New Jersey Statewide Navigation Bar
NJ Office of the Attorney General Banner
Division of Consumer Affairs

 
 

New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners
Public Disciplinary Notice
March 2006

The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners (the "Board") has taken the following actions in March 2006. 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.

BIERENBAUM, Robert, M.D.
License #MA052952
Centennial Med Center
1500 24th Avenue SW
P.O. Box 40
Minot, ND 58702-5755
Cornell Univ. College of Medicine, 1957
National Boards

CONSENT ORDER filed March 9, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board on September 11, 2002, when the Board reviewed a proposed Provisional Order of Discipline seeking the suspension of Dr. Bierenbaum's license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey. The proposed Provisional Order of Discipline was based on Dr. Bierenbaum's October 24, 2000 conviction of second degree murder for the death of his wife in New York. On or about December 20, 2000 Dr. Bierenbaum entered into a Surrender Order with the New York Board for Professional Medical Conduct in which he did not contest the charge of having been convicted in New York of murder in the second degree. On or about March 2, 2001, Dr. Bierenbaum also agreed to an Order revoking his license in North Dakota based on his conviction of second degree murder. The New York conviction provided grounds to take disciplinary action against Dr. Bierenbaum's New Jersey medical license. The Board ordered and Dr. Bierenbaum agreed to immediately surrender his license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey to be deemed a revocation with prejudice to seeking any future reinstatement thereof. In the event Dr. Bierenbaum's conviction of second degree murder is reversed on appeal, there would be an exception permitting him to petition the Board for reinstatement of his license to practice medicine in New Jersey. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 9, 2006.

 

CHAO, Tsai Chung, M.D.
License #MA057766
52 Stony Hill Drive
Morganville, NJ 07751
Zhejiang Med. University, 1969 FLEX Endorsement

ORDER REINSTATING LICENSE filed March 27, 2006. This matter was reopened to the Board upon receipt of a request from Dr. Chao to reinstate his medical license. Dr. Chao's license was placed on probation for two years, pursuant to the terms of an Order of Discipline filed on March 10, 2003, with the probation retroactive to August 31, 2000. The Order of Discipline was based upon the actions taken by the New York Board and the California Board. Pursuant to an Order entered on August 31, 2000, Dr. Chao's New York license was placed on probation for two years with specified conditions of probation and he was assessed a fine in the amount of $100,000 for Professional Medical Conduct. The New York order was based on uncontested charges that Dr. Chao had ordered and performed testing without medical justification, failed to record test results and failed to interpret test results so as to order the correct and necessary tests. Dr. Chao's California license was thereafter suspended for three years pursuant to the terms of an Order entered February 8, 2002, however, the suspension was stayed and Dr. Chao was instead placed on probation for three years with conditions and certain monetary assessments on or about March 10, 2003. The Order of Discipline entered by the New Jersey Board required Dr. Chao prior to resuming any active practice to appear before a Committee of the Board to demonstrate fitness to resume practice and to demonstrate that he had satisfied all probationary terms and conditions placed upon him within the Orders entered by the New York and California Medical Boards. Dr. Chao appeared before the New Jersey Board on November 23, 2005, testified and presented documentary evidence concerning his medical practice, continuing education and the status of his New York and California licenses. The evidence before the Board demonstrated that Dr. Chao fully complied with the requirements of the New York Order; that he completed the terms of probation in California; and that his California license was renewed and current as of April 28, 2005. The Board ordered the license of Dr. Chao to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey fully reinstated without condition or limitation. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 16, 2006.

 

DEVLIN, Thomas P., D.O.
License #MB026787
184 Dove Court
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Philadelphia College of Osteo, 1970
National Boards

FINAL ORDER OF DISCIPLINE filed March 15, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that Dr. Devlin was licensed to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey from 1973 until 1991 when his license was placed on inactive status. On or about December 6, 2002, Dr. Devlin pled guilty in a South Carolina District Court to conspiracy to distribute and distributing Schedule III controlled substances. Pursuant to a Plea Agreement, Dr. Devlin pled guilty to causing controlled substances to be dispensed outside the usual course of medical practice and for other than legitimate medical purposes; to defrauding health care benefit programs by submitting false claims; and laundering money with the intent to promote the carrying out of these unlawful activities. On or about June 9, 2004, the South Carolina Board issued a Final Order revoking Dr. Devlin's license to practice medicine based on his criminal conviction. The New Jersey Board found that the criminal action taken by the South Carolina District Court provided grounds to take disciplinary action against Dr. Devlin's license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey, in that, he engaged in acts constituting a crime or offense involving moral turpitude or relating adversely to the activity regulated by the Board; his license to practice medicine has been revoked by another state; he engaged in professional misconduct; and that he had prescribed or dispensed controlled dangerous substances indiscriminately or without good cause, or where he knew or should have known that the substances were to be used for unauthorized consumption or distribution. Based on the findings and conclusions, a Provisional Order of Discipline suspending Dr. Devlin's license to practice medicine in New Jersey was entered on October 26, 2005. The Board ordered Dr. Devlin's license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey suspended until such time as his license to practice medicine in South Carolina is fully reinstated without any restrictions. Prior to resuming active practice in New Jersey, Dr. Devlin will be required to appear before the Board or a Committee thereof to demonstrate his fitness to resume practice by showing that he has satisfied all requirements in any South Carolina disposition; that he is reinstated to practice medicine in South Carolina; and that all criminal dispositions entered against him by the District Court in South Carolina have been satisfied. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 15, 2006.

