Coral Gables penis doctor Paul Perito accused of mangling a patient's member

In September 2006, a St. Lucie County sheriff approached a black Ford pickup idling outside the Easy Living Trailer Park. Inside, next to a screwdriver used to start the clunker, a man sat slumped over the center console. After being shaken awake and stumbling out with "bloodshot and watery" eyes, the driver blew a .081 — just over the legal limit — into the officer's Intoxilyzer.

The man, whom we'll call Hank to protect his identity, had been down this road before, with three previous DUI convictions. So a few months later, a judge sentenced him to three years in prison.

Today, Hank's saga must stand as the worst punishment ever received for taking a boozy snooze at the wheel of a vehicle. Because three years ago, Hank developed blisters on his penis, launching a series of botched operations at a roulette wheel of hospitals, culminating with him having his penis amputated.

The doctor whom Hank says is most responsible for robbing him of his penis is none other than Dr. Paul Perito, a physician who has somehow stayed in scrubs despite charges of organized fraud and racketeering linked to a strip club in which he was an investor, allegations of a "special K" habit, and an ongoing lawsuit by a patient who also lost his penis. Hank recently filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) and six doctors, including Perito.

"Hank has an eighth-grade education," says his sister, who requested anonymity. "He's a hard-working, good man. He's just had some trouble with alcohol."

In a December 20 court filing, Perito denied any negligence in Hank's treatment, blaming the patient's "actions or omissions." Perito's attorney William L. Petros did not return a phone message seeking comment. Perito himself did not respond to three phone messages and an email. In August 2010, though, he beckoned New Times to his office and angrily waved a penile implant at a reporter while insisting his criminal case had resulted in a "complete dismissal... My reputation right now should be exonerated."

Says Hank's attorney, Spencer Aronfeld: "It's tough to fathom what Dr. Perito would have to do for the state to finally revoke his license."

A lifelong Floridian, 51-year-old Hank is a man of simple pleasures. He enjoys fishing and four-wheeling — and unfortunately for him, often a beer or two too many. In 1992, he was charged with a hit-and-run following a booze-fueled accident, his third such conviction, resulting in 11 months in lockup. By the time he was arrested in 2006, though, he had stayed mostly out of vehicular trouble for a decade and a half and was working as a fence installer.

Hank spent two uneventful years at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution before his path crossed Perito's. "These bumps come up on my privates," he drawls now, "and I couldn't piss right."

Hank was sent under guard to South Miami's Larkin Community Hospital, where Perito was called in to check out the damage. Hank didn't know it then, but the urologist had a past arguably more checkered than the undereducated, alcoholic patient.

The rangy 50-year-old Perito interned at the University of Miami and was first licensed in Florida in 1994. He cuts a distinctive figure, pairing cowboy boots with green scrubs. His website boasts that his private practice — Perito Urology — is the world's leading provider of penile implants. He claims to have surgically installed 3,000 of the silicone rods, which keep their recipients forever erect.

But the Kentucky native's successes have been chased by trouble.

In 1999, he was charged with battery and culpable negligence in Miami-Dade. The charges were dropped, and the case file has been mostly destroyed. In 2002, according to state corporation records, Perito was registered as the vice president of PPNJ Entertainment. Its primary holding: Playpen South, a Goulds strip club. The same year, Perito dropped $590,000 on a Kumquat Avenue house in Coconut Grove.

Charges filed in 2004 might provide insight to where the doctor was getting all of his extra cash. Perito faced dozens of counts involving the illegal sale of prescription drugs under federal RICO racketeering statutes. In a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) affidavit, witnesses told investigators that Perito, who is not a licensed pharmacist, and his cronies had bought the club with proceeds from peddling counterfeit and diluted cancer, kidney disease, and AIDS medicine. "The idea that anybody would be willing to dilute drugs and profit from the suffering of other human beings is horrific," said then-State Attorney General and future governor Charlie Crist.

