Loudoun Medical Group is a multi-specialty physician medical group in Northern Virginia. It has over 70 local medical practices under its "umbrella."
Why is knowing this important?
Because if you think you have a medical malpractice claim it turns out that you don't sue the name of the group you actually went to, like "XYZ Primary Care Physicians" or "Loudoun Dermatology Associates". What's most interesting is that you can't really tell that Loudoun Medical Group actually owns the practice until you do some digging. It won't be obvious from the medical records, medical forms or the practice's website.
If you sue the name of one of their over 70 groups, you will be met with a "Motion to Correct Misnomer", or even a "Motion to Dismiss."
In Virginia, a "misnomer" is when you sue the right person (or corporate entity) but you use the wrong name. By law, you should be able to simply change the name on the pleadings.
Here's the Loudoun Medical Group Annual Report for 2012.
Here are the practices that don't really even "exist" on their own. They are all part of Loudoun Medical Group. If you find yourself having to sue any of them you should not name the actual practice as a defendant - you may be met with a motion to dismiss.
Advanced ENT Specialists
Akhtar, Nauman J.
Ashburn Sterling Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Breast Care Consultants of Northern Virginia
Center for Spinal Surgery & Spinal Disorders
Chadha, Vijay MD
Coleman Primary Care
Corporate Health Center
Digestive Disease Physicians
Dulles Medical Group
GI Endoscopy Center of Northern Virginia
Family Allergy and Asthma Associates
Family Allergy Center
Family Medicine Associates of Alexandria
Foster, G. Neil MD
Gavin, Matthew B.
Infectious Diseases: Tropical Medicine & Travelers Health
Integrative Family Medicine Center
Kavanagh, Michael MD
Kingstowne Internal Medicine
Leesburg/Sterling Family Practice
Loudoun Acupuncture Clinic
Loudoun Community Midwives
Loudoun Dermatology Associates
Loudoun Gynecology Associates
Loudoun Internal Medicine Associates
Loudoun Medical Group Immediate & Primary Care Center
Loudoun Pediatric Associates
Loudoun Rheumatology Center
Loudoun Spine & Rehabilitation
Loudoun Travel Clinic
Loudoun Valley Family Practice
Mancini & Korkowski MD’s
M.D. VIP-Medical Doctor Value in Prevention
Metropolitan ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery
Mitchell, Whittaker and Wu, MD’s
Mountcastle Plastic Surgery and Vein Institute
MountainView Medical Associates
Nekoba, Jeffrey K.
Nemeth, Richard MD
Neurology Consultant Services
Northern Virginia ENT Associates
Optimum Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery Institute
Physicians Practice & Research, LLC
Potomac Family Practice
Skin Cancer Center of Northern Virginia
Sterling Family Practice
Surgical Specialists of Northern Virginia
The Urology Group
Virginia Medical Arts Clinic
Here's the law on the correction of misnomer in Virginia:
§ 8.01-6. Amending pleading; relation back to original pleading
A misnomer in any pleading may, on the motion of any party, and on affidavit of the right name, be amended by inserting the right name. An amendment changing the party against whom a claim is asserted, whether to correct a misnomer or otherwise, relates back to the date of the original pleading if (i) the claim asserted in the amended pleading arose out of the conduct, transaction, or occurrence set forth in the original pleading, (ii) within the limitations period prescribed for commencing the action against the party to be brought in by the amendment, that party or its agent received notice of the institution of the action, (iii) that party will not be prejudiced in maintaining a defense on the merits, and (iv) that party knew or should have known that but for a mistake concerning the identity of the proper party, the action would have been brought against that party.