Where should you turn if you’ve been harmed by a doctor? What should you do if reporting that harm leads to a dead end?
A dead end is where women found themselves after filing complaints against obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Javaid Perwaiz. Perwaiz was kind to his patients, but behind his warm exterior was a cunning businessman who made millions off of fake medical diagnoses, unnecessary surgeries, and falsified insurance claims. The scheme that made him successful would also be his downfall. He was arrested in 2019 after a nurse raised concerns about him to the FBI. In “The Patients v. Perwaiz,” 10 On Your Side investigators uncovered red flags that were ignored by the healthcare system during his 40-year career.
“The Patients v. Perwaiz” is a 10 On Your Side online-exclusive investigation. Investigators Jason Marks, Kevin Romm, and Adrienne Mayfield spent more than a year investigating Perwaiz and spoke with nearly two dozen patients and nurses who knew him. This investigation will include 10 chapters that will be published on WAVY.com every Thursday between Feb. 4 and April 8. Come back to WAVY.com each week to watch the next chapter.
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Dr. Javaid Perwaiz made money by performing unnecessary procedures and surgeries on trusting women. His arrest raised major concerns for patients and nurses who knew him. 10 On Your Side investigated Perwaiz for more than a year. We uncovered red flags and whistleblowers ignored by the healthcare system. Could someone have stopped Perwaiz before the FBI had to step in? Watch
Dr. Javaid Perwaiz immigrated from Pakistan to the United States when he started his OB-GYN residency in the 1970s. He made Hampton Roads his home in 1980 when he began his first job in Portsmouth. He quickly made a name for himself and opened a successful solo practice in Chesapeake. 10 On Your Side investigators dug into Perwaiz’ past and his medical practice. He made millions of dollars, but at what price? Watch
The successful OB-GYN practice Dr. Javaid Perwaiz built for himself began to crumble around him in October 2019. After a year-long investigation, the FBI raided Perwaiz’ Chesapeake office. Officers seized thousands of patient records and his diagnostic equipment. Even after the raid, Perwaiz was still seeing patients and scheduling surgeries. Federal prosecutors had to take action to get the scalpel out of his hands.Watch
A nurse’s anonymous tip led to the investigation that would end Dr. Javaid Perwaiz’ career. But, years before the FBI’s investigation, the federal indictment, and the jury trial, other women were suspicious of the OB-GYN. Some of these women noticed red flags in Perwaiz’ career and reported them to health care professionals, including the Virginia Board of Medicine. These women say they were ignored.Watch
Routine checkups often led to invasive surgeries for Dr. Javaid Perwaiz’ patients. Some women believed they were perfectly healthy when they stepped into the OB-GYN’s Chesapeake office, but they found themselves going under the knife just days after their appointments. How did Perwaiz persuade women into having life-altering surgeries? Watch
Women saw Dr. Javaid Perwaiz for routine exams, and he often diagnosed them with ailments they didn’t know they had. The OB-GYN’s recommended treatment? Surgery. Perwaiz used in-office exams to justify surgeries, but our investigators found he wasn’t particularly gifted at catching illnesses in the early stages. Many of the diagnostic procedures he performed were deceptive.
10 On Your Side spent more than a year investigating Dr. Javaid Perwaiz. Our investigation began shortly after the obstetrician-gynecologist was arrested and charged with performing unnecessary procedures and surgeries on unsuspecting women in order to profit from a health insurance fraud scheme. Our investigators interviewed more than a dozen of his former patients on camera during this investigation. These patients shared their experiences with the doctor, including the procedures and surgeries they endured and the long-lasting impact Perwaiz had on their lives.
While watching “The Patients v. Perwaiz” viewers will hear several medical terms that describe the procedures and surgeries Dr. Javaid Perwaiz performed during his career as an obstetrician-gynecologist.
Virginia Beach fertility specialist Dr. Robin Poe-Zeigler helped 10 On Your Side investigators create a glossary that explains 10 of these medical terms. Use this glossary to learn about each medical term and how each procedure and surgery is performed.