One of the informants recalled seeing Perito using controlled substances — particularly ketamine — "on numerous occasions." He even showed up at Playpen high on special K, claimed the informant who was also a patient, the night before he was due to perform surgery on him.

Another witness claimed to have watched Perito "burn 'special K' into a liquid form and place it into a microwave." Then the doctor "chopped up and snorted" the hardened substance, the witness claimed in the FDLE affidavit, and shared it with a dancer named Barbie, "who appeared catatonic after snorting the substance."

But he entered a pretrial diversion program for only one minor charge: illegal possession of prescription drugs. He underwent counseling and paid $2,294 in court costs. He also agreed to pay a $15,000 fine to the Florida Department of Health in order to keep his license.

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Mousestebbins
Mousestebbins

Dr.Paul Perito is one of the best medical doctors in Miami.Dr.Perito treats all his patients in a genuine caring manner. There are many people who try to make a fast buck by filing a law suit and they care less about the facts.Dr.PAUL is adored by his patients and is always there when they need him.Dr.Paul is a gifted surgeon and hundreds will attest to that.He also has a great personality which fits well with His professional manner. B.F.Stebbins sr.

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Donald

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Mascformasc48
Mascformasc48

Paul Perito was able to help me by eliminating years of severe pain and dysfunction, after renowned specialists in New York and South Florida were unable and or unwilling to help me. It took 2 surgeries and lots of medication and therapies. He was thoroughly competent and caring throughout the process.

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scott
scott

The breach in his care were the events that lead to delay in removing the packing. If Perito is at fault, it would only be if he knew where his patient was and refused to coordinate care with the consulting urologist at Kendall Hospital. Otherwise, the liability will fall more towards the docs at kendall, who let a dressing go unchanged for 3 weeks, with was three times too long.

Cindy
Cindy

His sister, dog and lawyer are no longer the only ones who know about it.

Richard Carpenter
Richard Carpenter

This "doctor" should be required to display his name as follows:Paul Perito, MD - Penis Amputation Specialist

lawyerslc
lawyerslc

Prisons have a reputation of contracting with poor medical services. Was this a for-profit prison? Or underfunded? The usual court routine is for the "professional" employee of the corrections system to be ""believed" and the inmate ignored. How bad does it have to be? This is gross. The doctor should have ordered, and the prison honored, the timely follow-up.

TIV
TIV

What an unfortunate incident. However, I know Dr.P personally and know that he is an excellent surgeon and individual. Let's get all the facts before judging or jumping to conclusions.

Tlowe287
Tlowe287

why would u flag the truth

Tlowe287
Tlowe287

hank dont fill alone my story is about the same except it was a veterans hospital resident that took all the skin off my penis sewed head to scrotum leaving me nothing but a head of penis an sack of nuts i have had 5 surgerys to try an repair it no luck yet heres the kicker since i dont have 10000 dollars for a expert witness no attorney in ohio will sue the veterans hospital sad isnt it serve my country to only recive treatment by a butcher thanks america

Helen Payne
Helen Payne

my heart goes out to him ..i wonder what caused the blisters in the first place and why didnt they do blood test to determined the reason and give him the right antibiotics

Shizuppy
Shizuppy

You stay classy, Coral Gables

me
me

"the worst punishment ever received for taking a boozy snooze at the wheel of a vehicle."--um, no, there are worse things--like fatal car wrecks, paralyzing yourself or other people, etc...the author makes it sound like "boozy snooze" is no biggy--the guy has repeatedly driven while intoxicated. That's a good way to get yourself and other people killed. Seriously bad criminal behavior.

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randrand run

UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO COOK AND EAT IT-DON'T HANDLE "THE SPOTTED DICK"-PLEASE!!!

