The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners (the "Board") has taken the following actions in November 2008. This information is a summary prepared by the Board Administrative Office staff. Copies of the Orders can be found at www.njmedicalboard.gov under the right-hand pull down menu, "Board Activities," "Monthly Summaries." Requests for certified, true copies should be made in writing directed to William V. Roeder, Executive Director, P.O. Box 183, Trenton, New Jersey 08625.
FRANKEL, Lee J., D.P.M.
7 Swan Court
Marlboro, NJ 07746
CA Sch of Pod Med - Samuel Merritt, 1980
CONSENT ORDER OF REINSTATEMENT OF LICENSURE WITH RESTRICTIONS filed November 19, 2008. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of a request from Dr. Frankel requesting the reinstatement of his license. On October 22, 1999, the Board filed a Final Order revoking Dr. Frankel's license after he pled guilty to one count of attempted theft. On August 22, 2007, Dr. Frankel appeared before a Committee of the Board to discuss his petition for reinstatement of his license to practice podiatric medicine and surgery in New Jersey and his compliance with the requirements of the Final Order. The Board requested Dr. Frankel undergo an assessment of his clinical skills since he been out of practice for eight years. The Board reviewed the assessment report dated July 10, 2008, which revealed "there are no clinical or academic barriers to Dr. Frankel's reinstatement as a licensed podiatrist" but it was recommended that if Dr. Frankel's license be reinstated, then he should be required to complete additional CME hours. The report further noted that the evaluation was not a practical or pyschomotor assessment and therefore, it did not determine Dr. Frankel's competence to perform surgery. Dr. Frankel agreed to the terms of this Order and the Board found he had satisfied the requirements of the October 22, 1999 Final Order. Furthermore, he satisfied the Board's request for an assessment. The Board determined that the within disposition is adequately protective of the public health, safety and welfare. The Board ordered and Dr. Frankel agreed to his license to practice podiatric medicine be reinstated upon fulfillment of all application requirements, including the payment of all fees, with the following restrictions for a minimum of one year following the filing of this Consent Order. Dr. Frankel will only be permitted to practice in a supervised practice with a pre-approved, podiatric Board licensee who will review all of his patient charts; have his office surgical practice limited to digital soft tissue and osseous procedures; perform hallux valgus (bunionectomies) and surgical procedures proximal to the metatarsophalangeal joints solely in a hospital or surgi-center under the supervision of a podiatric licensee pre-approved by the Board; ensure the pre-approved Board podiatric licensee submit quarterly reports directly to the Board for a minimum of one year; and after a minimum of one year of supervised practice under this Order, Dr. Frankel may apply for removal of all restrictions on his license but he is to appear before a Committee of the Board prior to the removal of any of the restrictions set forth in this Consent Order. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 10, 2008.
GUZIK, David J., D.O.
1115 Arnold Ave.
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Univ. Of Medicine & Dentistry, 1991
THIS IS A NON-DISCIPLINARY PUBLIC ORDER
ORDER OF VOLUNTARY SURRENDER filed November 7, 2008. This matter was opened to the Board upon notification from the Professional Assistance Program ("PAP") that Dr. Guzik was not in compliance with his monitoring agreement. According to the PAP, Dr. Guzik was a participant in the program. In July and again in August 2008, he tested positive for alcohol consumption. Dr. Guzik confirmed that he started drinking during the closing of his medical practice. On October 20, 2008, Dr. Guzik testified before the Board's Impairment Review Committee and testified that he had not enrolled in a Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or a inpatient treatment program due to financial reasons. Dr. Guzik represents that he is now voluntarily refraining from practice and that he has no active hospital privileges. Dr. Guzik is desirous of voluntarily surrendering his medical license in a NON DISCIPLINARY proceeding until such a time he can demonstrate his fitness to practice and have the support of the PAP. The New Jersey Board ordered and Dr. Guzik agreed to voluntarily surrender his license to practice medicine effective immediately. Dr. Guzik can apply for reinstatement of his license once he demonstrates his compliance with all terms imposed by the PAP; submission to the PAP and the Board of the circumstances under which he proposes to resume practice; submission of a recommendation from the Executive Medical Director of the PAP; submission of reports from each of his treating physicians and therapists; submission of all discharge summaries from every treatment program which he was enrolled in while his license was surrendered; submission of copies of all urine screen results from the PAP; and he must appear and testify before a Committee of the Board pursuant to his application for reinstatement. Dr. Guzik's license shall be reinstated upon adequate demonstration of compliance with his monitoring agreement and of his fitness to practice. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 7, 2008.
