The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners (the "Board") has taken the following actions. This information is a summary prepared by the Board's Administrative Office staff. Requests for certified, true copies of the Board Orders should be made in writing directed to William V. Roeder, Executive Director, P.O. Box 183, Trenton, New Jersey 08625.
New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners
Public Disciplinary Notice
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BHOPALE, Vishwas Govind, M.D.
1515 2nd Avenue E
Post Office Box 1826
Willistown, ND 58802
Rangoon Medical College, Burma, 1960
CONSENT ORDER OF REINSTATEMENT WITH RESTRICTIONS filed April 29, 2003. This matter was opened to the Board based upon information that the North Dakota Board had placed Dr. Bhopale's license on probation subject to terms and conditions of an Amended Stipulation filed in December 1988. Dr. Bhopale's license to practice medicine in the State of North Dakota had been placed on probation. The Complaint alleged he engaged in a continued pattern of inappropriate care. He was ordered not to perform any bowel surgery, parathyroid surgery, thyroid gland surgery or laparoscopic appendectomy except in the presence of an assisting surgeon approved by the Board. He was ordered to participate in an education assessment and successfully complete all recommended courses of study and complete a medical record keeping course. Based upon Dr. Bhopale's admissions before the North Dakota Board, this Board filed a Provisional Order of Discipline on March 20, 2000. The Provisional Order was finalized in a Final Order of Discipline filed December 8, 2000 that suspended his license for one year and forbade him from practicing in the State of New Jersey until he demonstrated his fitness to practice and that he had fully complied with the terms of the North Dakota Order. On February 27, 2002, Dr. Bhopale appeared before a Committee of the Board seeking reinstatement of his New Jersey license. He provided the Board with evidence of his completion of course work required by North Dakota, as well as a letter from the Board of North Dakota confirming that he had complied with all of the CME requirements imposed and letters demonstrating that he had completed four surgeries under supervision. His license in North Dakota, however, continues to be on probation as he has not completed the supervision as required by its Order. Considering all the information before it, the Board concluded that Dr. Bhopale has completed the period of active suspension and therefore, his license is reinstated subject to the following restrictions. He may not perform any parathyroid surgery, thyroid or bowel surgeries in the State of New Jersey until such time as he can demonstrate compliance with the North Dakota's Order, namely, consultation and review by a named North Dakota surgeon of his first ten thyroid surgeries and the first ten bowel surgeries. EFFECTIVE DATE: APRIL 16, 2003.
JAMES, Darren, D.P.M.
3 Julia Lane
Hazlet, New Jersey 07205
New York College of Podiatric Medicine, 1991
Nat'l Board Endorsement
ORDER DENYING LICENSURE REINSTATEMENT filed April 28, 2003. This matter was opened before the Board upon a written application by Dr. James seeking reinstatement of his license to practice podiatry in the State of New Jersey. Dr. James' podiatry license was revoked in May 2000, effective April 26, 2000, following his convictions in both federal and state courts of Medicaid fraud and insurance fraud. The Order of Revocation provided that Dr. James could reapply for licensure after a minimum period of two years. Among other conditions set forth in the Order was the provision that no period of time would be counted toward the minimum period of revocation during which Dr. James practiced podiatry in any other state or jurisdiction. The Order also provided that Dr. James was to complete non-medical community service under a Board approved plan. He was ordered to pay civil penalties and costs. Dr. James, in support of his reinstatement application, appeared before a Committee of the Board. He testified that he had paid all penalties and costs and successfully completed an ethics course. With regard to community service, Dr. James claimed that he had completed it through working with the Monmouth County Boys Club, however, he could not provide proof that the Board approved this service. In fact, the records of the Board indicate that no such approval was granted by the Board. Concerning his employment activities since the revocation, Dr. James testified that he has taught as an adjunct professor and that he continued to practice podiatry in the State of New York at regular intervals since at least January 2001. During the hearing, Dr. James admitted that he never disclosed to New Jersey that he held licenses in New York and Pennsylvania. The full Board received the recommendation of the Committee and deliberated the issue of his application for reinstatement at its monthly Board meeting on April 9, 2003. The Board determined that the application should be denied. This decision was based on Dr. James' own admission that he had practiced podiatry during the period in which he was revoked in New Jersey. Therefore, the Board found for purposes of calculating the minimum period of time before application for reinstatement, that Dr. James has only completed eight months of the mandatory twenty-four month period. Additionally, the Board found that Dr. James did not truthfully answer the question on the biennial renewal application relating to other states in which he held licenses. Finally, the Board determined that whatever community service that may have been performed was not Board approved and that Dr. James has not kept up with his skills through continuing medical education and may be continuing to practice in New York in a substandard way. EFFECTIVE DATE: APRIL 20, 2003.