 

FINESMITH, Ross B. M.D.
License #MA058190
P.O. Box 308
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Chicago Medical School, 1991
National Boards

CONSENT ORDER OF VOLUNTARY SURRENDER filed March 27, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that on July 14, 2005, Dr. Finesmith was indicted in Superior Court for knowingly offering, through means, including the Internet, a photograph, computer program or file, or any other reproduction or reconstruction, which depicted a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act and knowingly possessing or knowingly viewing a photograph, computer program or file which depicted a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act, including on the Internet and also contained on various computer media. Although Dr. Finesmith license was currently active, he represented that he had not practiced medicine since April 4, 2005. Dr. Finesmith sought leave to voluntarily surrender his license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey without prejudice and in accordance with the terms of this Order. The Board ordered and Dr. Finesmith agreed to surrender his license to practice medicine and surgery without prejudice. Dr. Finesmith returned his original New Jersey license, biennial registration cards, and his original CDS registration and he was required to notify the DEA of this Order. Dr. Finesmith is permitted to apply for reinstatement of his license upon resolution of the pending criminal charges. EFFECTIVE DATE: February 28, 2006.

 

GREENBAUM, Mark G., M.D.
License #MA068856
280 North Central Park Ave.
Hartsdale, N.Y. 10530-1832
Univ Auto De GuadaleJara, 1980
FLEX Endorsement

FINAL ORDER OF DISCIPLINE filed March 15, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that on or about March 6, 2002, in a Plea Allocation Proceeding in the United States District Court, Dr. Greenbaum pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, Mail Fraud, and Making False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters and Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud. Under the terms, Dr. Greenbaum agreed to forfeit to the United States approximately $1.3 million traceable to the commission of the offenses. On or about February 9, 2005, the Court filed a Judgment in the criminal case that accepted the his guilty pleas, and sentenced him to 3 years probations, eighty hours of community services and a $200.00 assessment. On or about May 26, 2005, the New York Board issued a Commissioner's Order and Notice of Hearing against Dr. Greenbaum's license to practice medicine in New York. Pursuant to the New York Order, Dr. Greenbaum will not practice medicine in New York or in any other jurisdiction where that practice is dependent on a valid New York license to practice medicine. Dr. Greenbaum's failure to submit his biennial renewal in 2001 resulted in a lapsed license status and the New York Order and guilty plea provide grounds to automatically suspend his license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey. Based on the foregoing findings and conclusions, a Provisional Order of Discipline suspending Dr. Greenbaum's license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey was entered on September 21, 2005. The New Jersey Board ordered Dr. Greenbaum's license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey suspended. Prior to resuming active practice in New Jersey, he will be required to appear before the Board, or a Committee thereof, to demonstrate fitness to resume practice; show that he has satisfied all requirements of the New York disposition; that he is reinstated to the practice of medicine in New York; and he must demonstrate that he has satisfied the terms of any criminal disposition. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 15, 2006.

 

JACKSON, Michael D., M.D.
License #MA054171
2130 Robin Drive
Auburn, AL 36830
University of Medicine and Dentistry, 1988
National Boards

FINAL ORDER OF DISCIPLINE filed March 30, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that on or about March 26, 2003, Dr. Jackson executed a Voluntary Surrender of his certificate of qualification and license to practice medicine in Alabama while under investigation by the Alabama Board. Dr. Jackson held a license to practice medicine in New Jersey from November 29, 1989 until June 30, 1993, after which time he permitted his license to lapse. On or about June 9, 2004, the South Carolina Board issued a Final Order revoking Dr. Jackson's license to practice medicine based on having been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude as evidenced by his conviction on February 10, 2003, in South Carolina District Court for conspiring to distribute or dispense a controlled substance, multiple counts of distributing and dispensing controlled substances for other than legitimate medical purposes; conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering; failing to respect the law; and engaging in a unprofessional conduct that is likely to harm the public. The above criminal action taken by the South Carolina District Court against Dr. Jackson's license to practice medicine provides grounds for the New Jersey Board to take disciplinary action against him, in that, he engaged in acts constituting a crime or offense involving moral turpitude or relating adversely to the activity regulated by the Board; his license's to practice medicine has been revoked by another State; he engaged in professional misconduct; and he has prescribed or dispensed controlled dangerous substances indiscriminately or without good cause, or where he knew or should have known that the substances were to be used for unauthorized consumption or distribution. A Provisional Order of Discipline(POD) seeking to suspend Dr. Jackson's license to practice medicine was entered on November 17, 2005. The New Jersey Board ordered the license of Dr. Jackson to practice medicine suspended until such time as he is fully reinstated without any restrictions in South Carolina and Alabama. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 30, 2006.