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I've got some xtra. Can I help??

sue
sue

One has to question the motivations of a “journalist” who makes repeated personal attacks on a physician who has helped and is beloved by thousands of patients, recognized as one of the best in his field, and respected by his peers, while championing the cause of a convicted felon, “Hank,” and a notorious ambulance chaser, Spencer Aronfeld. Garcia-Roberts goes to great lengths to protect the identity of Hank, and to portray him as nothing more than a harmless drunk. However, just a cursory review of public records shows that In addition to the three DUIs, Hank was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for arson, convicted another time for hit and run, and has been arrested half a dozen other times. Another quick google search shows Spencer Aronfeld to be an unsavory and shameless predator who has been censored by the Florida Bar. Real journalists protect the identity of rape victims – not personal injury plaintiffs and publicity seeking ambulance chasers such as Aronfeld seeking traction in frivolous lawsuits. Hank, or Charles J. Blount as he is known to Florida law enforcement, filed a lawsuit and made statements to the media putting his condition and credibility at issue. He is not a victim. The only victim mentioned in Garcia-Roberts article is Dr. Perito.

Lisa
Lisa

Hmm, so Aronfeld, the same attorney who sued Dr. Perito in 2007 and got a big story in the New Times, sues again 5 years later for surgery performed two years ago--again with a sensational story in the New Times by the same writer--Gus Garcia-Roberts. I'm sure it was no surprise to Aronfeld or Garcia-Roberts that the Department of Corrections, nor any of the 7 doctors would comment on a newly filed lawsuit. How convenient...so all we are left with is Garcia-Roberts' snarky morality tale (don't drive drunk--look what can happen..) and the perspective of the guy who is suing. If only writer Garcia-Roberts could charge Aronson a retainer for his journalistic "services," we might all be spared his "investigative" talents as he could head off into an early retirement.

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CockDoc
CockDoc

If Perito performed 3,000 surgeries and had only one patient with problems which probably resulted from that patient not following the Dr's instructions, that sounds like a pretty great track record. Also, Hank the Drunk sued several other doctors, too. Why didn't Gus Garcia-Roberts-de-Boner fairly explore that in his article?

LoveRocket
LoveRocket

Some chronic DUI drunk wants to sue a professional with thousands of happy patients. This is what journalism has turned into these days. Pathetic. When a doctor tells a drunk loser "see me in 5 days" and he waits three weeks. Who is at fault? When a doctor tells a 60 year old pervert "Don't have sex for 30 days" and he bones a hooker that same night. Who is to blame? Is this really a story?

BD9999
BD9999

Dr. Perito is an amazing doctor. This writer did not do his homework, get the facts before you print a story. I am sure there will be concequences for printing irrenneous information. Dr. Perito is an honest and giving man. I no of no other person that does more for others. He has treated my entire family and will continue to do so. It's increidible what journalism has come too.

Tl197026
Tl197026

You cannot be so ignorant. You must be in the medical field to know what this is all about. You need to find out what type of blisters these are. This is an on going problem the patient had. And who knows how long he has had these so called blisters. Stay off the Dr. who tried helping him. It's clear this 8th grader is just looking for money.

jerel642
jerel642

Blistering along with trouble urinating are most often times symptoms of an STD. A simple blood test could have said which one, and they could have treated it with antibiotics.

Tl197026
Tl197026

I completely agree with you these lawyers and editors must not have anything else to do.I'd say check your own back ground and through away the keys. You are all dirt and just need something to entertain your selves with. Why don't you get a real profession.

Justice983214
Justice983214

That doctor needs to be under the jail or castrated himself for doing that to another human being.

guest
guest

Oh Hai, Dr. Perito!