KOLLMER, W. Lance, M.D.
P. O. Box 1184
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742
Mayo Clinic, 1977
ORDER REINSTATING LICENSURE WITH CONDITIONS filed November 19, 2008.
This matter was reopened before the Board upon receipt of a petition for reinstatement of Dr. Kollmer's medical license, which was surrendered by Consent Order filed April 16, 2001. Dr. Kollmer surrendered his license in 2001, following a relapse into substance abuse at which time he entered into an inpatient drug treatment. Dr. Kollmer's history of substance abuse dates back to1986, when he became involved in the Physician's Assistance Program"(PAP") in Rhode Island. In 1996, Dr. Kollmer enrolled in the PAP of New Jersey following a report of suspected substance abuse from a Medical Center. Dr. Kollmer relapsed again and re-enrolled in 2000. Dr. Kollmer was indicted in 2002 for disability insurance fraud for which he engaged in from 1999 to 2002. While criminal charges were still pending, Dr. Kollmer applied for the reinstatement of his license in March of 2005 and the Board decided to reinstate Dr. Kollmer's license in December 2005. Dr. Kollmer appeared at the Board offices to pay his renewal fees and a staff member of the Board detected the odor of alcohol on his breath and as a result, the Order reinstating Dr. Kollmer's license was rescinded on February 9, 2006, and his license remained suspended. In May of 2006, Dr. Kollmer was convicted of two counts of second-degree theft by deception , sentenced to three years incarceration, and he was ordered to pay the insurance companies restitution in the amount of $925,170.69 and to pay a penalty in the amount of $100,000.00. After Dr. Kollmer's release from prison, he resumed his involvement with the PAP. Dr. Kollmer appeared before a Committee of the Board to discuss reinstatement of his license on July 16, 2008. The Board found Dr. Kollmer demonstrated that he had not abused psychoactive substances for more than a year and having been convicted of serious insurance fraud, he engaged in the use or employment of dishonesty, fraud, deception or misrepresentation; professional misconduct; and being convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude and relating adversely to the practice of medicine. The Board noted that Dr. Kollmer has already been out of practice for seven years as a result of his substance abuse and criminal conviction. The Board ordered and Dr. Kollmer agreed to be reprimand for his criminal conduct. Upon entry of this Order, Dr. Kollmer's license to practice medicine shall be and hereby is suspended for a period three years, which will be applied retroactively and deemed served in the three years immediately preceding the entry of this Order. Dr. Kollmer's license is hereby reinstated, conditioned upon his compliance with all terms and conditions of this Order. Dr. Kollmer must, prior to resuming the active practice of medicine, successfully pass a Special Purpose Examination("SPEX") and provide acceptable documentation of same to the Board; he must maintain complete abstinence from psychoactive substances unless prescribed by a physician for a legitimate medical purpose; he is to attend and document attendance at AA meetings at least three times a week; he is to submit to random urine screens under the auspices of the PAP to be conducted randomly, twice a week for six months; he is to appear for face-to-face follow-up with the PAP; he is to ensure quarterly reports to the Board from the PAP regarding his compliance; he is undergo a psychiatric evaluation by a board-approved psychiatrist and follow treatment recommendations; and he has agreed to limit his employment to a supervised position only. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 19, 2008.
MEHTA, Lalitkumar, M.D.
