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Editor’s Spotlight

Emmalee Ross, Public Information Officer

In this edition of Medical Board News, we’re bringing updates and important information for licensees. We highlight new legislation and electronic application upload requirements, among other updates.

For healthcare consumers and physicians alike, we’ve recapped the August 2023 Board Meeting in our Consumer Corner. Thanks to the voices of many healthcare consumers, the Board brought its quarterly meeting to Bakersfield, California, to learn about maternal health outcomes from a national, state, and local perspective. Board members heard from advocates fighting to make changes, government officials, members of the legislature, and many first-hand stories from the community.

Lastly, we wanted to remind physicians the Board released its updated Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances for Pain.

In the fall of 2019, I wrote my first-ever Editor’s Spotlight as the newsletter’s editor in chief and designer, and it’s with mixed emotions this fall, I’m writing my last (for now). It’s been an interesting journey, navigating COVID-19 and everything that followed, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my part in bringing physicians and consumers the Board’s important news.

(Past) President’s Message

By Kristina D. Lawson

It was a tremendous honor to have served as the Board's President, and I am proud of the work we accomplished together over the past three years. We helped California consumers and our licensees navigate the challenges presented by a worldwide pandemic, implemented efficiency-improving licensing changes, and successfully collaborated with stakeholders during two sunset reviews before the California State Legislature.

At the August 2023 Board Meeting, held for the first time in Bakersfield, California, the Board selected Dr. Randy W. Hawkins as the new Board President. Dr. Hawkins served as the Board's Vice President since November 2020, and is deeply committed to the Board's mission. The Board also selected Laurie Rose Lubiano and Ryan Brooks as Vice president and Secretary, respectively. I look forward to actively supporting the Board’s new leadership team during my remaining time on the Board.

As discussed in earlier newsletter issues and at public Board meetings this year, the Legislature conducted a sunset review of the Board in 2023. I am pleased to share that the sunset bill, SB 815 (Roth), was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 30, 2023. This bill extends the Board’s operations for another four years and supports our consumer protection work by providing additional funds for Board operations through a critically necessary increase in the fees paid by our physician licensees. The bill also establishes a Complainant Liaison Unit, which will assist consumers who have filed a complaint against a physician, makes changes to licensing requirements for postgraduate training licenses, and much more. See the article later in this issue for more information about the passage of the Sunset Bill.

Dr. Randy W. Hawkins Elected MBC President

At the August 2023 Quarterly Board Meeting, Board Members elected Dr. Randy Wendell Hawkins to serve as the Board’s President.

Dr. Hawkins was first appointed to the Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., in 2015, and reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020. Since 1986, he has been in private practice in Inglewood, California. His medical practice is composed of primary care, pulmonary and critical care medicine, and hospice care. Dr. Hawkins is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine and is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Hawkins earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Hahnemann Medical College in 1979 and completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of California San Diego in 1985.

“It’s an honor to be selected to lead this vital organization, which works tirelessly to protect California’s healthcare consumers,” said Hawkins. “Collaboration and dialogue between the Board, consumers, licensees, and our other stakeholders is critical for our success. I look forward during my time as Board President to continue to improve on our past work in this area.”

Following Dr. Hawkins’ election, Board members also elected Ms. Laurie Rose Lubiano as Vice President and Mr. Ryan Brooks as Secretary.

Sunset Legislation Approved: Physician Fee Increases and Other Key Changes Coming January 1, 2024

Aaron Bone, Chief of Legislation and Public Affairs

In September, the California State Legislature completed their main work for the year and finished approving hundreds of proposed new laws and sending them to the Governor for his consideration.

As discussed in prior newsletter issues, the Board had a “Sunset Review” during 2023, which is a periodic evaluation from the Legislature and includes the input of many stakeholders, including various organizations that represent consumers and physicians.

During this Sunset Review, the Legislature approved, and the Governor signed Senate Bill (SB) 815 into law, which makes numerous changes to the Medical Practice Act including:

  • Fee increases for physician and surgeon and special faculty permits.
    • Effective January 1, 2024, the initial and renewal fee amount is $1,151.
    • Effective January 1, 2027, the initial and renewal fee amount is $1,255.
  • The Board will be adding new staff to provide additional support to complainants and the public to understand the role of the Board and respond to questions about the enforcement process. Those new employees will also offer to interview complainants prior to closing quality-of-care complaints.

The Board encourages you to become familiar with these law changes made by SB 815 and has published an SB 815 webpage with additional information.

Statements of Harm to be Collected and Considered Starting in 2024

One of the new laws added by SB 815 (see Business and Professions Code section 2220.2) allows, under certain circumstances, a complainant, or other authorized person, to provide a statement regarding the harm they experienced from a Board licensee in connection to their complaint.

Starting January 1, 2024, whenever a complaint is referred for a field investigation, Board staff will contact, by letter, the relevant complainant, patient, or patient representative (defined as a spouse or domestic partner of the patient involved, a person responsible for the care of that patient, or the patient’s next of kin) to offer the opportunity to provide a written statement of harm to the Board. It is important for complainants to provide current contact information for themselves and others who may have knowledge of the circumstances of the alleged misconduct so that we may contact the appropriate person.

The Board’s letter will provide instructions on how to submit the written statement to the Board either through email or by mail. The law allows an authorized person up to 60 days to provide a statement to the Board.

The new law requires the Board to share the statement of harm with the licensee under investigation before disciplining that person (current law already requires the Board to share other evidence gathered with the licensee in question). If a statement of harm is received, it will be considered by a panel of Board members when deciding how to proceed on a proposed decision or proposed stipulated settlement.

Please visit the Board’s website for more information on how the Board reviews, investigates, and disciplines its licensees who have acted in an unprofessional manner.

Future newsletter editions will discuss other changes made by SB 815.

Consumer Corner: MBC Holds Public Meeting and Discussion on Maternal Mortality

Emmalee Ross, Public Information Officer

To hear from consumer voices and various leaders working to reduce maternal mortality, the Board held its August 2023 Quarterly Board Meeting in Bakersfield, California.

Day two of the Board meeting focused on several presentations that highlighted the topic of maternal health outcomes, the disparities that exist, and the efforts being taken at the national, state, and local levels. It also provided a valuable opportunity to hear passionate comments from the public, including many who are upset about the care their loved one received in connection with their pregnancy.

Before introducing the first speaker and the Board’s prior president, Denise Pines, Board President Kristina Lawson began by extending her thanks and appreciation to the Bakersfield and greater Kern County communities and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to meet in person and speak with those participating in the meeting

Denise Pines, Board Member, Osteopathic Medical Board of California, Executive Producer and Co-Writer of Birthing Justice, gave a presentation focused on Black maternal health and defined maternal mortality as the death of women during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery. Ms. Pines discussed how California compares to other states and how the United States compares to other developed nations on maternal mortality and touched on the factors that contribute to, and what can be done about, the alarming health disparities that exist.

Following the presentation from Denise Pines, the Board heard from other distinguished speakers: Dr. Karen Ramstrom, DO, Chief, Maternal and Infant Health Branch of the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division, California Department of Public Health (CDPH); Dr. Kimberly Gregory, MD, Chair, California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Committee of Southern California; Brynn Carrigan, Director, Kern County Department of Public Health; Kimberly Hernandez, Division Director of Health Services, Kern County Department of Public Health; Dr. Melissa Franklin, EdD, Director, Division of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health, Health Promotion Bureau, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; and Adjoa Jones, Director, Outreach & Engagement, African American Infant/Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative, Los Angeles Department of Public Health. The presentations were informative and powerful, and the Board extends its gratitude to the presenters for sharing their expertise and discussing the information and resources available to medical providers and the community.