 

KEEN, Monte Steven., M.D.
License #MA050242
42 Blanche Avenue
Demarest, NJ 07627-2139
University of California, 1981
National Boards

ORDER REINSTATING LICENSE WITH CONDITIONS filed March 24, 2006. This matter was re-opened to the Board upon receipt of a request from Dr. Keen to reinstate his license to practice medicine and surgery. Dr. Keen's medical license was suspended in New York for an indefinite period of time, not to be less than twelve months, pursuant to the terms of a Consent Order he entered in with the New York Board for Professional Medical Conduct on February 8, 2000. The New York action was based upon uncontested charges that he engaged in fraudulent practice, failed to maintain records, and that he was a habitual abuser of alcohol or dependent on or a habitual user of narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens or other drugs having similar effects, or that he had a psychiatric condition which impaired his ability to practice. Dr. Keen's license to practice medicine in New Jersey was thereafter suspended by an Order filed June 15, 2000, which provided that Dr. Keen was to refrain from engaging in the practice of medicine in New Jersey until such time as a Supplemental Order might be entered in New York staying the indefinite suspension of his license and until he appeared before a Committee of the Board to demonstrated that he was fit to resume the practice of medicine. On or about October 30, 2003, Dr. Keen entered into a Modified Consent Order in New York, pursuant to which his license to practice medicine in New York was suspended for an additional period of time of not less than twelve months. The Order recited that the continuation of suspension was attributable to the state of his recovery and his continuing incapacity as of January 18, 2002. Dr. Keen appeared before a Committee of the New York Board on June 14, 2005, seeking a stay of the suspension of his license and entry of an Order that would allow him to resume practice in New York. A Modified Order was entered in New York pursuant to which the suspension of his New York license was stayed and a period of probation of seven years was imposed, with significant conditions placed upon his practice during the period of probation to include, without limitation, conditions that his sobriety and practice be subject to monitoring and that his practice be limited for at least the first twelve months. Dr. Keen appeared before the New Jersey Board on November 23, 2005, accompanied by Dr. Baxter, Medical Director of the Professional Assistance Program (PAP) and testified at length about his prior use of drugs and the treatment he had received since his license was suspended and about the continuing medical education and other activities in which he had engaged since his license was first suspended in New York. Dr. Baxter stated that the PAP supported Dr. Keen's application for reinstatement, provided that the reinstatement was with conditions to include continued monitoring and his continued participation with the PAP. Dr. Baxter further provided documentation demonstrating all random urine tests conducted between February 2002 and October 2005 had been negative. The Board ordered and Dr. Keen agreed to his license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey be reinstated with the condition of his compliance with all terms and conditions in this Order. Dr. Keen is to maintain absolute abstinence from the use of all psychoactive substances including alcohol, unless prescribed by a treating physician; continue to enroll in and actively participate with the PAP; be subject to random urine monitoring at a frequency of not less than two random weekly for not less than six months, and thereafter not less than once a week for the following six months; attend NA or AA meetings no less than 3 meetings per week; continue to engage in continued therapy with Dr. Washton; have a practice monitor who is approved by the Board; and to limit his medical practice to practice only in a group setting at a location that must be pre-approved by the Board. In the event Dr. Keen engages in any practice of surgery, he can only perform minor surgical procedures or assist other physicians in his group practice in the performance of major surgical procedures. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 23, 2006.

 

LEE, Kyu, AT
License # MT00130100
2 Caravel Court Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Rutgers University, 2002

CONSENT ORDER filed March 24, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon the application of Kyu Lee for a license to practice Athletic Training in New Jersey. The Board received information alleging Mr. Lee had been practicing without a license from August 2003 until September 2005. Mr. Lee was licensed on September 20, 2005. The Board ordered and Mr. Lee agreed to be reprimanded for practicing athletic training without being licensed. Mr. Lee will pay a civil penalty in the amount of $320.00. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 23, 2006.

