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The Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee hold joint sunset review oversight hearings to review the Medical Board of California (Board). The Board is responsible for protecting health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professionals. The sunset review process provides an opportunity for the Board, the Legislature, and interested parties/stakeholders to discuss the performance of the Board and make recommendations for improvements.

Earlier today, William Prasifka, the Executive Director of the Medical Board of California (Board) informed the staff and Board members that he will be leaving his position at the end of 2022:

“It has been a privilege to have served the people of California as the Board’s Executive Director for these past two and a half years. I have enjoyed tremendously working alongside the Board’s leadership and staff.”

“After living in Ireland for decades and raising my family there, I came back to my home state of California for this role and to attend to certain other personal matters. While working at the Board, I have been apart from my family, which has been very difficult. At this time, I wish to rejoin my family in Ireland, which I intend to do at the end of this year. I have the utmost confidence in the management team that is remaining at the Board and their commitment to consumer protection.”

Board President Kristina D. Lawson had the following response to Mr. Prasifka’s decision to leave the Board:

“I am grateful to Bill for his service. I was disappointed when he informed me of this personal decision, but I certainly respect his desire to reunite with his family and wish him continued success in his career. Bill took on his role during a particularly challenging time, helping the Board pursue its mission of consumer protection, while navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“I am pleased that our Deputy Director, Reji Varghese, will continue to lead the day-to-day operations during this period of transition. Next, the Board will meet in early 2023 to decide upon the recruitment process for our next Executive Director.”

Board Vice President Dr. Randy Hawkins made the following comment regarding Mr. Prasifka’s decision:

“I would like to express my appreciation and support to Bill for his time and service to the Board. We will miss him.”

“During his time with us, Bill worked hard to increase the Board’s effectiveness and efficiency. I am happy that Mr. Varghese is remaining in a leadership role as we continue in our consumer protection mission.”