The Board meeting agenda, including materials from these presenters, and a video recording are available on the Board’s website.

The Board’s work in this area will continue under President Randy W. Hawkins, who plans to learn more about CDPH’s California Pregnancy-Associated Review Committee through a guest observership. Dr. Hawkins looks forward to sharing more information at a future Board meeting.

Certain Licensing Documents Must be Submitted Online Starting January 1, 2024

Effective January 1, 2024, the Medical Board of California (Board) will only accept certain documents through the Board’s Direct Online Certification Submission portal (DOCS) for an open application, or through any of the other Board-accepted third party services.

The documents include:

  • Certificate of Medical Education (Form MED)
  • Official Transcript
  • Official English Translation of Transcript
  • Postgraduate Training License Enrollment Form (Form EF)
  • Certificate of Completion of ACGME/RCPSC/CFPC Postgraduate Training (Form PTA-B)
  • Certificate of Completion of CODA Postgraduate Training (Form CODA1-CODA2)
  • Current Postgraduate Training Verification (Form CTV)
  • Explanation to Application Question (Form EXP)

Please note: the Board will not accept these documents if submitted by mail, which will delay the processing of the license application.

DOCS is a secure, fast, and reliable online document delivery system that allows medical schools and postgraduate training programs to submit certain primary-source licensing documents to the Board. For more information and to register, please visit the Board’s DOCS webpage. If you have questions regarding DOCS, please email us at docs@mbc.ca.gov.

Expedited Application Requests: What to Do if You Already Submitted Your Application

Recently, the Board has been receiving many requests for priority review and expedited licensure where an applicant has submitted a Physician’s and Surgeon’s (P&S) License application or a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) application but failed to initially request an expedited review or submit the necessary documents.

You may submit expedite related documents to the Board at ExpediteRequests@mbc.ca.gov if ALL of the following apply to you:

  • You qualify for expedited review;
  • You did not request expedited review on your initial license application; and
  • You have not received a deficiency letter from the Board.

Documents emailed to ExpediteRequests@mbc.ca.gov will only be accepted if an applicant previously applied for a license and did not initially request priority review or expedited licensure. 

Qualifications for priority review and expedited application and registration process include:

  1. Honorably discharged veterans of the Armed Forces.
  2. Practicing in a medically underserved area or population (P&S license only).
  3. Providing abortions within the scope of practice of your medical license.
  4. If you are the spouse or domestic partner of an active-duty member of the US Armed Forces.
  5. If you’ve been admitted to the US as a refugee, granted asylum, or have a special immigrant visa status.

Please note: Under the law, PTL applicants are not eligible for expedited review and licensure related to practicing in a medically underserved area or population. When expedited, the review of an application will be accelerated, however, the applicant must still provide all required documents and meet the relevant licensing requirements.

For more information on priority or expedited review, please refer to the Postgraduate Training Licensees webpage for PTL applicants, or the Priority Review and Expedited Application/Registration Process webpage for P&S applicants.

For additional information, please email Licensing.Questions@mbc.ca.gov.

Requests for Application Status Updates

Currently, the Medical Board of California (Board) is unable to respond to requests for application status updates and to confirm receipt of documents due to a high volume of these requests. Documents submitted through BreEZe or the Direct Online Certification Submission portal are immediately received by the Board. If you wish to confirm receipt of a mailed document, please use a mail tracking service.

Application processing times may vary depending on application volume. Once your application is reviewed, you will be notified by email of any deficiencies. In addition, please allow 15 business days for Board staff to review all supporting documents received after an initial review has been conducted. All applications and supporting documents are reviewed in the date order received unless you qualify and have been approved for an expedited review.

To check the status of your initial license application, please log into your BreEZe account. Once the application has been reviewed, the deficiencies are identified and updated by staff. Please refer to the Board’s BreEZe Resources Center webpage for more information on creating a BreEZe account and how to access the BreEZe system.

Applicants who have previously been issued a Physician’s and Surgeon’s license by the Board, pursuant to Business and Professions Code 2428, are not able to view or check their application status in the BreEZe system. The Board will instead directly communicate with the applicant via email regarding application status.

Recent Legislation Changed Certain Licensure Deadlines

The Medical Board of California (Board) is pleased to share that on September 13, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 143, which makes the following changes that are now in effect:

  • Extends the expiration date of Postgraduate Training Licenses (PTL) that expire after June 1, 2023, and before December 31, 2023, to March 31, 2024.

    These PTL holders do not have to take any action. The Board automatically changed their expiration date and notified affected licensees via email.

  • Provides residents (who completed the Board-approved postgraduate training out-of-state required for licensure and are enrolled in a California ACGME-accredited program) more time to obtain a Physician’s and Surgeon’s (P&S) license, under Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 2065(g).

    Under the new law, these applicants have a total of 180 days from the date they begin their training program in California to obtain a P&S license (under the prior law, applicants had 90 days from their enrollment date).

  • Residents must obtain a PTL within 180 days from beginning a California board-approved postgraduate training program rather than from the date of enrollment, as required under BPC section 2064.5(a).

Questions regarding these law changes for applicants and licensees of the Board may be directed to licensing.questions@mbc.ca.gov.

Questions related to applicants and licensees of the Osteopathic Medical Board of California should be directed to OMBC.Applications@dca.ca.gov or Dina.Ruprecht@dca.ca.gov.

Important Reminder: Physician Duty to Notify Patients About the Open Payments Database

The Medical Board of California (Board) wants to remind physicians of their responsibility to notify patients about the Open Payments database which went into law January 1, 2023.

The Open Payments database is a national transparency program that collects and publishes information about financial relationships between drug and medical device companies and certain healthcare providers.

Specifically, the law requires physicians to do the following:

  1. Provide patients with either a written or electronic notice of the database at their initial office visit that includes the following text:

    The Open Payments database is a federal tool used to search payments made by drug and device companies to physicians and teaching hospitals. It can be found at https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov.

    If the physician uses an electronic records system, a patient signature is not required, however, they must include a record of this notice in the patient’s records. If the physician uses a paper-based records system, then the written notice to the patient must include a signature from the patient (or their representative) and a date of signature. Further, a copy of the written notice must be provided to the patient (or their representative) and included in the patient's records.

  2. Post a visible notice regarding the database at each location where the physician practices. The notice must include a web link to the database and the following text:

    For informational purposes only, a link to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments web page is provided here. The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires that detailed information about payment and other payments of value worth over ten dollars ($10) from manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologics to physicians and teaching hospitals be made available to the public.

    If a physician is employed by a health care employer, that employer is responsible for meeting this requirement.

  3. Beginning January 1, 2024, physicians who use a website in their medical practice must conspicuously post the notice described in number 2 on their website. If a physician is employed by a health care employer, that employer is responsible for meeting this requirement.

Resources to Help You Comply with This Law

The Board has posted on its website a sample notice that may be used to comply with requirements No. 2 and No. 3 described above. If you print this sample notice and place it in an area likely to be seen by all persons who enter the office (e.g., a patient waiting room), you will be compliant with requirement No. 2.

If you copy the wording on the notice and place it conspicuously on a physician’s website (e.g., on the homepage), you will be compliant with requirement No. 3.

A violation of these requirements constitutes unprofessional conduct and may result in Board discipline.

