Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murrysville Doctor Denies Being Part of Illegal Hunt

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murrysville Doctor Denies Being Part of Illegal Hunt

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The Murrysville gynecological oncologist being investigated for killing a lion on what may have been an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe in April not only proclaimed his innocence in his first public statement since the accusations were made against him - he said he wasn't even there.

"Recently, there have been media reports naming Dr. Jan Seski in connection with the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe in April 2015. Those reports are not accurate," Dr. Seski said in a statement released through his lawyer, Greg F. Linsin. "During April of this year, Dr. Seski was at his home in the Pittsburgh area treating the cancer patients that rely on him for their care through the medical practice that he has maintained since 1981."

Dr. Seski, however, goes on to say that he participated in a hunt in Zimbabwe in July where he took a lion. He added that he notified the Zimbabwean authorities and provided them with all the required information and at all times was in compliance with the law.

Zimbabwe officials released his name as a participant in an April hunt they said was illegal.

The doctor was not alone defending himself Tuesday. The owner of a South African reserve where Dr. Seski went hunting in 2012 said the doctor had integrity and conducted hunts legally.

Dr. Seski was back at his Forbes Avenue office in Oakland on Tuesday; the office had been closed Monday. He declined through a receptionist to talk to a reporter there. At least six patients were there, and one man gave his full support of Dr. Seski as he walked out of the office with his wife.

"He's kept my wife alive," said the man, who would not provide his name. "I love him like a brother."

Along with the practice in Oakland, Dr. Seski also works at an office in West Mifflin and has privileges at several Allegheny Health Network hospitals.

As founder of AHN's Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, Dr. …

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