 

MASSOOD, Stephen, D.O.
License #MB063095
Orthopaedic Assoc.
15-01 Broadway, Ste. 20
Fairlawn, NJ 07410-6003
Seton Hall University, 1987
National Boards

CONSENT ORDER OF VOLUNTARY SURRENDER filed March 24, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of a report from the Professional Assistance Program (PAP) that Dr. Massood had relapsed into his abuse of cocaine as evidenced by his acknowledgment of his relapse. Dr. Massood was accepted into the Alternate Resolution Program (ARP) of the PAP on August 15, 2005 following his self referral for cocaine abuse. He entered into a Private Letter Agreement with the PAP with the understanding that should he fail to comply with the stipulations set forth or should he relapse into abuse of cocaine, an immediate notification of his identity would be made to the Board. Pursuant to that agreement, Dr. Massood has not practice medicine since June of 2005. On or about March 11, 2006, the PAP alerted the Board that Dr. Massood had relapsed into the abuse of cocaine while home on leave from his last treatment facility. The Board Ordered and Dr. Massood agreed to voluntary surrender his license to practice medicine for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of this Order. Dr. Massood will immediately return his original New Jersey license, his current biennial registration, his CDS registration, and advise the DEA of this Order. Dr. Massood will comply fully with the monitoring program established by the PAP; attend 90 meetings of AA in 90 days; have random urine monitoring under the supervision of the PAP; meet face-to-face with PAP at least once a month; and participate in aftercare as prescribed by the Executive Director of the PAP. If Dr. Massood seeks licensure in a State other than New Jersey, he authorizes the PAP to inform the licensing board of that State of the current status of his recovery and his compliance with this Order. Prior to restoration of his license in New Jersey, he will appear before the Board, or a committee thereof, to discuss his readiness to reenter the practice of medicine; provide the Board with evidence that he is capable of discharging the functions of a licensee; provide the Board with discharge summaries from any in-patient programs and reports from each and every mental health professional; provide the Board with a report from the PAP detailing the nature and extent of his involvement with that entity; affirmatively establish his fitness, competence and capacity to reenter the active practice of medicine and surgery; and provide the Board with a full account of his conduct during the intervening period of time from the entry of this Order to his appearance. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 23, 2006

 

MOSKOWITZ, Myron A., D.P.M.
MA001058
17 Sylvan St., Ste. 202
Rutherford, NJ 07070-2000
CA School of Podiatric Medicine - Samuel Merritt, 1976
National Boards

CONSENT ORDER filed March 29, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information pertaining to Dr. Moskowitz' practice of Podiatric medicine without a current license. Dr. Moskowitz held a Podiatrist license in New Jersey at all times, although he has lacked a valid license since November 30, 2003. On January 25, 2006, Dr. Moskowitz appeared before a Committee of the Board, testified and admitted for economic reasons that on or about February 2, 2000, he failed to acquire malpractice liability insurance and has not held such insurance since that date; that he relinquished his hospital privileges when he decided not to acquire malpractice insurance; that on his 2001-2003 biennial renewal application submitted to the Board, he falsely certified that he maintained the required malpractice insurance; his license lapsed on October 31, 2003 and he failed to renew his biennial license as required; his license's to practice Podiatric medicine was suspended automatically due to his non-renewal; he continued to practice Podiatric medicine from February 2000 until February 8, 2006; he continued to practice medicine without malpractice insurance and without a current license from October 31, 2003 until February 8, 2006; he billed insurance companies and government insurance programs for medical services provided despite a valid license; he continued to practice medicine until on or about February 8, 2006 after receiving notice from the Board in December 2005, stating his license was suspended; and he failed to complete the statutorily requisite Continuing Medical Education. A Provisional Order of Discipline ("POD") was filed with the Board on February 27, 2006. This Consent Order resolves all issues raised by the POD. The Board ordered and Dr. Moskowitz agreed to his license to practice podiatric medicine and surgery be suspended for three years, with the first year serving as an active suspension and the reminder served as probation. Dr. Moskowitz will successfully complete a Board approved ethics course; pay penalties in the amount of $10,000 before reinstatement; return his original CDS registration; complete 100 hours of Board-approved community service within one year of this Order; and prior to resuming active practice, he will be required to appear before the Board, or a Committee thereof, to demonstrate fitness to resume practice and satisfaction of all requirements. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 29, 2006.

 

NAHAS, Frederic , M.D.
License #MA034979
24 Seaview Drive
Longport, NJ 08403
Temple University, 1974
National Boards

ORDER REINSTATING LICENSE filed March 23, 2006. This matter was reopened to the Board when Dr. Nahas appeared before a Committee of the Board on December 21, 2005, as required by his Consent Order previously filed on April 29, 2005. Pursuant to the April 29, 2005 Consent Order, Dr. Nahas was suspended for nine months effective April 13, 2005. Dr. Nahas was required during his suspension to take and successfully complete both an ethics course and a medical record keeping course approved by the Board and to pay costs in the amount of $8,591.00. When appearing before a Committee of the Board on December 21, 2005, Dr. Nahas demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board that he had complied with all requirements. The Board ordered the license of Dr. Nahas to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey reinstated effective January 14, 2006. For one year beginning January 14, 2006 and continuing through January 13, 2007, Dr. Nahas will meet with the Medical Director of the Board on a quarterly basis. EFFECTIVE DATE: January 14, 2006.