More information can be found on the Board’s Resources webpage, FAQ webpage, and the California Legislative Information webpage.

Reminder! MBC Published Updated Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances for Pain

Emmalee Ross, Public Information Officer

As discussed in the prior newsletter edition, the Board published its updated Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances for Pain in July 2023, after collaborating with numerous stakeholders, including, patients, patient advocates, and those within the medical community. The Board’s work began in 2021 when the Board created a task force and began the revision process, including two public interested parties’ meetings in 2022 to garner feedback.

The goal for the revised guidelines is to provide physicians resources and an updated structure for the management of patients being treated for pain.

The new guidelines include discussions on recommended practices for patient evaluation and risk assessment, special patient populations, compliance with controlled substance laws, and much more.

For questions or comments, please email the Board at PrescribingGuidelines@mbc.ca.gov.

CURES Data Submission Modification

Department of Justice, Justice and Investigative Services Bureau

Department of Justice, Justice and Investigative Services Bureau

Beginning August 1, 2024, dispensers will be required to report dispensations to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) using version 4.2B of the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) format.

Currently, California dispensation data is reported using the ASAP version 4.1 format. This format change will improve data quality by offering more data fields and clarifying certain other data fields. Starting August 1, 2024, dispensation data submissions that do not conform to the requirements of the ASAP version 4.2B format will be rejected by Bamboo Health, the data collection vendor for CURES.

For more information, please visit the Department of Justice’s website, New File Format for Reporting to CURES, email cures@doj.ca.gov, or call (916) 210-3187.

Sign Up to Serve on the Intervention Evaluation Committee for the Board of Registered Nursing

The California Board of Registered Nursing

Registered nurses (RNs) care for Californians, but sometimes RNs need care too. That’s where you come in. The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is seeking Intervention Evaluation Committee (IEC) members for its Intervention Program. This vital program is a voluntary, confidential, referral-based recovery and monitoring program for RNs whose practice may be impaired by substance use disorder or mental illness.

In addition to assisting RNs, the program protects the public by providing RNs access to effective treatment services, monitoring their recovery through individualized plans, and returning them to safe practice. Committee members evaluate RNs who request program admission, determine their eligibility, develop individual rehabilitation plans, and determine whether program participants may safely continue or resume nursing practice.

IECs are located throughout California and meet quarterly. The committees include five members —three RNs, one physician (MD or DO), and one public member with expertise in the field of substance use disorder, mental health, or both:

  • RN Member: Must hold an active California RN license and have demonstrated expertise in the field of chemical dependency or psychiatric nursing.
  • Physician Member (MD or DO): Must hold an active California medical license and must specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of addictive diseases or mental illness.
  • Public Member: Must be knowledgeable in the field of chemical dependency or mental illness.

Help make a difference for RNs. To apply to be an IEC member or for more information about the program, visit www.rn.ca.gov/intervention, call us at (916) 574-7692, or email us at brn-intervention@dca.ca.gov.

Updated California Management Guidelines

Updated lead guidelines for medical providers were released in the summer of 2023 by the Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS), California Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB).

These guidelines incorporate the revised Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Blood Lead Reference Value (BLRV) of 3.5 mcg/dL. Additionally, retesting requirements based on BLL result and draw type (capillary vs. venous) have been clarified.

The BLRV is a population-based measurement indicating that 2.5% of U.S. children aged 1–5 years have blood lead levels (BLLs) ≥ 3.5 mcg/dL. It is not a health-based standard or a toxicity threshold.

The updated California Management Guidelines recommend that providers:

  • Obtain a confirmatory venous sample for capillary results ≥ 3.5 mcg/dL.
  • For children with venous BLLs ≥ 3.5 mcg/dL, provide:
    • Blood lead monitoring at recommended intervals.
    • Follow-up based on BLL.

All follow-up testing must be venous for BLLs ≥ 3.5 mcg/dL.

The DHCS CHDP lead guidelines can be found online on the DHCS website and the California Management Guidelines on Childhood Lead Poisoning for Health Care Providers (Table 1 from the lead guidelines) is available on the CLPPB website. Print copies of a double-sided version can be ordered at no charge. See ordering instructions on our web site.

Lead Program Public Health Case Management Services

Children with BLLs ≥ 3.5 mcg/dL are eligible for services from the California Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (CLPP) Program at no cost to the family. Eligibility is based on BLL and age < 21 years.

For CLPP Program public health services, cases are categorized as either full or basic. Children meeting full state case criteria are eligible to receive full public health nursing and environmental case management services, including environmental investigation of the home.

Full state case criteria are:

  • One VBLL ≥ 14.5 mcg/dL or
  • Two BLLs ≥ 9.5 mcg/dL
    • The second BLL must be venous.
    • There may be lower BLLs in-between.

Children meeting basic state case criteria (BLL ≥ 3.5 mcg/dL, not meeting full case criteria) will receive:

  • At a minimum monitoring, outreach and education, and actions to encourage appropriate follow-up testing.
  • Other graded responses up to and including public health nursing and environmental investigation as for full cases, if indicated and as resources allow.

Lead Week 2023

This year, Lead Week took place October 22–28 and California’s theme was, “Protect your family from all sources of lead air pollution, including aircraft and shooting ranges.” Webinars were recorded and, along with brochures and other material, are available at CLPPB, Lead Week Resources.

Lead Updates: US Environmental Protection Agency

On October 18th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their final endangerment finding, a determination that lead emissions from aircraft engines that operate on leaded fuel cause or contribute to air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare under Section 231(a) of the Clean Air Act. Piston-engine aircraft are the largest single source of lead emissions to the air in the U.S., contributing 70% of the lead entering the air annually.

The final endangerment finding, fact sheet, and press release for this action are on EPA’s website at Regulations for Lead Emissions from Aircraft | US EPA.

New Registry Requirement to Submit Immunization and Tuberculosis Data 

California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch

California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch

AB 1797 requires providers to enter immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) tests they administer, as well as a patient’s race and ethnicity, into a California immunization registry (CAIR OR RIDE/Healthy Futures).

This reporting requirement includes newly recommended immunizations:

  • Nirsevimab to prevent severe Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) disease for infants and toddlers.
  • RSV vaccines for adults 60 years and older.

Please visit the AB 1797 Immunization Registry FAQs page for more information.

Not Yet Enrolled?

Joining CAIR helps providers meet requirements for AB 1797, Medi-Cal, and the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. There are many other benefits to participating in an immunization registry: save time, improve patient care, boost immunization rates, and quickly run vaccine reports to access data for reporting.

Refer to the How to Enroll in CAIR2 page for guidance on the CAIR2 setup that works best for your practice and contact your Local CAIR Representative with any questions.

If you immunize patients in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Tuolumne counties visit myhealthyfutures.org and contact the Healthy Futures/RIDE Help Desk at (209) 468-2292 or support@myhealthyfutures.org to enroll.

Not Sure if You’re Already Enrolled or Need to Update Your Account?

If you are not sure if your practice is already enrolled or need to update your read-only account to be able to submit doses, contact the CAIR Help Desk (CAIRHelpdesk@cdph.ca.gov or 800-578-7889) or your Local CAIR Representative.

Central Complaint Unit Ad: Medical Consultants Needed

The Medical Board of California’s (Board) Central Complaint Unit is accepting applications for the Medical Consultant Program.

Medical Consultants review complaints to determine whether a formal investigation by Board investigative staff is needed, or if the complaint can be resolved by a preliminary review of the medical records and a physician narrative statement.

