Many readers will remember media coverage of the New Jersey doctor who
was accused of inappropriate conduct with both patients and staff at his
Bergenfield office. Those
sex crimes charges have not been resolved, and the issue is back in the public eye
after the doctor was arrested a second time on similar charges. The 54-year-old
internist is now facing a push to bar him from practicing medicine while
the case moves forward.
In a recent hearing, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office made a request
to stop the doctor from practicing. That request came after additional
charges of sexual misconduct led detectives to the medical office to arrest
the physician. While they were there, they observed the doctor emerging
from an area that contained patient examination rooms.
Attorneys for the doctor previously told the court that the man was in
the midst of negotiating a voluntary suspension of his medical license
during the investigation and court proceedings. Another doctor was brought
on to take over, but an issue with malpractice coverage left a gap in
care. While the doctor still has a current and active medical license,
his ability to continue to see patients may be hindered in the next hearing.
The New Jersey doctor has serious legal needs that deserve his full attention.
He is charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual contact, which were
brought by no fewer than seven women. Should he be convicted on those
serious sex crimes charges, his ability to practice medicine might be
the least of his concerns.
Source: northjersey.com, "Prosecutor looks to bar Bergenfield doctor from seeing patients while criminal
charges are pending", Peter J. Sampson, Sept. 25, 2015