KELLOGG, William T., M.D.
131 Bellevue Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901-2022
University of Pennsylvania, 1972
National Board Endorsement
ORDER REINSTATING LICENSURE WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS filed April 7, 2003. This matter was reopened before the Board upon the receipt of a petition from Dr. Kellogg, dated December 20, 2002, for the removal of conditions that had been placed upon his license by operation of an Order by the Board entered on October 24, 2001. Pursuant to that Order, his license was reinstated with a condition that he comply with specified conditions to include that he complete the follow-up phase of a documentation seminar offered by the Colorado Personalized Education for Physicians' Program ("CPEP") and that he make certain patient records available for inspection and review by the Board. The Board received a final report from CPEP demonstrating that Dr. Kellogg did comply with the requirement that he complete the follow-up phase of the CPEP documentation seminar. Therefore, the Board was satisfied that Dr. Kellogg fully complied with the Board's Order and ordered his license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey be reinstated without restrictions. EFFECTIVE DATE: JANUARY 15, 2003.
LEVINE, Marc M., M.D.
18 Regency Way
Manalapan, NJ 07726-4266
University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ, 1983
National Board Endorsement
ORDER GRANTING UNRESTRICTED LICENSE filed April 1, 2003. This matter was reopened to the Board upon a petition of reinstatement by Dr. Levine. The Board records reflect that in an Order filed on May 14, 2001, Dr. Levine was reprimanded and his license was suspended for one year, the entirety of which was stayed. Dr. Levine, in support of his application, appeared before a Committee of the Board. He testified that he had paid the civil penalty in the amount of $5,000, as well as all the investigative costs and that he successfully completed all the other terms of the prior Order. The Board found Dr. Levine's testimony credible and further found that he had complied with the terms of the Order. The Board ordered his license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey be restored without restrictions. EFFECTIVE DATE: JANUARY 15, 2003.
LOPEZ, Jose A., M.D.
909 West Minster Ave.
Hillside, NJ 07205
Univ. Central Del Este, D. Republic, 1986
CONSENT ORDER OF VOLUNTARY SURRENDER filed April 22, 2003. This matter was before the Board based on an Administrative Complaint filed on August 9, 2002. The Complaint was based on allegations that Dr. Lopez, through his surgical treatment of six patients, exhibited a pattern of gross and repeated negligence and multiple deviations from the Board rules pertaining to surgical practices in a physician's office. Dr. Lopez filed an Answer denying all of the allegations of the Complaint. Following a hearing on the Attorney General's application for emergent relief, the Board ordered an Order of Temporary Suspension on October 8, 2002, which restricted Dr. Lopez from engaging in the practice of medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey pending a plenary hearing before the Office of the Administrative Law. A hearing was scheduled for May 5, 2003, however, Dr. Lopez desired to terminate the proceedings and consented and agreed to this Consent Order granting him leave to voluntarily surrender his license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey. He also agreed to pay costs and attorneys fees in the amount of $33,567.64, which will be paid in twenty-four monthly installments. EFFECTIVE DATE: April 22, 2003.
MEYERS, Adam M., D.O.