Participating physicians are reimbursed $75 per hour for record review and report preparation.

If you are interested, please contact Therese Kelly at (916) 263-2434 or Hugo Estrada at (916) 263-2463. The application and eligibility requirements are available from our website.

While all specialties are welcome to apply, the Board is in need of physicians with the specialties below:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Urology

Physician Extortion Scam: Now Posing as Law Enforcement

The Medical Board of California (Board) is aware that scam artists have begun posing as law enforcement officers, as well as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and Board staff calling California physicians as part of an extortion scheme.

Scammers posing as law enforcement may tell victims they have missed a court date as an expert witness and have a warrant for their arrest. Scammers posing as DEA agents may tell victims their license is suspended for illegal drug trafficking and the suspension means they will not be able to practice. The scammers may provide an “Agreement for the Bond and Protocols” that includes statements that licensees are not to share or disclose the investigation to any third party and agree to a bond fee payment of $25,000.00.

The scammers’ phone number may show up as the Board’s toll-free number (800) 633-2322, or, if posing as law enforcement, they may impersonate actual law enforcement officers using their real names.

Please note, law enforcement officers, DEA agents, and Board staff will never contact physicians by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you receive one of these calls, refuse the demand for payment. Please also consider the following:

If the caller is stating they are from the DEA, immediately report the threat using the DEA’s Extortion Scam Online Reporting form.

If the caller insists that they speak with you right away, tell them that you’ll call them back directly. At this point, some scammers will offer you a phone number as a way to verify they are who they say they are. Don’t call the number the scammers provided; instead call the Board' toll-free number at (800) 633-2322.

If the phone number of the caller appears to be the Board’s toll-free number, it is recommended that you submit an online complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) using the FCC's Consumer Complaint form.

Expert Reviewer Ad: MBC Needs You!

If you live in CA and have a full-time active practice in CA, apply to be an Expert Reviewer for MBC.

History

The Medical Board of California (Board) established its Expert Reviewer Program in July 1994 as an impartial and professional means to support its investigation and enforcement functions. Expert Reviewers (Experts)assist the Board by providing reviews and opinions on board cases and conducting medical and psychiatric evaluations.

Requirements

Actively practicing physicians from all other specialties not listed are also welcome to apply and participate in the program. Physicians must be board certified, have been practicing their specialty for a minimum of three years after board certification, have no current complaints, no prior discipline, and must be willing and available to testify in court.

Midwives

The Board also needs midwife expert reviewers throughout the state of California. Licensed midwives must have an active midwifery practice for the past two years, have no current complaints, no prior discipline, and must be willing and available to testify in court.

Contact

For more information regarding compensation and how to apply, please visit our website or e-mail the Board’s expert program at MBCMedicalExpertProgram@mbc.ca.gov.

The Board is looking for experts in the following specialties:

  • Addiction Medicine with added certification in Family or Internal or Psychiatry
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Colon/Rectal Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Midwife Reviewer
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (with added expertise in Gynecologic Oncology)
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pathology (preferably from the following counties: Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, and Ventura)
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry (Forensic and Addiction)
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery (General and Endocrine Surgery)
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Urology (General and Gender Reassignment)

Print Your Wallet License

The Medical Board of California (Board) has developed a "Print Your Own" Wallet License Generator that allows individuals, with licenses in Current status, to generate their own Wallet License and print it wherever they have access to a printer.

Benefits:

  • License Specific QR Code allowing interested parties to instantly view DCA Search License Profile page with real-time status information from any QR Code capable device,
  • Available immediately, versus the 4-6 weeks previously required to receive plastic cards,
  • Wallet License is generated as an electronic PDF file that can be sent to employers or others as needed,
  • Saves the Board resources related to the generating, printing, and mailing of plastic cards.

To generate your own Wallet License, please use the button below to access the generator from our website:

New Laws in 2024

AB 242 (Wood) – Critical Access Hospitals: Employment
Makes permanent an existing law that allows federally certified critical access hospitals to employ physicians and surgeons and charge for their services rendered to hospital patients, as specified.

AB 254 (Bauer-Kahan) – Confidentiality of Medical Information Act: Reproductive or Sexual Health Application Information
States that a business that offers a reproductive or sexual health digital service to consumers, as defined, is a provider of health care subject to the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, to protect patient privacy.

AB 352 (Bauer-Kahan) – Health Information
Requires specified businesses that electronically store or maintain medical information on the provision of sensitive services, as specified, on or before July 1, 2024, to enable certain security features. Prohibits a health care provider, health care service plan, contractor, or employer from cooperating with any inquiry or investigation by, or from providing medical information to, an individual, agency, or department from another state or, to the extent permitted by federal law, to a federal law enforcement agency that would identify an individual or that is related to an individual seeking or obtaining an abortion or abortion-related services that are lawful under the laws of this state, unless authorized. Exempts a health care provider from legal liability for damages or from civil or enforcement actions, as specified. Excludes the exchange of abortion and abortion-related services health information from automatically being shared on the California Health and Human Services Data Exchange Framework.

AB 360 (Gipson) – Excited Delirium
Prohibits “excited delirium,” as defined, from being recognized as a valid medical diagnosis or cause of death in this state. Prohibits a coroner, medical examiner, physician, or physician assistant from stating on the certificate of death or in any report that the cause of death was excited delirium.

AB 470 (Valencia) – Continuing Medical Education: Physicians and Surgeons
Updates continuing medical education (CME) laws that encourage physicians to pursue CME courses that improve the quality of physician-patient communication in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.

AB 816 (Haney) – Minors: Consent to Medical Care
Authorizes a minor who is 16 years of age or older to consent to replacement narcotic abuse treatment that uses buprenorphine at a physician’s office, clinic, or health facility, by a licensed physician and surgeon or other health care provider, as specified.

AB 834 (Irwin) – Physicians and Surgeons and Doctors of Podiatric Medicine: Professional Partnerships
Authorizes a doctor of podiatric medicine to own an equal or majority interest in a professional partnership with a physician.

AB 883 (Mathis) – Business licenses: United States Department of Defense SkillBridge Program
Requires, on and after July 1, 2024, a licensing board to expedite the initial licensure process for an applicant who is an active-duty member of a regular component of the Armed Forces of the United States enrolled in the United States Department of Defense SkillBridge program, as specified.

AB 1021 (Wicks) – Controlled Substances: Rescheduling
Provides that if any Schedule I controlled substance is federally rescheduled or exempted from the Controlled Substances Act, it will automatically become lawful for health professionals to prescribe, furnish, or dispense under California law.

AB 1029 (Pellerin) – Advance Health Care Directive Form
Defines a “psychiatric advance directive” as a legal document, voluntarily executed (as defined), that allows a person with a mental illness to protect their autonomy and ability to direct their own care by documenting their preferences for treatment in advance of a mental health crisis.

AB 1070 (Low) – Physician Assistants: Physician Supervision: Exceptions
Under specified circumstances, authorizes a physician to supervise up to eight physician assistants at one time to perform certain in-home health evaluations.

AB 1130 (Berman) – Substance Use Disorder
Changes various references in the Business and Professions Code and Health and Safety Code to replace the word “addict” with “person(s) with substance use disorder.”