Dancinggirlsara
Dancinggirlsara

Dr. Perito is far from beloved by thousands. He is the scum of the earth. He, along with Nick Just who co-owned Playpen South (Nick is still listed as the property owner), scammed people who were dying of cancer, AIDS, and other ailments. I worked at Playpen South at the time this was happening and I watched them squander away money like their pockets were as bottomless as the strippers on stage. Dr, Paul (as he was called) was considered the ultimate VIP- and he had sex with girls any where he wanted in that building. It was disgusting to watch and it was a main part of why I left my employment there. Just days before the whole thing blew up in Nick and Paul faces, I was fortunate enough to have found employment elsewhere. The informants mentioned in the article were managers at the club and customers of his drug deals as well as his medical services. Funny how they didn't complain til after the whole thing turned into a legal nightmare- then they want to be informants instead of inmates. The best thing that could happen to our community is "Dr" Paul Perito being stripped of his license to practice and be seen for what he is. A drug addict and a menace to medicine. And YES, I know for a fact Paul was using drugs at the club and giving them to dancers as well. One such unfortunate girl had seizures in the club and was deposited outside like trash. Luckily, she didn't die. I was there, I saw it. I called 911. So before you spout off about how awesome "Dr." Paul is, maybe you should find out how un-awesome he really is. I can only imagine that you - "SUE" are a friend of his and maybe even a customer.

randrand run
randrand run

WE ARE NOT INTO SEX WITH THE ZOMBIES IN MIAMI-LAND----WHAT IS LEFT, IS FERREL AND FETID-WE'LL STAY CHASTE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Viejo48
Viejo48

I agree with BD9999, I have been a patient of Dr. Perito's for ten years. He has performed prostate surgery on me and I have had no problems whatsoever. During a routine follow up exam Dr. Peritio discovered that I had Diabetes and a stress related illness that was potentially lethal. I am alive thanks to Paul Perito. If I was to ever need surgery again, I would insist that Dr. Perito be the surgeon,

David
David

Get your facts before opening your pie hole? I hope he removes somthing of yours and then you will understand Dr Perito is not nice guy!

Dc3041
Dc3041

BD9999: Really? An amazing Doctor who just happened to be brought up on dozens of criminal charges related to the alleged sale of diluted or counterfeit prescription drugs from his Goulds strip club, Playpen South?

The man is anything but Godly and seems as bad as your grammar.

FA
FA

What about his K addiction? and his sale of diluted medicine to cancer and aids patients. The medical profession sure covers for its own. His should have lost his license or gone to jail long ago.

Viejo48
Viejo48

10mm is indeed a very small measurement. Maybe that is why you would not like a doctor who is known for enlargements.

Viejo48
Viejo48

Aronfeld describes himself on his website as a car rollover specialist. Look into the mirror Mr. Aronfeld. The penis that you see is yourself!

Nancy82
Nancy82

Dear Sara, I worked in the club also. I know and everyone else that worked in the club at the time knows what you were involved in: you sold drugs in the club. For that reason you got fired. Clearly your response is not credible. That was 2002.... What are you doing now SARA? Still selling?

randrand run
randrand run

THAT MATERIALISM AND COCAINE GENERATION-THE DIARY OF SOULLESS MIAMI THAT JUST KEEPS ON AFRAUDIN' AND A-HURTIN'----YA'LL SHOULD KNOW THE TERRITORY BY NOW- THE LAWLESS WHO EXIST WHERE LAWS ARE FOR OTHERS-BUT NOT FOR THEM!

BC9999
BC9999

OH!!!! I actually can assure you that I am well aware of my facts!! You get yours accurate!!And is your info is coming from this article or ARONFELD, really bad source. Your not nice David!!

LoveRocket
LoveRocket

I have been a happy patient of Dr. Perito for 12 years. Because of his treatment, now all of my girlfriends call me LoveRocket.

BD9999
BD9999

Don't believe everything you thing you read. Have you ever heard that phrase!!!!! OOOPSS for that one grammatical error!! I obviously meant I know!! Apparently you don't know him at all. He is not Godly, he is human, you perform thousands of surgeries, you are bound to come across many irresponsible and dirty patients that don't follow instructions, then you'll see the results. Look up the criminal they call Hank, Y don't you look up his Rap sheet!! Oh that's right!!! HIs name is not in the article!!

LoveRocket
LoveRocket

If you don't know him and you are not one of his patients, you should really zip it up. You are just a tool that believes everything you read.

Viejo48
Viejo48

Convictions?????????????????????????????????????????

 
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