– The State Board of Medical Examiners
at its monthly meeting today ratified an order
issued last Friday that temporarily suspends
the license of Dr. Parvez Dara to practice
medicine in New Jersey.
two-member committee of the BME on April 3
voted to immediately suspend Dr. Dara’s
license following a daylong hearing. The hearing
was held after the Office of the Attorney
General sought a temporary license suspension
based on chronic and recurrent failure of
infection control. Five cases of hepatitis
B have been confirmed in patients who were
treated at his practice.
Board of Medical Examiners has acted quickly
on a matter that clearly touches on the health,
safety and welfare of the public,”
Attorney General Anne Milgram said. “Patient
safety was our primary concern and I’m
appreciative that the Board agreed that temporary
license suspension is appropriate given the
facts in this matter.”
Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)
provided evidence and expert testimony during
Friday’s hearing. DHSS and the Ocean
County Health Department have coordinated
the public health epidemiological investigation
and response and sent letters to approximately
2,800 patients seen by Dr. Dara urging them
to get tested for exposure to hepatitis B
and other bloodborne pathogens.
Dara, who has offices in Toms River and Whiting,
was required by the BME to make arrangements
to provide patients with their medical records.
who need their medical records to ensure continuity
of care will be able to obtain their records,”
said David Szuchman, Consumer Affairs Director.
Attorney General Siobhan Krier represented
the state in this matter.