AB 1166 (Bains) – Liability for Opioid Antagonist Administration
States that any person who, in good faith and not for compensation, administers an opioid antagonist at the scene of an actual or suspected opioid overdose, shall not be liable for civil damages. This protection does not apply to situations when the care constitutes gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

AB 1241 (Weber) – Medi-Cal: Telehealth
Clarifies that Medi-Cal providers of telehealth services are not required to schedule an appointment with a different provider to meet the requirement in existing law that they facilitate in-person care. Rephrases the telehealth provider requirement under the Medi-Cal program to offer or facilitate in-person care as a requirement that telehealth providers maintain and follow protocols to offer or facilitate in-person care.

AB 1369 (Bauer-Kahan) – Out-of-State Physicians and Surgeons: Telehealth: License Exemption
Authorizes a qualified out-of-state physician to treat an eligible patient in this state, as defined, via telehealth without obtaining a license from the Board.

AB 1417 (Wood) – Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse: Mandated Reporting
Updates requirements for those who have full or intermittent responsibility for the care or custody of an elder or dependent adult to report known, suspected, or alleged incidents of abuse to specified agencies and officials.

AB 1646 (Nguyen) – Physicians and Surgeons: Postgraduate Training: Guest Rotations
Expands an existing Board regulation to authorize a resident enrolled in an out-of-state postgraduate training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to receive medical training in California, for up to a 90-day period, without obtaining a Board license.

AB 1697 (Schiavo) – Uniform Electronic Transactions Act
Updates the law to facilitate the use of electronic signatures to authorize the release of medical information and genetic test results that are governed by the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act.

AB 1707 (Pacheco) – Health Professionals and Facilities: Adverse Actions Based on Another State’s Law
As it pertains to the Board, this law generally protects a health care provider from disciplinary action from the Board if that provider was subject to a judgement, conviction, or disciplinary action in another state due to providing certain types of care, including behavioral, sexual, reproductive, and gender-affirming care.

AB 1731 (Santiago) – CURES Database: Buprenorphine
Authorizes a health care provider to prescribe, order, administer, or furnish buprenorphine in the emergency department of a general acute care hospital without consulting the patient’s controlled substance history contained in the CURES database.

SB 67 (Seyarto) – Controlled Substances: Overdose Reporting
Requires a coroner or medical examiner to report to the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (managed by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Tracking Area program) whenever they determine, within their expert opinion, that an individual died due to an overdose as a contributing factor. Such a report shall be made within 120 hours of examining the individual, except as specified.

SB 345 (Skinner) – Health Care Services: Legally Protected Health Care Activities
As it pertains to the Board, this law generally protects a health care provider from disciplinary action from the Board if that provider was subject to a judgement, conviction, or disciplinary action in another state due to providing certain types of care, including behavioral, sexual, reproductive, and gender-affirming care.

SB 372 (Menjivar) – Department of Consumer Affairs: Licensee and Registrant Records: Name and Gender Changes
Requires all boards within DCA, upon request of a qualified licensee whose name or gender has changed, to remove references to their prior name or gender from license lookup, including disciplinary records. Those disciplinary records would be available to the public upon a verbal or written request made to a board, pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

SB 385 (Atkins) – Physician Assistant Practice Act: Abortion by Aspiration: Training
Updates the requirements whereby a physician assistant (PA) may be authorized by their supervising physician to perform an abortion by aspiration. Provides additional options for a PA to achieve relevant clinical competency.

SB 544 (Laird) – Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act: Teleconferencing
Establishes an alternative pathway to hold teleconference or online meetings for state bodies, like the Board.

SB 815 (Roth) – Healing Arts
This is the Board’s 2023 sunset bill. See the Board’s webpage that summarizes the key provisions.

Administrative Actions: February – July 2023

Physicians and Surgeons

ABBO, EVA MARIA, M.D. (A 30468), LA JOLLA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence in the care and treatment of one patient, repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients, and excessively prescribed controlled substances to two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, prohibited from ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, furnishing, or possessing any Schedule II controlled substances, except for the following drugs listed in Schedule II: Stimulants, as defined under Health and Safety Code section 11055(e); surrender of DEA permit; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, and a medical record keeping course; completing a professional enhancement program; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $20,068.75. July 14, 2023.

AHMED, KELLY JEAN, M.D. (A 51407), VICTORVILLE, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $29,666.00. July 20, 2023.

ALSARRAF, DHIA (A 36742), LOS ANGELES, CA

Has a condition affecting his ability to practice medicine safely. Revoked. June 22, 2023

ALVAREZ, CARLOS A. M.D. (A 42986), BAKERSFIELD, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a clinical competence assessment program; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,800.00. May 12, 2023.

ANDERSEN, KRISTEN NICOLE, M.D. (A 123766), REDONDO BEACH, CA

No admissions but charged with having a condition affecting her ability to practice medicine safely and using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to herself, another person, or to the public. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, abstaining from the use of controlled substances; abstaining from the use of alcohol; completing an ethics course; attending psychotherapy; submitting to a medical evaluation and obtaining medical treatment; notification of employer; submitting to biological fluid testing; attending substance abuse support group meetings; obtaining a worksite monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $10,000.00. June 15, 2023.

AMIRI-KHORHEH, KEYVAN (A 55422), SEAL BEACH, CA

Admitted to being convicted of one felony count of conspiracy to commit Health Care Fraud, dishonest or corrupt acts, and unprofessional conduct. Surrender of License. May 16, 2023.

BADII, ROOZBEH, M.D. (C 143701), CORONADO, CA

Disciplined by the Maryland State Board of Physicians and the Connecticut Medical Examining Board and has a condition affecting his ability to practice medicine safely. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, submitting to a psychiatric evaluation; attending psychotherapy; completing a professional enhancement program; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; and prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses. February 27, 2023.

BAER, TIFFANY, M.D. (A 67112), KENSINGTON, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of two patients. Physician must complete an education course and an ethics course and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $5,060.00. Public Reprimand. February 10, 2023.

BALBAS, EDWARD ALBERT G. (A 89036), RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA

Convicted of two felony counts of enabling fraudulent insurance claims and one felony count of an aggravated white-collar crime enhancement; committed acts of knowingly making or signing a document directly related to the practice of medicine that falsely represented an existence of a statement of facts; and committed acts of unprofessional conduct. Revoked. June12, 2023.

BALKOVICH, MICHAEL ERIC (G 33879), PORTLAND, OR

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. May 16, 2023.

BAUTISTA, JUAN GUERRERO M.D. (A 122998), FRESNO, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a prescribing practices course and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $4,500.00. May 24, 2023.

BENDJEMIL, SAMY-MALIK, M.D. (A 184110), FRENCH CAMP, CA

Convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and committed the act of using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public. Probationary license issued, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a clinical diagnostic evaluation prior to practicing medicine; notification to patients of probation status; notification of employer; submitting to biological fluid testing; attending substance abuse support group meetings; obtaining a worksite monitor; abstaining from the use of controlled substances; abstaining from the use of alcohol; and prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses. February 6, 2023.

BRODIE, MICHAEL LEE (A 31978), TURLOCK, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of three patients; and prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of two patients. Surrender of License. March 2, 2023.

CAMHI, SETH, M.D. (A 121153), SAN DIEGO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on probation for the duration of the five-year probationary term issued in Medical Board case no. 800-2017-038533, with terms and conditions which shall supersede all other conditions of probation previously ordered in Medical Board case no. 800-2017-038533 including, but not limited to, prohibited from ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, furnishing, or possessing any Schedule II controlled substance, except for the following: Stimulants, as defined under Health and Safety Code section 11055, subdivision (d); surrendering of DEA permit and reapply for a new DEA permit limited to those Schedules authorized by this order; maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from making or issuing any written exemption from immunization, or any other written statement providing that any child is exempt from the requirements of Chapter 1, commencing with Section 120325, of the Health and Safety Code or any successor statute relating to requirements for immunization against childhood diseases; prohibited from supervising physician assistants; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $6,020.00. March 2, 2023.