2381 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Univer. of Health Sciences, MO, 1994
CONSENT ORDER OF SUSPENSION filed April 10, 2003. This matter was before the Board upon the Board's receipt of information that suggested that Dr. Meyers had prescribed controlled dangerous substances without good cause to three patients. Dr. Meyers appeared before a committee of the Board and testified concerning his prescription practices generally, and offered specific testimony concerning his prescribing for the three identified patients. After reviewing the testimony, patient records and all available investigatory materials, the Board found that Dr. Meyers prescribed CDS without good cause, failed to maintain appropriate patient records and failed to document necessary information in the patient chart concerning the prescriptions he wrote. Based on these findings, the Board determined that there was a basis for disciplinary action. In order to resolve the matter without further proceedings, Dr. Meyers entered into this Consent Order. It was ordered that Dr. Meyers license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey was suspended for a period of three years, the first six months to be active, with the remaining time served as a period of probation. He was ordered to take and successfully complete a course in the prescribing of controlled dangerous substances and record keeping, both of which must be approved by the Board. Dr. Meyers also agreed to take a course of not less than forty hours in addiction medicine. Prior to resuming practice, he must appear before a committee of the Board to demonstrate his fitness to return to practice and his compliance with the terms of this Order. EFFECTIVE DATE: MAY 1, 2003.
PAYNE, John, D.O.
4001 Stonehaven Dr. 313 Westpark Way 6100 Harris Pkwy, 130
Colleyville, TX 76034 Euless, TX 76040 Fort Worth, TX 76132
DesMoines Univer., Osteo. Med. Ctr., 1978
FINAL ORDER OF REPRIMAND filed April 17, 2003. This matter was before the Board upon receipt of information that on or about September 7, 2001, Dr. Payne entered into an Agreed Order with the Texas Board for engaging in unprofessional conduct that was likely to deceive or defraud the public by failing to disclose to the Board on his Medical Practice Questionnaire that he was the subject of discipline action by a hospital in May 1999. A second Agreed Order was subsequently signed when the Texas Board came to know that he also lied on his reappointment application at another hospital and he failed to report the May 1999 disciplinary action. The actions taken in Texas provided a basis for disciplinary action in New Jersey and a Provisional Order of Discipline was entered by this Board on or about March 22, 2002. Dr. Payne submitted a response in which he did not dispute the Board's findings, however, argued that the Provisional Order should be dismissed. He explained that after further investigation, the Texas Board exonerated him in both matters and explained further that the omission was merely a technicality and was not intentional as the Texas Board was already aware of the investigation by the first hospital. Dr. Payne's submissions were reviewed by the Board who determined that further proceedings were not necessary. The Board was not persuaded by Dr. Payne's arguments and ordered that he be reprimanded. Also, prior to resuming practice in the State of New Jersey, he must appear before a Committee of the Board to demonstrate his fitness to practice. EFFECTIVE DATE: APRIL 17, 2003.
PETNER, Gary F., Physician Assistant,
7038 Torresdale Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19135-1915
Arcadia University, 2001
CONSENT ORDER FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A LICENSE WITH CONDITION filed APRIL 22, 2003. This matter was opened before the Board upon referral from the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee on an application for licensure as a physician assistant. Mr. Petner truthfully disclosed on his application that, in May 1993, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he had pled guilty to and was thereby convicted on three drug-related charges: conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, unlawful use of a communication facility, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Mr. Petner appeared before the Credentials Committee of the Board on February 24, 2003, and then testified under oath concerning the events which occurred leading to his arrest and conviction. Mr. Petner enrolled in the Physicians' Health Program of the Medical Society of New Jersey (PHP) on October 31, 2002. The Board determined that Mr. Petner has rehabilitated himself and may presently be licensed to practice as a physician assistant in New Jersey, not withstanding his prior conviction. However, the Board ordered that as a condition of licensure, Mr. Petner is required to participate in a monitoring program with the PHP. EFFECTIVE DATE: APRIL 17, 2003.
ROBINS, JOSEPH A., D.O.