1201 Summit Ave.
Union City, NJ 07087
M.P. Shah Med School, 1975
AMENDED CONSENT ORDER filed November 26, 2008. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that Dr. Mehta was indicted on two counts of committing criminal sexual contact against two female patients on February 18, 2004. On February 25, 2004, an Administrative Complaint was filed against Dr. Mehta seeking the temporary suspension of his license to practice medicine. On March 24, 2004, the Board temporarily suspended Dr. Mehta's license to practice medicine. On June 2, 2005, the Board and Dr. Mehta entered into a Consent Order wherein Dr. Mehta's medical license was suspended for two years retroactive to March 24, 2004, of which the first eighteen months was an active suspension with the remaining six months stayed and served as probation; he was ordered to pay costs in the amount of $13,169.75 and a penalty in the amount of $10,000.00; he was required upon his return to active status to have another medical practitioner supervise him; he must have a chaperone during all examination of any patients; he must exclude obstetrics and gynecology from his medical practice; he was to complete a Board-approved medical ethics course; and he needed to submit to the Medical Director of the Board the psychological report concerning his evaluation. On April 26, 2006, Dr. Mehta appeared with counsel at an inquiry before the Preliminary Evaluation Committee ("PEC") of the Board to request an Amended Consent Order including only those terms of the July 2, 2005 Consent Order not yet fulfilled and clarifying the duties of his physician supervisor. Dr. Mehta offered evidence and testimony that he had up to that time fulfilled the terms of the July 2, 2005 Consent Order and on August 9, 2006, the Board determined that a new Consent Order could be issued to clarify the terms of the prior Consent Order. A proposed Consent Order was forwarded in April 2007, but never finalized. Thereafter on May 9, 2008, Dr. Mehta's counsel requested the Board to modify Dr. Mehta's July 2, 2005 Consent Order so that he is no longer required to work with a physician supervisor. On August 13, 2008, the Board determined that Dr. Mehta no longer required a physician supervisor based upon a review of the matter and submissions to the Board. The Board ordered and Dr. Mehta agreed that for his office based practice, he will have a Board-approved chaperone present whenever he is in the presence of any female patient. For his hospital based practice, he will be accompanied by a hospital appointed chaperone at all times during physical examinations of female patients. His practice of medicine cannot include any obstetrics or gynecology. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 26, 2008.
RANELLE, Robert George, D.O.
9 Stites Avenue
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Texas Coll of Osteo Med, 1982
ORDER GRANTING UNRESTRICTED LICENSURE filed November 7, 2008. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that on August 25, 2006, Dr. Ranelle entered into an Agreed Order with the Texas Board. The Agreed Order stated Dr. Ranelle failed to meet the standard of care and failed to maintain adequate medical records for three patients. Pursuant to a Consent Order filed with the New Jersey Board on April 19, 2007, Dr. Ranelle acknowledge the Agreed Order filed with the Texas Board and consented to appear before the Board or a Committee thereof prior to resuming practice in New Jersey to demonstrate fitness to practice in New Jersey and that he is in full compliance with the Agreed Order of the Texas Board. On September 24, 2008, Dr. Ranelle appeared before a Committee of the Board and petitioned for an unrestricted licensure. Dr. Ranelle demonstrated that he is fit to practice medicine in New Jersey and that he is complying with the Texas Board Order. The New Jersey Board ordered an unrestricted license to Dr. Ranelle to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 7, 2008.
ROJO, Rodolfo, M.D.
4711 Wellington St.
Philadelphia, PA 19135-1320
La Salle Univ., 1982
FINAL ORDER OF DISCIPLINE filed November 13, 2008. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that on or about December 15, 2007, Dr. Rojo executed a Voluntary Surrender Form with the North Carolina Board. Thereafter, on or about April 29, 2008, the North Carolina Board issued a Notice of Revocation which provided for the revocation of Dr. Rojo's medical license if he did not request a hearing within 60 days. The Notice of Revocation was based upon Dr. Rojo's felony conviction. On or about June 5, 2008, Dr. Rojo pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute Phentermine and a Judgment of Conviction was entered. The North Carolina Board did not receive a response and accordingly, an Entry of Revocation was entered on August 6, 2008, revoking Dr. Rojo's North Carolina medical license by operation of law effective July 7, 2008. The disciplinary action taken by the North Carolina Board provided grounds for the New Jersey Board to take disciplinary action against Dr. Rojo's license to practice medicine in New Jersey, in that, his North Carolina license to practice medicine had been revoked, and for his conviction of a felony. The New Jersey Board ordered Dr. Rojo's license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey revoked. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 13, 2008.