CHAMBI VENERO, ISRAEL PEDRO M.D. (A 34163), SANTA ANA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $28,048.75. July 24, 2023.

CHANG, ERIC YAO M.D. (A 104168), ORANGE, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $15,883.75. March 2, 2023.

CHAO, FU LI M.D. (A 66989), SAN MARINO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years’ probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $11,187.50. July 21, 2023.

CHASE, EMMETT M.D. (G 51614), HOOPA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, incompetence, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, prohibited from ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, furnishing, or possessing any controlled substances, with the exception of Buprenorphine, and from issuing an oral or written recommendation or approval to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $19,226.25. March 2, 2023.

CHATSUTHIPHAN, VISIT M.D. (A 32338), MORENO VALLEY, CA

Committed acts of repeated negligence and failing to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Physician must complete a medical record keeping course and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,302.00. Public Reprimand. July 31, 2023.

CHAUDHRY, PERVAIZ AKHTER M.D. (A 79662), FRESNO, CA

No admissions but charged with failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of two patients. Physician must complete a medical record keeping course and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $12,850.00. Public Reprimand. March 2, 2023.

CHENG, CHARLIE TAN M.D. (A 184634), NEW YORK, NY

Committed acts of unprofessional conduct and incompetence. Probationary license issued, placed on thirty-five months’ probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; and prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses. February 27, 2023.

CHENG, CHARLIE TAN (A 184634), NEW YORK, NY

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. July 27, 2023.

CHEN, RICHARD DAVID M.D. (G 78024), PETALUMA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; prohibited from writing vaccine exemptions for any individual; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $8,000.00. March 2, 2023.

CHESPAK, LAWRENCE WALTER M.D. (G 62697), WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA

No admissions but charged with being convicted of one misdemeanor count of public intoxication; using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; having a condition affecting his ability to practice medicine safely; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, abstaining from the use of controlled substances; abstaining from the use of alcohol; attending psychotherapy; completing a clinical diagnostic evaluation prior to practicing medicine; notification of employer; submitting to biological fluid testing; attending substance abuse support group meetings; obtaining a worksite monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,125.60. July 19, 2023.

CHINO, SHIGERU M.D. (A 21671), LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $18,000.00. July 19, 2023.

CHOI, EDWIN HYUN-KYU M.D. (A 54943), LOS ANGELES, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient; and aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; prohibited from performing liposuction procedures; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $10,960.00. July 19, 2023.

CHOI, STEPHEN SUNG DUK (C 50603), ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA

No admissions but charged with having a condition affecting his ability to practice medicine safely. Surrender of License. May 4, 2023.

CLARK, STEVAN RAY M.D. (G 63102), LOS ANGELES, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course; obtaining a practice monitor; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,712.00. March 6, 2023.

CONCEPCION, WALDO M.D. (A 40271), SAN RAMON, CA

Public Letter of Reprimand issued pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 2233 for repeated negligent acts involving interactions with staff. July 21, 2023.

DARAM, VASUKI M.D. (A 93866), SACRAMENTO, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients. Physician must complete an education course and a medical record keeping course; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $1,980.00. Public Reprimand. March 2, 2023.

DASHER, DENNIS SCOTT (G 39813), LOS ANGELES, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, excessively prescribing controlled substances, prescribing to addicts, prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Surrender of License. May 1, 2023.

DEHKORDI, BEHRANG HOSSEINI M.D. (A 138910), IRVINE, CA

No admissions but charged with being convicted of one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more, using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, abstaining from the use of controlled substances; abstaining from the use of alcohol; completing an ethics course; submitting to a psychiatric evaluation; attending psychotherapy; submitting to a medical evaluation and undergoing medical treatment; completing a clinical diagnostic evaluation; notification of employer; submitting to biological fluid testing; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $4,853.75. March 2, 2023.

DENICOLA, GREGG ANTONY (G 43562), LAGUNA BEACH, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, and unprofessional conduct in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Surrender of License. July 1, 2023.

DIEGO, SILVIA MARGARITA M.D. (A 54944), MODESTO, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $18,000.00. March 16, 2023.

DIXSON, ALANA DOREEN (A 160037), LOS ANGELES, CA

Failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Revoked. June 15, 2023.

DOOLEY, TIMOTHY RUPERT M.D. (G 69284), SAN DIEGO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients, and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; prohibited from making or issuing any written exemption from immunization, or any other written statements providing that any child is exempt from the requirements of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 120325, but excluding Section 120380) and Sections 120400, 120405, 120410, and 120415 of the Health and Safety Code; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $17,790.87. March 6, 2023.

DUNCHOK, RONNIE M.D. (A 42469), SAN DIMAS, CA

No admissions but charged with prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, repeated negligent acts, and inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances resulting in harm to patients in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $8,500.00. March 6, 2023.

EDELMAN, DAVID LEWIS M.D. (G 51844), TORRANCE, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $12,562.50. March 16, 2023.

EVANS, ROBERT STEPHEN M.D. (G 36975), YUCCA VALLEY, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $12,500.00. July 26, 2023.

EWING, SCOTT DOUGLASS (A 83530), HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation; and committed acts of dishonesty and unprofessional conduct. Revoked. March 8, 2023.

FIELDS, PETER ALAN M.D. (A 80579), SANTA MONICA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, dishonest or corrupt acts, knowingly making or signing a document directly related to the practice of medicine that falsely represents an existence of a statement of facts, and violating statutes regulating dangerous drugs or controlled substances in the care and treatment of one patient; and failure to obtain a fictitious name permit. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $8,000.00. June 16, 2023.

FIKS, VLADIMIR B. M.D. (A 55514), PORTLAND, OR

Disciplined by the Oregon Medical Board. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a clinical competence assessment program prior to practicing medicine; completing an education course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; prohibited from obtaining, purchasing, leasing, or using any equipment used for the sole purpose of vestibular testing, and from performing allergy testing for any patient or treating chronic environmental allergies via desensitization injections, except under direct supervision by another physician or within the course of a formal training program approved in advance by the Board; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $8,446.25. March 10, 2023.

FLORES, MARIE ELIZABETH SHARP M.D. (A 137398), PICO RIVERA, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Physician must complete a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $16,662.50. Public Reprimand. May 5, 2023.

GAINEY, PATRICK JOSEPH M.D. (G 141832), MODESTO, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an ethics course; completing a professional boundaries program; submitting to a psychiatric evaluation; required to have a third party chaperone present while consulting, examining or treating all patients; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $5,000.00. June 15, 2023.

GARCIA, OLIVIA VALENTINA M.D. (A 84219), VALLEJO, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of one patient. Physician must complete a prescribing practices course and an ethics course; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $11,000.00. Public Reprimand. March 2, 2023.

GENTILELLO, LARRY MICHAEL (G 89113), TIBURON, CA

Committed acts of using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked. July 7, 2023.

GERBICH, STEPHEN JOSEPH M.D. (G 59912), YUBA CITY, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, prohibited from ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, furnishing, or possessing any controlled substances except for those drugs listed in Schedules III, IV and V, and from issuing an oral or written recommendation or approval to possess or cultivate marijuana; maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $26,829.00. June 16, 2023.

