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Minnesota doctor disciplined for removing wrong kidney

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An Edina urologist has been indefinitely barred from inpatient surgery for removing the wrong kidney of one patient and taking a biopsy from another's patient's pancreas instead of a kidney.

Dr. Erol Uke has signed the disciplinary ruling from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, agreeing that his actions justify the board's discipline.

The ruling says Uke could regain surgical privileges if the board later determines he's competent to do so.

The Star Tribune reports the ruling did not say where the errors happened, just that Uke removed the wrong kidney in March 2008 and performed the erroneous biopsy about four months later.

Uke declined comment when reached at home by The Associated Press.

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