 

PARIKH, Prashant P., M.D.
License # MA068675
112 Veronica Lane
Lansdale, PA 19446-6375
Grant Med Col, 1984
USMLE

CONSENT ORDER filed March 9, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of a Consent Order issued on May 3, 2005 by the North Carolina Medical Board. On June 9, 2005, the New Jersey Board and Dr. Parikh entered into a Consent Order mirroring the North Carolina Order wherein Dr. Parikh agreed to having his license suspended for one year, with the entirety of the suspension stayed. Dr. Parikh also was required to appear before the Board, or a Committee thereof, in the event he sought to commence the practice of medicine in New Jersey. As a result of this action, Dr. Parikh was terminated from further participation in the health care plan of Independence Blue Cross(IBS) in Pennsylvania. The termination was based on him not meeting IBS's credentialing criteria of possessing a current unrestricted license, not subject to probation, proctoring requirements or other disciplinary action to practice in each state in which he is licensed. By a subsequent Consent Order filed November 22, 2005, the North Carolina Board directed that the terms and conditions of the May 3, 2005 Consent Order would no longer remain in effect and Dr. Parikh would be relieved of any continuing obligations thereunder. Likewise Dr. Parikh petitioned the New Jersey Board for a new Order terminating the stayed suspension so that he would have a current unrestricted medical license since it appears that Dr. Parikh has a medical license in Pennsylvania that is in good standing. Dr. Parikh enrolled in and successfully completed a Board approved ethics course with documentation showing fulfillment and completion of complying with the June 9, 2005 Consent Order. The Board ordered and Dr. Parikh agreed to the termination of the one year period of suspension, which was stayed in its entirety and imposed by the entry of a Consent Order on June 9, 2005. Dr. Parikh does not actively practice in New Jersey, but should he seek to commence the practice of medicine and surgery in New Jersey, he will be required to appear before the Board or a Committee thereof to demonstrate fitness to practice and to discuss his practice plans. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 8, 2006.

 

PATEL, Piyush V., M.D.
License #MA039285
310 Ruckman Road
Closter, NJ 07624-2328
BJ Medical College, 1984
FLEX Endorsement

CONSENT ORDER OF VOLUNTARY SURRENDER OF LICENSURE filed March 9, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information revealing Dr. Patel held a New Jersey license from 1987 until 1997 after which he permitted his license to lapse. On or about August 28, 1999, the Texas Board issued a Consent Order requiring him to pay an administrative penalty in the amount of $2,500.00 based on his failure to maintain adequate medical records on a patient. On or about October 30, 2000, the New York Board issued a Consent Agreement and Order based on the Texas Board action and fined Dr. Patel $2,500.00. On or about October 4, 2002, the district Court of Texas found Dr. Patel guilty, based on a plea of guilty of Misprision of Felony and was sentenced to 3 years probation. The action taken against Dr. Patel was based on his misrepresentations to the United States Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, and the United States Immigration and naturalization Service about a physician issued a J-1 Visa. On or about October 20, 2003, the New York Board filed a Statement of Charges against Dr. Patel alleging he violated New York Education Law, based on his conviction on October 4, 2002 of committing an act constituting a crime under federal law. On or about October 29, 2003, the New York Board entered a Surrender Order adopting the terms and conditions of the agreement executed by Dr. Patel on October 17, 2003, wherein he agreed to surrender his license to practice medicine in New York. On or about April 8, 2005, the Texas Board entered a Final Order revoking Dr. Patel's license, staying the revocation and placing him on probation for a term of 10 years. On or about May 3, 2005, the United States District Court found Dr. Patel guilty based on a plea of guilty of defrauding Medicare. On or about August 26, 2005, the Texas Board entered an Agreed Order revoking Dr. Patel's license to practice medicine in Texas. Dr. Patel wishing to resolve this matter without formal proceedings with the New Jersey Board, agreed to voluntarily surrender his license's for 5 years from the entry of this Order, without prejudice to his ability to apply for reinstatement after the 5 year term has lapsed. Dr. Patel will cease and desist from any practice of medicine and surgery in New Jersey immediately upon entry of this Order, and surrender his original license certificate. In the event Dr. Patel seeks reinstatement of his license after 5 years has lapsed, he will be required to appear before the Board, or a Committee thereof, to demonstrate fitness to resume practice and that he has satisfied all requirements of any sister state order or criminal dispositions. He also must demonstrate that his license to practice medicine in Texas has been restored without any restrictions. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 9, 2006.