GHOSH, BHARATI (A 34230), MONTCLAIR, CA

Committed acts of gross negligence, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, and unprofessional conduct in the care and treatment of one patient; and has a condition affecting her ability to practice medicine safely. Surrender of License. March 2, 2023.

GOLDSTEIN, MARK LEONARD (G 34310), WEST HILLS, CA

Admitted to being convicted of one misdemeanor count of receipt in interstate commerce of a misbranded drug and delivery or proffered delivery therefore for pay, being convicted of violating statutes regulating dangerous drugs or controlled substances, violating statutes regulating dangerous drugs or controlled substances, and committing dishonest or corrupt acts. Surrender of License. July 17, 2023.

GONZALEZ, LUIS ENRIQUE M.D. (A 166700), LOS ANGELES, CA

Convicted of one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more; used drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; and unprofessional conduct. Physician must reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $4,345.00. Public Reprimand. May 8, 2023.

GREWAL, NARINDER SINGH M.D. (C 42572), CHATSWORTH, CA

Public Letter of Reprimand issued pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 2233 for failing to adequately monitor a patient on medication and lack of record keeping. Physician must complete a medical record keeping course. February 23, 2023.

GRISWOLD, VIRGINIA JOYCE (A 41281), SAN FRANCISCO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Surrender of License. March 16, 2023.

GRUBER, MICHAEL DAVID M.D. (G 61040), BAYFIELD, CO

Committed acts of repeated negligence and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Physician must complete a prescribing practices course and medical record keeping course. Public Reprimand. February 6, 2023.

HAGADORN, BRUCE ALLAN (G 71549), MISSION VIEJO, CA

Failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Revoked. June 23, 2023.

HARPER, DAN ORVILLE M.D. (C 51231), SOLANA BEACH, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and incompetence in the care and treatment of multiple patients; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course; prohibited from making or issuing any written exemption from immunization, or any other written statements providing that any patient is exempt from the requirements of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 120325, but excluding Section 120380) and Sections 120400, 120405, 120410, and 120415 of the Health and Safety Code; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $9,500.00. March 6, 2023.

HARRISON, WILLIAM ORVILLE (G 17944), CARSON CITY, NV

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. March 2, 2023.

HASSANKHANI, ALBORZ M.D. (A 71799), LA JOLLA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, and unprofessional conduct in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Physician must complete an education course, a medical record keeping course, and a clinical competence assessment program; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $16,720.00. Public Reprimand. February 24, 2023.

HEAPS, JAMES MASON (G 53039), LOS ANGELES, CA

No admissions but charged with sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, excessively utilized diagnostic procedures, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of two patients. Surrender of License. March 14, 2023.

HENRY, KIMBERLY ANNE M.D. (G 74346), LARKSPUR, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients, and incompetence in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $21,500.00. June 22, 2023.

HEESS, JOHN ERIC M.D. (A 60636), TEMPLETON, CA

No admissions but charged with having a condition affecting his ability to practice medicine safely; using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on seven years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, abstaining from the use of controlled substances; abstaining from the use of alcohol; attending psychotherapy; notification of employer; submitting to biological fluid testing; attending substance abuse support group meetings; obtaining a worksite monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,246.00. March 16, 2023.

HENSEL, BRUCE MARTIN (G 42090), BEVERLY HILLS, CA

Convicted and required to register as a sex offender. Revoked. March 6, 2023.

HERRICK, BRADLEY DELMAR (A 55805), UNION GAP, WA

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. February 7, 2023.

HOLDEN, CHRISTOPHER M.D. (G 75635), ORANGE, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a medical record keeping course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $11,015.00. March 16, 2023.

HUBBARD, KAREEM RASHAD M.D. (A 128252), LOS GATOS, CA

Admitted to gross negligence in the care and treatment of one patient; admitted to unprofessional conduct, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients; and admitted to dishonest or corrupt acts, violating statutes regulating dangerous drugs or controlled substances, and knowingly making or signing a document directly related to the practice of medicine that falsely represented an existence of a statement of facts. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, prohibited from ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, furnishing, or possessing any controlled substances, and from issuing an oral or written recommendation or approval for the possession or cultivation of marijuana (If the Board receives written notice with documented proof DEA license has been reinstated in full and of successful completion of a prescribing practices course, the total restriction will be lifted and replaced with maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana); completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,240.00. March 3, 2023.

HULSTEDT, DOUGLAS VERN (A 42397), MONTEREY, CA

Committed acts of gross negligence, repeated negligence, and incompetence in the care and treatment of one patient; and committed acts of failing or refusing to comply with a court order to produce medical records for a Board investigation. Revoked. February 27, 2023.

HUMISTON, JOHN EDWARD (A 83402), WEST COVINA, CA

Committed acts of gross negligence and repeated negligence in the care and treatment of multiple patients, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked. March 8, 2023.

JAIN, RASHMI M.D. (C 42911), BURLINGAME, CA

No admissions but charged with unprofessional conduct, gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months’ probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $18,406.25. July 12, 2023.

KATZEN, JOHN TIMOTHY M.D. (G 85745), BEVERLY HILLS, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, incompetence, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $8,085.00. March 16, 2023.

KAZANCHIAN, ARMEN M.D. (A 53993), GLENDALE, CA

Committed acts of repeated negligence and failure to maintain adequate and adequate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient; and failed to comply with terms of his Board-ordered probation by failing to obey all laws. Revoked, stayed, placed on an additional two years' probation, to run consecutive to and take effect immediately upon completion of the probation remaining in the prior decision, with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses. July 20, 2023.

KHOO, LARRY TEIK-MAN M.D. (A 62896), LOS ANGELES, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a clinical competence assessment program; completing a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $10,982.50. March 6, 2023.

KHUNGAR, POOJA (A 94561), CHICAGO, IL

Failed to comply with the terms and conditions of her Board-ordered probation. Revoked. March 13, 2023.

KIM, CHONG UN M.D. (A 54806), TORRANCE, CA

No admissions but charged with excessively prescribing controlled substances, prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, repeated negligent acts, and incompetence in the care and treatment of three patients; and prescribing to an addict in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from prescribing opioid medications to any patient for a period longer than 90 days in total in a calendar year, and prescribing of opioid medications shall be limited to treatment of acute pain; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $2,706.25. March 6, 2023.

KIM, YOUNGJUN DAVID M.D. (A 162639), VALENCIA, CA

No admissions but charged with having a condition affecting his ability to practice medicine safely and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on six years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, notification to patients of probation status; surrender of DEA permit; abstain from the use of controlled substances; abstain from the use of alcohol; completing an ethics course; attending psychotherapy; submitting to a medical evaluation and obtaining medical treatment; notification of employer; submitting to biological fluid testing; attending substance abuse support group meetings; obtaining a worksite monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses (collectively, PANPs), provided this condition shall not apply during any period when Dr. Kim (and any such PANP) is not engaged in direct patient care; Dr. Kim must notify the Board prior to engaging in direct patient care or prior to supervising PANPs engaging in direct patient care and must have a practice monitor during any period throughout probation when he or any of his supervisee PANPs engage in direct patient care; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $5,989.00. July 26, 2023.

KOOBA, AUSTIN MERRITT M.D. (A 71262), SOLANA BEACH, CA

Reinstated, revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a clinical competence assessment program prior to resuming the practice of medicine; attending psychotherapy; obtaining a practice monitor; and prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine. February 13, 2023.

