attorneys’ fees, finding Vuyyuru’s lawsuit to be “clearly frivolous” in light of his four attempts to file a proper complaint and the lack of specificity to his allegations.

Another lawsuit, Vuyyuru et al. v. Jadhav et al. (E.D. Va. 2010), featured far-reaching allegations of business conspiracy, racketeering, abuse of process, and retaliation by the Board of Medicine of Virginia, the Virginia Attorney General, and dozens of physicians and other defendants, centering on the revocation of Vuyyuru’s medical license. Ultimately, the court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss and a motion for sanctions against Vuyyuru’s attorney, Steven D. Smith, finding as follows:

This case is the latest in a long line of actions challenging the Board’s revocation of Vuyyuru’s medical license. When he filed this action, his grievances flowing from the revocation had received hearing after hearing up and down the chain of federal and state courts in the state of Virginia. None of the claims he raised in previous cases succeeded. Given Vuyyuru’s litigation history, any attorney undertaking a reasonable inquiry would have concluded these claims had absolutely no chance of success on the merits. Furthermore, the Amended Complaint contains not just a vague allegation or two but numerous ones, casting doubt on whether counsel undertook a reasonable inquiry to determine whether the plaintiffs’ claims were warranted under existing law.

The court also enjoined Vuyyuru from “filing any further lawsuit alleging an injury resulting from the Virginia Board of Medicine’s May 19, 2006, order revoking Vuyyuru’s license without this Court’s permission.”

Dr. Vuyyuru’s appeals of these decisions, ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court, were unsuccessful. At various points, Dr. Vuyyuru was represented by Mick G. Harrison of Bloomington, Indiana, Steven D. Smith of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Richard Condit of the Government Accountability Project.