Years of recognized training are required to be able to operate as an ophthalmologist in a clinic. Simona T. *, deputy head physician in an eye clinic in Aargau, was able to get around that. She has been operating since 2008 without a license to practice. That reports the «Aargauer Zeitung». The authorities know about it, but do nothing.
Only when the native Macedonian wanted to join the Association of Ophthalmologists in 2015 did it become apparent after checking her résumé that she did not have a professional training permit. In addition, she adorns herself with a controversial professor title.
Training is not recognized
According to the cantonal medical office, Simona T. has completed medical training in Macedonia, but this is not recognized in Switzerland. Foreign doctors can only apply for a professional license if they have technical and linguistic knowledge. In Switzerland, doctors are only allowed to operate in clinics without a permit if they are under the supervision of a trained doctor. In short: you are just an assistant doctor.
Not so with Simona T. In the eye clinic, which has a hospital permit, she acts as the deputy head physician. When she took office, nobody wanted to see her license to practice, the “Aargauer Zeitung” continues.
No authorization to prosecute
But Simona T.’s career is also incomprehensible in places. She claims to have completed training as a retinal surgeon in Würzburg between 1999 and 2000. She did her habilitation from 2000 to 2005. The University of Würzburg confirms the training, but not the habilitation procedure. Nobody knows how she was supposed to have got her title of professor.
Since the association of ophthalmologists wanted to hold Simona T. accountable for the existing allegations, the authorities have been aware of it. But they did nothing. Reason: “The ophthalmologists as an association are not entitled to file a lawsuit,” the Aargauer Zeitung quoted the responsible public prosecutor.
The eye clinic did not want to comment on Blick. (What)