 

PRESILLA, Alejandro, M.D.
License # MA035461
322 49th Street
Union City, NJ 07087-5108
Univ De Valladolid, Fac De Medicine, 1974
FLEX Endorsement

CONSENT ORDER AMENDING PRIOR ORDER AND RESTORING ACTIVE LICENSE filed March 22, 2006. This matter was most recently opened to the Board on a request by Dr. Presilla for the reinstatement of an active license to practice medicine and surgery and permission to move to the next phase of his Education Plan created in December 2003 by the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians ("CPEP") and developed pursuant to the Initial Consent Order filed November 16, 2004. Dr. Presilla's license was suspended by the Board in the Initial Order, dated November 16, 2004, following an investigation of his laboratory practices and medical practice. Dr. Presilla has participated in the CPEP since December 2003, actively addressing areas requiring remediation that were identified. In September 2005, Dr. Presilla received a limited license for the purpose of effectuating the CPEP remediation plan. The Board ordered and Dr. Presilla agreed to the reinstatement of his medical license to an active status effective immediately on entry of this Order, but will remain subject to a 3 year stayed suspension, to be served as probation. Dr. Presilla must continue to remediate any and all deficiencies identified in the CPEP evaluation; participate in the Board-approved focused education program ("Education Plan") developed by CPEP; successfully complete any and all supplemental follow-up and remediation required; work under the supervision and responsibility of the education preceptors approved by CPEP at all times during the implementation of Phase II; agrees to never in the future own or operate a clinical laboratory; pay penalties in the amount of $40,000; and have a Board-approved practice monitor in place at any medical setting in which he is employed until he has completed his probation period. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 23, 2006.

 

RAGI, Gangaram, M.D.
License #MA056750
6 Spruce Hollow
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Gandhi Medical College, India 1978
FLEX Endorsement

FINAL CONSENT ORDER OF REPRIMAND WITH RESTRICTION ON PRACTICE filed March 16, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board jointly by the office of the Attorney General and by the lawyers for Gangaram Ragi, M.D. An indictment alleged that Dr. Ragi, committed sexual assault and criminal sexual contact upon a patient. The Board entered an Interim Consent Order on June 11, 2003, and Dr. Ragi consented to the form and entry of the Interim Order. The Board entered another, superceding Second Interim Consent Order on November 15, 2004, to which Dr. Ragi also consented. In order to avoid further proceedings in this case, Dr. Ragi consented and agreed to the terms of this Final Consent Order in which Dr. Ragi is reprimanded for violating N.J.S.A. 45:1-21 (e) and N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.3. Dr. Ragi shall not engage in the practice of medicine with any female patient. Additionally, Dr. Ragi shall successfully complete a course in boundary violations no later than June 30, 2006, which must be pre approved by the Director of Medical Education. For purposes of this Consent Order, "successful completion" of a course shall mean that Dr. Ragi attended all sessions of the course, fully participated in the course, and received a final evaluation of an unconditional pass. Dr. Ragi shall pay a civil penalty of $10,000.00 and also pay in full the Board's costs in this matter, with such costs being fixed in the amount of $21,560.00, which shall be paid no later than April 1, 2006. All other Orders in this case are hereby vacated in their entirety. This Consent Order shall be a full and final disposition of whatever claims the Board could have asserted against Dr. Ragi based upon these allegations. Nothing in this Order shall preclude the Board from investigating, bringing a complaint based upon, or imposing additional and different discipline upon Dr. Ragi for any other claims of wrongful conduct. The Board shall retain jurisdiction to enforce the terms of this Order. EFFECTIVE DATE: Msarch 16, 2006

 

RESKOF, David A., M.D.
License #MA025798
21 White Street
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702-4440
University of Pittsburgh, 1960
National Boards

CONSENT ORDER OF REVOCATION WITH PREJUDICE filed March 16, 2006. This matter was first opened to the Board upon receipt of a complaint from Dr. Reskof's patient, D.K. An investigation was commenced on behalf of the Board and Dr. Reskof, a Board certified psychiatrist, submitted a written response to the complaint together with treatment records. On or about January 25, 2006, Dr. Reskof appeared and provided sworn testimony before a Committee of the Board. During this appearance, Dr. Reskof identified notes, cards and gifts that he had provided to D.K. According to D.K., she and Dr. Reskof engaged in a lengthy sexual relationship during the time that she was his patient and during this same period of time, he was functioning as an expert witness in a custody dispute arising from her divorce litigation. D.K. substantiated these allegations with e-mails, cards, letters and gifts of a clearly intimate nature which appeared to have come from Dr. Reskof. Dr. Reskof in the course of his testimony and in his written submission to the Board, admitted an inappropriate sexual relationship with D.K. beginning in or about late 1999 and continuing until approximately the end of 2000. Dr. Reskof recognized that he should have sought consultation with other professionals and/or terminated the treatment relationship, however, he testified that he had never taken either of those steps. Dr. Reskof denied that his reduction in the fee charged to D.K. was in any way connected to the sexual relationship and that inappropriate conduct occurred during treatment sessions but admits that some sexual activities followed office visits. Dr. Reskof expressed remorse for his conduct and acknowledged that his behavior was both wrong and unethical. The Board ordered and Dr. Reskof agreed to immediately cease practice and surrender his license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey. Said surrender will be deemed a revocation with prejudice to any future re-application. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 16, 2006.