451 South Washington Ave.
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-1533
College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
NU FLEX Endorsement
CONSENT ORDER OF REINSTATEMENT OF RESTRICTED LICENSURE filed April 21, 2003. This matter was before the Board upon receipt of information from the Physicians' Health Program (the "PHP") that Dr. Robbins voluntarily admitted a relapse into the abuse of Xanax. Dr. Robbins admitted that for a number of years, he regularly obtained Xanax by writing prescriptions in the name of a family member and filled the prescription for his own use. Dr. Robbins requested to voluntarily surrender his license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey, without prejudice, for a minimum period of three months from September 19, 2002. The Board granted the request with certain conditions. Dr. Robins had entered into an in-patient substance abuse treatment program in cooperation with the PHP. He appeared before a committee of the Board, along with Dr. Canavan of the PHP, who fully endorsed his petition for reinstatement. During the appearance, Dr. Robins testified that he has been fully compliant with the terms of the Board's Order entered on September 17, 2002. The Board also had the benefit of an evaluation from Dr. Ricardo Fernandez who opined that he was medically fit to return to practice. The Board ordered that Dr. Robins' license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey be reinstated subject to the following conditions. He must comply fully with the monitoring program of the PHP which will include, but not be limited to, absolute abstinence from drugs and alcohol, participation in continued psychotherapy no less than twice per month, attends support groups at a frequency to be determined by the PHP, random urine monitoring no less than one time per week, and continued meeting with representatives of the PHP, who shall make quarterly reports to the Board. EFFECTIVE DATE: APRIL 21, 2003.
ROBBINS, Richard G., M.D.
Short Hills Oph.
551 Milburn Avenue
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Tulane University School of Medicine, 1988
CONSENT ORDER OF VOLUNTARY SURRENDER WITHOUT PREJUDICE filed April 30, 2003. Richard Robbins, M.D. was granted leave to surrender his license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey without prejudice, pending the final resolution of the nine counts of Criminal Sexual Contact in the 4th degree in Essex County. He agreed to immediately employ a Board approved chaperone, at his own expense, until the surrender of his license becomes effective. The chaperone must be present with him whenever he treats any female patients. The chaperone is also to initialize each female patient chart . Upon proof of final resolution of the criminal charges, Dr. Robbins may be granted leave to petition for an appearance before a committee of the Board. He shall return his original New Jersey license and current biennial registration to the New Jersey Board, no later than June 30, 2003. He also must return his original CDS and notify the DEA. EFFECTIVE JUNE 30, 2003
Natural Health Center
CONSENT ORDER filed April 10, 2003. This matter was opened to the Board upon receipt of information that Mr. Rosario was claiming the he is a "nutritionist doctor." His business card stated his name, title "N.D.," and listed services including homeopathy, which he is not licensed to offer. The parties, desiring to resolve this matter without further proceedings, entered into this Consent Order whereby Mr. Rosario agreed to cease and desist from engaging in holding himself out as engaging in the practice of medicine and surgery, as well as from using the title or designation "doctor," "physician," "ND," "Nutritionist Doctor," or "Naturopathic Physician" or any other language or title denoting licensure by the Board of Medical Examiners. EFFECTIVE DATE: APRIL 10, 2003.
Gemini Digital Imaging
5945 McForland Drive
Plano, Texas 75093
King Edward Med. College, Pakistan, 1967
CONSENT ORDER OF REPRIMAND filed April 17, 2003. This matter was before the Board upon receipt of information that on or about August 1, 2002, Dr. Sarwar entered into a Consent Order with the New York State Board for Professional Misconduct in which he agreed not to contest the specification of charges dated July 26, 2002. The charges alleged that he deviated from the accepted standard of medical care insofar as he failed to properly interpret x-ray films for one patient and misinterpreted the results of an MRI for another patient. Because Dr. Sarwar did not contest the allegations of repeated acts of negligence, there was a basis to take disciplinary action in New Jersey. Dr. Sarwar desired to resolve the matter without formal proceedings and agreed to the Consent Order of Reprimand. EFFECTIVE DATE: April 17, 2003.
SINGH, Pritpaul, M.D.
