Washington University in St. Louis has notified more than 1,000 patients about a data breach after the surgeon who treated them over the past decade had his laptop stolen during a conference in Argentina.

The theft occurred on Nov. 28, 2012, and the university learned about it the following day. Information on the unencrypted laptop included names, birth dates, medical record numbers, diagnoses, types and dates of surgery and 39 Social Security numbers, according to the university, which is offering identity protection services.

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