Chicago Tribune: Surgeon rebuked for flame-retardant falsehoods


In a stern rebuke of a noted surgeon, the state of Washington has issued disciplinary charges against Dr. David Heimbach, who told lawmakers misleading stories about fatally burned babies while testifying in favor of flame retardants.

Medical licensing authorities allege that Heimbach, whose activities were exposed in a 2012 Tribune investigation, fabricated testimony, failed to disclose his ties to the chemical industry and falsely presented himself as an unbiased burn expert when he was in fact collecting $240,000 from flame retardant manufacturers…

Sam Roe and Patricia Callahan

This article is a follow-up to the Chicago Tribune’s landmark investigative series Playing With Fire