9 Brantley Way
West Berlin, NJ 08091
ORDER OF REINSTATEMENT OF LICENSURE filed April 22, 2003. This matter was before the Board upon the receipt of a petition from Dr. Singh seeking the restoration of his license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey, which was suspended by an Order filed by the Board on March 9, 1995. That Order provided for a five year suspension, of which three years were to be served as an active suspension, the commencement of treatment with a psychiatrist or psychotherapist (with reports of progress to the Board), successful completion of an ethics course, payment of civil penalties in the amount of $5,000 and an appearance before a Committee of the Board prior to restoration. In April 2001, he appeared before a Committee of the Board and demonstrated his compliance with the terms of the prior Order. The Board was satisfied that he had complied and ordered his license restored in the State of New Jersey. Dr. Singh must also take a communications course approved by the Board within six months of the date of the Order. He also is required to establish a relationship with a preceptor and meet regularly with him/her to ensure integration into practice and application of his medical knowledge. EFFECTIVE DATE: APRIL 23, 2003
TRAVERSO, Joseph L., M.D. a/k/a Jose Traverso
12 Route 17 N, Suite 313 5 Old Salem Road
Paramus, NJ 07652 West Orange, NJ 07052
Univ. de la Republica Facultad de Medicina, 1976
ORDER OF TEMPORARY SUSPENSION filed April 8, 2003. This matter was before the Board on the Attorney General's investigation of certain conduct by Dr. Traverso during his practice of psychiatry and his providing medical treatment to a female patient. The investigation disclosed, among other things, that he permitted the female patient to disrobe to the point of nudity and to masturbate in front of him. Dr. Traverso waived any right to a formal hearing and consent to the entry of this Order. It was ordered and agreed that pending further order of the Board, Dr. Traverso's license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey is temporarily suspended effective thirty days from the entry of the Order. EFFECTIVE DATE: MAY 7, 2003.
ZAHL, Kenneth, M.D.
250 Ridgedale Ave. C-4
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Columbia Univ. Coll. Of Phys. & Surg.
State Univ. Kings Country Hosp. Ctr, NY 1982
FINAL ORDER OF REVOCATION filed April 3, 2003: NOTE - THIS ORDER HAS BEEN STAYED BY THE SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, APPELLATE DIVISION ON APRIL 11, 2003 PENDING APPEAL OF THE BOARD'S DECISION. This matter was reopened before the Board upon the Board's receipt of a recommended Initial Decision dated November 25, 2002 from the Office of Administrative Law by Administrative Law Judge Edith Klinger. Judge Klinger concluded that cause existed for the imposition of disciplinary sanction against Dr. Zahl on each of the eight counts set forth in the Verified Amended Complaint filed by the Attorney General on October 2, 2001. In addition to the written submissions of the parties, the Board also granted a hearing to Dr. Zahl to present written and testimonial evidence in mitigation of penalty before the Board on March 12, 2003. On review and consideration of the written submissions and written and oral arguments of the parties, the Board concluded that cause existed to adopt, essentially in its entirety, the recommended findings of fact and conclusions of law as set forth in the Initial Decision. The Board adopted, with one minor modification, all proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law. In essence, the Board found that the allegations brought forth in the Verified Complaint supported the findings that Dr. Zahl had engaged in acts of dishonesty, deception, misrepresentations and professional misconduct, which in turn provided grounds for disciplinary action against him pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:1-21(b) and 45:1-21(e). Following the Board's decision to adopt the findings of fact and conclusions of law, the Board offered Dr. Zahl the opportunity for a hearing wherein he presented mitigation evidence during the penalty determination. Considering all the evidence presented, the Board found that the panoply of dishonest acts committed by Dr. Zahl support, if not dictate, the imposition of revocation of licensure. The Board, however, did reduce the amount of penalties imposed by ALJ Klinger of $35,000 down to $30,000. Dr. Zahl also was assessed costs to be determined upon further submissions of the parties AND RESTITUTION IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,700 TO THE Association Master Trust Insurance Company. EFFECTIVE DATE: APRIL 11, 2003.
NEW JERSEY STATE
BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
William V. Roeder