 

SHARMA, Surendra M., M.D.
License #MA035859
596 River Road
Newburgh, NY 12550-1303
Maulana Azad/Dehli Univ., 1968
FLEX Endorsement

ORDER OF UNRESTRICTED LICENSURE filed March 9, 2006. This matter was reopened to the Board upon the petition of Dr. Sharma for relief from the terms of the Final Order entered by the Board on March 17, 1999. The Board is satisfied that Dr. Sharma has complied with all terms and conditions imposed upon his practice of medicine by the Final Order. Accordingly, the Board concludes that good cause exists to restore Dr. Sharma's license to practice medicine and surgery. The Board ordered the license of Dr. Sharma to practice medicine and surgery be unrestricted. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 9, 2006.

 

SISAM, Randall, L, D.O.
License #MB058530
737 Rutland Court
Sewell, NJ 08080
DesMoines U/Osteo Med Ctr, 1990
National Boards

CONSENT ORDER OF STAYED SUSPENSION AND PROBATION filed March 9, 2006. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that Dr. Sisam entered into a Consent Agreement and Order on September 14, 2005 with the New York Board which upon application by Dr. Sisam was made a part of a Consent Order filed by the New York Board on October 12, 2004. On or about September 9, 2005, the New York Board filed a Statement of Charges against Dr. Sisam alleging he committed professional misconduct by practicing the profession of medicine with gross negligence on a particular occasion and on more than one occasion; and practicing the profession of medicine with gross incompetence on more than one occasion. These allegations were based on his obstetrical medical care to Patient A who was admitted to the hospital on or about March 14, 2003 for a Caesarean section to be performed by him and was discharged on or about March 22, 2003. Dr. Sisam did not contest the charges of negligence and agreed in the Consent Agreement and Order for his medical license to be suspended for a one year period, with the suspension stayed. Dr. Sisam further agreed to be placed on probation for three years subject to certain terms which include a requirement for a practice monitor and the completion of a continuing medical education program in the area of Obstetrics with particular emphasis in the field of Operative Obstetrics. Dr. Sisam currently practices in Iowa. The New Jersey Board ordered and Dr. Sisam agreed to his New Jersey license be suspended for one year, with suspension stayed. Dr. Sisam license to practice medicine and surgery will be placed on probation for three years and in the event he wishes to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey prior to the conclusion of his probation, he will provide the Board with prior notice and appear before a Committee of the Board to demonstrate fitness and competency to practice; provide a full description of his employment and practice plans; provide all professional addresses and telephone numbers; and submit a current report of the status of his compliance with the terms of the Consent Order effective on October 19, 2005 by the New York Board. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 9, 2006.

SPEKTOR, Josif (Joseph) G., M.D.
License #MA048661
100 Old Palisade Rd., Apt. 2410
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Med. Institute, Odessa, 1965
FLEX Endorsement

ORDER REINSTATING LICENSE filed March 27, 2006. This matter was reopened to the Board upon receipt of a petition seeking reinstatement of his medical license by Dr. Spektor, which was suspended in New Jersey pursuant to a Final Order of Discipline filed on January 14, 2000. This action was taken by the New Jersey Board upon the action of the New York Board suspending Dr. Spektor's medical license and thereafter revoking them on August 11, 1999. The New York action was based upon charges that on 22 occasions (related to 20 specific patients), Dr. Spektor failed to meet acceptable standards of medical care regarding administration of anesthesia, and on charges that he had administered anesthesia simultaneously to two patients on multiple occasions. Dr. Spektor appeared pro se before a Committee of the New Jersey Board on November 23, 2005 and presented documentary evidence concerning the status of his New York license. Dr. Spektor petitioned the New York Board in 2003 for restoration of his license and was denied. The New York Board then entered an Order on January 8, 2004 staying the prior Order of Revocation of his license for eighteen months, and placing him on probation for eighteen months with conditions, including a requirement that his practice be supervised. Dr. Spektor submitted documentation evidencing that he had satisfied the terms and conditions of his New York probation and that his period of probation had ended effective June 1, 2005, therby currently holding a fully restored New York license without conditions or restrictions. Dr. Spektor additionally testified about the underlying events which led to the New York action, the medical practice that he has engaged in since January 2004, and the changes that he has made to the way in which he has practiced since the time he was allowed to resume the practice of medicine in New York. The Board finds that Dr. Spektor demonstrated that he now holds a plenary, unrestricted license in New York and was satisfied that he had demonstrated that he is currently fit to resume medical practice in New Jersey. The New Jersey Board ordered the license of Dr. Spektor to be fully reinstated without conditions or limitations. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 16, 2006.

