New York Post Disavows Portions Of Article About Jeffrey Moses Reply

The New York Post has substantially disavowed significant portions of an October 22 news story about Jeffrey Moses. The story contained allegations that the well-known interventional cardiologist had tested positive for cocaine but was allowed to continue performing procedures at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Now, the Post says, allegations of cocaine use were “subsequently proven to be conclusively false by two identical tests which were negative” and by “a court-ordered examination of Dr. Moses in May 2006 by a forensic psychiatrist who opined that he had no cocaine addiction problem.” The Post said its article gave a “false impression” about Moses and that it “regrets” any misunderstanding caused by that part of the article and “any harm it may have caused Dr. Moses personally and professionally.”

Here is the entire Editor’s Note, which was placed at the top of the story on December 20:

EDITOR’S NOTE: On October 22, 2012, The Post published an article about Dr. Jeffrey Moses, a world-renowned interventional cardiologist. Dr. Moses believes that the article gave readers the false impression that he is currently a cocaine user who is, and was for years, allowed by his hospital to operate on patients while under its influence. As the article reported, allegations of cocaine use were made by Dr. Moses’ ex-wife in their 2005 divorce case and the positive test referred to in the article was, according to Dr. Moses, a “false positive” which was subsequently proven to be conclusively false by two identical tests which were negative. The decision by New York Presbyterian Hospital not to discipline Dr. Moses and to allow him to continue to operate was made in light of the negative tests and a court-ordered examination of Dr. Moses in May 2006 by a forensic psychiatrist who opined that he had no cocaine addiction problem. Any understanding readers may have taken from the article that Dr. Moses was performing cardiovascular surgery while under the influence of cocaine was not intended. The Post regrets if any readers so misunderstood this part of the article and any harm it may have caused Dr. Moses personally and professionally.

The original Post story was summarized here on CardioBrief. As previously reported on CardioBrief, Moses is among the highest paid interventional cardiologists in the country. In 2010 he was reported to be earning at least $3 million a year. Long affiliated with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and the annual TCT interventional cardiology meeting, Moses played a key role in bringing CRF leaders Martin Leon, Gregg Stone, and others to Lenox Hill from the Washington Hospital Center. The group subsequently moved to Columbia University.

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