Dangerous Doctors Who Lose a License in NY or NJ Cross the Hudson to Practice in the Other!

Cases, Medical Malpractice Mistakes

Delays in Pulling Licenses from Barred Doctors Allows Continued Treatment

If a dangerous doctors has had his or her license revoked or suspended in New York or New Jersey, investigative journalism reveals that the barred doctor is crossing the river to continue treating patients in the sister state.  The reason cited is delays by the medical oversight boards which could take weeks or months to register a revocation or suspension in one state and apply it to its own state.  For example, a doctor suspended in New York is hoping over to New Jersey to continue to practice until New Jersey suspends their license.  And vice versa in New York.  

One example given in the article is physician Atman Shahine, whom was a gynecologist and became a plastic surgeon.  New York revoked his license on January 9, 2019 after the state Board of Professional Medical Conduct sustained 16 allegations of misconduct against him.  The reasons were for “gross incompetence and negligence.”  While this is not automatically New York medical malpractice, it is strong evidence to support a case.  This is why more than 12 patients have sued him for medical malpractice.  However, he is still allowed to practice in New Jersey!

This is scary because New York medical malpractice can result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a patient.  Whether New York has barred the doctor and we are allowing the doctor to continue to threaten the lives of other patients by practicing in New Jersey, or whether a barred New Jersey doctor is threatening the lives of New Yorkers, there needs to be greater communication and swifter action by both medical boards.  Actually not just both, but all medical boards.  After all, it is a tri-state area, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is occurring in Connecticut as well.

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