WREIOLE, August L., D.O.
License #MB034165
422 Morris Avenue, Ste. 4
Long Branch, NJ 07740-6518
Philadelphia Col of Osteo., 1976
National Boards

CONSENT ORDER filed March 24, 2006. This matter was first opened to the Board upon receipt of information that on or about October 24, 2004, Dr. Wreiole was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, specifically cocaine. On December 20, 2004, Dr. Wreiole entered into an Interim Consent Order in which he voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey. In resolution of the criminal charge, Dr. Wreiole entered into Pretrial Intervention ("PTI") on April 18, 2005. After successfully completing all of the PTI conditions, Dr. Wreiole was officially discharged from PTI in March 2006. On January 4, 2006, Dr. Wreiole appeared with counsel and testified before a Committee of the Board seeking the reinstatement of his license. Dr. Wreiole testified that he had inhaled cocaine on almost a daily basis for approximately a year prior to his arrest. Dr. Baxter, Executive Medical Director of the Professional Assistance Program ("PAP"), also appeared and testified that he strongly supported Dr. Wreiole's application for reinstatement of his license. Dr. Baxter testified that Dr. Wreiole successfully completed an inpatient program and that he currently participates in an aftercare program with Dr. Washton, attends four AA meetings per week, meets with a PAP representative once a month, and undergoes random, twice weekly urine monitoring. Dr. Baxter further testified that Dr. Wreiole has been extremely compliant with his recovery regimen, and that he has been in documented, continuous, progressive recovery from his addiction to cocaine since October 2004. The Board ordered and Dr. Wreiole agreed to his license to practice medicine and surgery be suspended for 24 months, effective December 20, 2004, with the first 15 months active and the remainder to be stayed and served as probation. Dr. Wreiole is to maintain absolute abstinence from all psychoactive substances and alcohol, except upon prescription from a treating physician for a documented medical condition. He is to attend AA or NA meetings as directed by the PAP at a minimum of 4 times a week; remain in group aftercare with Dr. Washton; have his urine monitored by PAP on a random, unannounced twice a week for the first 6 months after resuming his practice of medicine; attend monthly face-to-face meetings with PAP for the first 6 months after resuming his practice of medicine; and to enroll in and successfully complete a Board-approved ethics course within 6 months of the filing of this Order. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 23, 2006.

ZAHL, Kenneth, M.D.
License #MA056413
343 Mount Hope Ave., Suite 506
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Columbia Univ. Coll. Of Phys. & Surg.
State Univ. Kings Country Hosp. Ctr, NY 1982
National Boards

ORDER ADOPTING DECISION AND ORDER OF THE BOARD'S HEARING COMMITTEE AND IMPOSING THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF LICENSE filed March 9, 2006. REPORT AND ORDER OF THE HEARING COMMITTEE OF THE NEW JERSEY STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS filed March 3, 2006. License of Kenneth Zahl, M.D., to practice medicine and surgery TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED, effective March 9, 2006, pending the completion of plenary proceedings upon a four count complaint filed on January 26, 2006. The Order of temporary suspension was based on findings that Dr. Zahl repeatedly and extensively violated the terms of two orders that had placed monitoring requirements on his practice. Without limitation, the Board found that Dr. Zahl violated the orders by personally performing certain procedures outside the presence of a required practice monitor and then claiming that the procedures had been performed by another physician employed by Dr. Zahl; by billing for procedures which he personally performed without submitting the bills for review by a required billing monitor; and by failing to adhere to determinations made by the monitors regarding the proper manner certain procedures were to be billed. The Order of temporary suspension was also based on findings that Dr. Zahl prepared false and misleading patient records, and that Dr. Zahl made false statements under oath when responding to an investigative demand served upon him by the Attorney General. EFFECTIVE: March 9, 2006.

THE NEW JERSEY STATE
BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS

William V. Roeder
Executive Director


bottom navigation graphic New Jersey Home Contact Us Privacy Notice Legal Statement
board of medical examiners: bme home | consumers | applicants | physicians & podiatrists | institutions | bme sitemap
division: consumer protection | complaint forms | licensing boards | adoptions | proposals | minutes | consumer briefs
departmental: lps home | contact us | news | about us | FAQs | library | employment | programs and units | services a-z
statewide: nj home | my new jersey | people | business | government | departments | search
Page last modified:
New Jersey Home My New Jersey People Business Government Departments