STRUBLE, Dale W., M.D.
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
ORDER OF SUSPENSION filed November 24, 2008. This matter was opened to the Board upon notification from the Professional Assistance Program (PAP) that Dr. Struble was in non-compliant with the requirements of the PAP. Dr. Struble was a participant in the PAP and violated the conditions of a Private letter Agreement (PLA) between him and the PAP dated November 11, 2006. Dr. Struble maintained years of sobriety from his enrollment in the Alternative Resolution Program in 1995 until 2002 when he suffered a relapse into the abuse of prescription medication. Dr. Struble sustained three and a half years of documented recovery and then relapsed in 2006. Thereafter, for more than two years, Dr. Struble maintained sobriety until his recent relapse in July 2008. Following a report stating that Dr. Struble had the odor of alcohol on his breath while at work, the PAP summoned him. Dr. Struble appeared before the PAP on July 28, 2008, and reported he had not reported his alcohol usage but readily admitted he had experienced a relapse. On October 20, 2008, Dr. Struble appeared before the Impairment Review Committee (IRC) and testified about his relapse and his work in recovery. The Board found Dr. Struble's non-compliance with the program dictated by the PAP was not only indicative of a relapse but also a violation of a Board Order. The Board ordered and Dr. Struble agreed to his medical license be suspended for one year, with four months of active suspension, effective retroactively from July 28, 2008. Dr. Struble must continue to participate in the PAP monitoring program and comply with all of it requirements for his continued treatment and recovery; he is to maintain complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol with the exception of medication prescribed by a treating physician; he is to have random twice weekly monitoring until he has attained a full year of documented ongoing recovery; he is to continue aftercare counseling; he is to attend AA meetings at least five times a week; he is to have monthly face-to-face follow-up with a representative of the PAP; and he is to provide regular status reports to the IRC. EFFECTIVE DATE: July 28, 2008.
Vasoya, Pravin B, M.D.
Washington Township Neurology Assoc.
438 Ganttown Road, Ste. B-3
Sewell, NJ 08080
BJ Med Col/Gujarat Univ, India, 1991
CONSENT ORDER GRANTING SURRENDER OF LICENSE, TO BE DEEMED A REVOCATION filed November 26, 2008. This matter was opened to the Board upon notification that on October 3, 2008, in the United States District Court of New Jersey Dr. Vasoya waived prosecution by Indictment and pled guilty to one count information alleging that on April 29, 2008, he knowingly and intentionally distributed, dispensed and possessed with the intent to distribute and dispense a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of oxycodone(in the form of Oxycontin and Roxicodone prescriptions) a Schedule II controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice, in violation of 21 U.C.S 841 (a) (1) and (b) (1) ©. Dr. Vasoya's federal sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2009. Pursuant to an Order Setting Conditions of Release filed in the United States District Court of New Jersey on June 19, 2008, Dr. Vasoya, inter alia, is prohibited from prescribing, writing, calling in prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances; and he must surrender his remaining prescription blanks to pretrial services. The Board ordered and Dr. Vasoya agreed to surrender his license to practice medicine and surgery, to be deemed a revocation, on January 12, 2009. On January 12, 2009, Dr. Vasoya mut return his original New Jersey medical license, his biennial registration cards, his original CDS registration to the Board; and he must notify the DEA of the entry of this Order and provide proof of notification to the Board. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 26, 2008.
BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
William V. Roeder