A 49-year-old New Jersey anesthesiologist has been performing complex surgical procedures without the proper training, according to the state's Board of Medical Examiners. The board revoked the man's license and ordered financial penalties, saying that he had been repeatedly negligent, unprofessional and dishonest. The New Jersey attorney general lauded the decision to revoke the man's medical license, saying it was a move to protect the public from a practitioner who put his patients in peril and did so remorselessly.
The license revocation grows out of a 2012 license suspension for the negligent treatment of six patients, one of whom required corrective surgery. Following the suspension, an administrative law judge recommended that the man's license be permanently revoked. The Board of Medical Examiners agreed and revoked the man's license to practice medicine. Additionally, he has been ordered to pay $300,000 in fines and $175,000 to reimburse the state for its legal costs.
This is not the first time that the anesthesiologist's medical license has been revoked. In 2001, while living in London, he was convicted of negligent manslaughter when a patient died after being sedated for a tooth extraction. He was stripped of his license to practice medicine in England, and he moved to New Jersey sometime later. His New Jersey medical license was suspended in 2003 because he had failed to disclose his manslaughter conviction to the medical board. That suspension lasted six months.
The individuals who were injured by the man's medical negligence may have claims for compensation through the civil court system. A personal injury lawyer may be able to assist injured parties developing a case that suggests the injuries suffered could have been avoided and that the doctor in question might be liable for damages.