A Surgeon’s Fight against Big Government, Corrupt Businessmen, and a Broken Healthcare System

In the multibillion-dollar business of American medicine, doctors are often portrayed as culprits—opportunistic millionaires who prey on the misfortune of their hapless patients and drive up the cost of healthcare. But often they are the real victims of a system designed to increase profits for the insurance companies, shady businessmen, and Big Government.

When Dr. Steven Cyr first opened his own practice, his focus was on providing the very best care for his patients, improving spine surgery results, and running an ethical business. He soon discovered that just because you play by the rules, it doesn’t mean everyone else will.

Despite following the law to the letter, Dr. Cyr was descended upon by cutthroat businessmen, jealous colleagues, federal agents, and ambitious lawyers. Their barrage of legal attacks and false claims culminated in him being targeted for federal indictment and nearly losing everything he owned, including his good name and his home. Only through God’s grace, the love of his wife, and a steadfast faith in doing what’s right was he able to find the strength to overcome the forces aligned against him.

Cutthroat provides an insider’s perspective on the many battles that doctors fight for their patients and their practices and exposes the truth about the complex financial, legal, and regulatory pressures faced by doctors who enter the business world. It’s a wake-up call for a healthcare industry that has lost its way.

ISBN: 978-1-63755-304-6
SKU: 08-975-01
Categories:Amplify Publishing, Health, Medicine, and Wellness, Health, Medicine, and Wellness, Industries, Healthcare and Medical, Memoirs and Biographies, Memoirs and Biographies

“As the former CEO of a multibillion-dollar NYSE healthcare company, I found Cutthroat to be an insightful portrayal of the corruption and brokenness of America’s healthcare system. Dr. Cyr’s story is both fascinating and inspiring.”—Richard M. Scrushy, Founder and former chairman and CEO of HealthSouth Corporation

Cutthroat is a critical look at the business of medicine as well as a heartfelt odyssey of family and faith.”—Tim Weitz, JD, CAE, Former general counsel for the Texas Medical Board

Cutthroat is a must-read for any physician—from residency to retirement—or patient who wants to learn about the inner workings and faults of the healthcare system.”—J. Michael Bennett, MD, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon

Cutthroat is an intense behind-the-scenes look at the systematic breakdown of the world’s best healthcare system and how physicians are the key to its rescue.”—Bertrand J. Brown, MD, Anesthesiologist

Cutthroat should be required reading during residency to help young physicians avoid the wolves in the business world who prey on unsuspecting doctors.”—Michael S. Mckee, MD, Board-certified specialist in interventional pain management

Cutthroat is an eye-opening book for the provider’s side of the healthcare circle. Insurance companies are not our friends. The public needs to know the truth, and Dr. Cyr has told it like it is.”—Brian W. Zale, DPM, FACFAS, Board-certified foot and ankle surgeon

Steven J. Cyr, MD

Chief Medical Officer for SASpine and CYRxMD Cosmetic Surgery

Steven J. Cyr, MD, is the chief medical officer for SASpine and CYRxMD Cosmetic Surgery. He is a Mayo Clinic–trained, board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon and has been named a Top Spine and Orthopedic Surgeon by numerous organizations. He has also been rated as the top doctor in San Antonio by RateMDs and recognized nationwide with Patients’ Choice and Compassionate Doctor Awards.

Dr. Cyr was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and served fourteen years in the U.S. Air Force, during which time he was the chief of spine surgery for the Air Force and spine surgery consultant to the surgeon general of the Air Force and the Pentagon.

While in the military, he served two tours of duty in Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served as professor of orthopaedic surgery and assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences. A two-year fellowship in cosmetic surgery made him the world’s first fellowship-trained orthopaedic and cosmetic surgeon.

He has been married to his wife, LeAnn, for twenty-two years. They have four children: Alexa, Caden, Colton, and Ava.