KUSHNIR, YAROSLAV (G 24238), CHULA VISTA, CA

Failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Revoked. February 9, 2023.

KWAW, ISIDORE KOFI-BREKYI M.D. (G 66583), PACIFIC PALISADES, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient, unprofessional conduct, and failing to comply with terms of his Board-ordered probation by failing to obey all laws. Revoked, stayed, placed on one year probation to run concurrently with the probationary order in Case No. 800-2014-010068 with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping; completing a clinical competence assessment program; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $12,150.00;July 5, 2023.

LE, DANIEL QUOC M.D. (G 71070), ORANGE, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence in the care and treatment of one patient; repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $25,000.00. July 26, 2023.

LE, QUY VIETHOANG M.D. (A 100948), FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and incompetence in the care and treatment of one patient; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course; obtaining a practice monitor; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $3,915.00. March 6, 2023.

LIEF, LAURENCE HOWARD (G 37686), SAN FRANCISCO, CA

No admissions but charged with having a condition affecting his ability to practice medicine safely. Surrender of License. February 15, 2023.

LIU, PERRY HSIEN-TSUNG M.D. (A 96604), BEVERLY HILLS, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on one year probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $7,187.50. February 22, 2023.

LOCKWOOD, BRUCE HAMILTON M.D. (C 40102), MALIBU, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication, excessively prescribed controlled substances, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient; and self-prescribing drugs. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $16,000.00. July 26, 2023.

LUBLIN, MATTHEW ALAN M.D. (A 82116), SANTA MONICA, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a clinical competence assessment program; obtaining a practice monitor; completing a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $9,075.00. February 17, 2023.

MAIORIELLO, MICHAEL J (A 42597), NOVATO, CA

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. June 9, 2023.

MARIANO, ROBERTO HERNANDEZ (G 73610), SHERMAN OAKS, CA

Admitted to being convicted of one felony count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and one felony count of false statement in bankruptcy. Surrender of License. May 5, 2023.

MARKUS, STEPHEN PETER (G 153534), KIRKLAND, WA

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. February 13, 2023.

MCINTYRE, DON LEE (G 49567), SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. February 13, 2023.

MCIVOR, OWEN ROWE M.D. (G 67842), REDLANDS, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $2,748.75. May 10, 2023.

MILIN, BRUCE STEVEN M.D. (G 38746), SAN FRANCISCO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, incompetence, unprofessional conduct and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on four years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $11,899.00. July 24, 2023.

MIN, YOON SUNG M.D. (A 64832), SANTA CLARITA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and prescribed to an addict in the care and treatment of one patient; repeated negligent acts, excessively prescribed controlled substances, prescribed without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $22,000.00. March 2, 2023.

MOHAMMAD, AKIKUR REZA (A 64769), WEST HILLS, CA

Admitted to being convicted of one felony count of conspiracy to pay illegal remunerations for referrals to recovery homes, one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and one misdemeanor count of alcohol-related reckless driving. Surrender of License. May 5, 2023.

MOKHLESI, ALI M.D. (C 51972), AUBURN, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence in the care and treatment of three patients, and repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Physician must complete a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, an ethics course, and a clinical competence assessment program; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $15,000.00. Public Reprimand. May 29, 2023.

MOLLICK, JOSEPH ANDREW (A 76134), MENLO PARK, CA

Convicted of one felony count of possession of child pornography. Revoked. July 30, 2023.

MORALES, AGUSTIN (A 162698), YUMA, AZ

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. February 13, 2023.

MULTANI, PRAMOD M.D. (A 38056), DOWNEY, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts, gross negligence, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient; and dishonest or corrupt acts. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; prohibited from practicing medicine within the same premises, including, without limitation, any building, where Anju Multani (his spouse) practices law, and prohibited from recommending, prescribing, and/or ordering any patient into hospice care unless conditions met; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $64,000.00. March 16, 2023.

MURRAY, SONYA RAYMOND M.D. (A 77254), LADERA RANCH, CA

No admissions but charged with having a condition affecting her ability to practice medicine safely; gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of two patients; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a clinical diagnostic evaluation prior to practicing medicine; abstaining from the use of controlled substances; abstaining from the use of alcohol; submitting to biological fluid testing; attending substance abuse support group meetings; obtaining a worksite monitor; completing an education course and an ethics course; attending psychotherapy; obtaining a practice monitor; notification of employer; notification to patients of probation status; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $7,000.00. March 2, 2023.

NEILAN, ROBERT LOWRY M.D. (A 70376), FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA

No admissions but charged with being convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more; using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, abstaining from the use of controlled substances; abstaining from the use of alcohol; submitting to biological fluid testing; completing an ethics course; submitting to a psychiatric evaluation; attending psychotherapy; submitting to a medical evaluation and obtaining medical treatment; completing a clinical diagnostic evaluation; notification of employer; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,800.00. May 19, 2023.

NGUYEN, TUAN HUU M.D. (A 32393), CANOGA PARK, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, excessively prescribing controlled substances, prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, and a medical record keeping course; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $6,881.25. June 22, 2023.

NOBLE, ANNA SKOR M.D. (A 115913), LOS ANGELES, CA

Convicted of one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more; and used alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to herself, another person, or to the public. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, abstaining from the use of alcohol; abstaining from the use of controlled substances; submitting to biological fluid testing; and reimbursing the Board its cost of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $10,000.00. June 12, 2023.

NOVAK, JAMES ANTHONY M.D. (G 44909), SAN DIEGO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence in the care and treatment of three patients; repeated negligence and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients; incompetence in the care and treatment of one patient; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on seven years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; prohibited from issuing any type of immunization exemption(s) to any patient; prohibited from performing any care or treatment of patients involving the use of insulin infusion therapy (“Trina Therapy”); prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $35,173.75. February 24, 2023.

OH KIM, SUZANNE (A 67019), IRVINE, CA

No admissions but charged with aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine; and repeated negligence and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Surrender of License. July 3, 2023.

OJURI, ADEBAMBO O. M.D. (A 46336), LOS ANGELES, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Physician must complete a clinical competence assessment program, an education course, and a medical record keeping course; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $9,163.75. Public Reprimand. June 16, 2023.

PALMER, JAMES KEITH M.D. (G 46399), SANTA ROSA, CA

Public Letter of Reprimand issued pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 2233 for pleading guilty to a violation of Penal Code (PC) section 273.5 (a), a felony; and failing to report the conviction to the Board within the mandated 30-day timeframe. May 11, 2023.

PAYNE, BRIAN C M.D. (A 67059), LOS ANGELES, CA

No admissions but charged with violating, attempting to violate, directly or indirectly, or assisting in or abetting the violation, or conspiring to violate the Moscone-Knox Professional Corporation Act; aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine; and dishonest or corrupt acts. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, cooperating fully with the Physician Assistant Board in connection with a case; completing an education course and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from serving as a Medical Director or supervisor of any Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or any other licensed or unlicensed medical personnel at any clinic or facility, unless at least 20 hours per week he is physically present at the clinic or facility at the same time as the personnel he supervises; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses unless he is physically present for at least 20 hours per week on the same premises and at the same time as the supervised physician assistants or advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $11,530.00. July 19, 2023.

PEARSON, CLINT TROY M.D. (A 63491), CRESCENT CITY, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, unprofessional conduct and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months’ probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $10,143.75. July 24, 2023.

PEDRO, CHRISTINA M.D. (A 186878), BURBANK, CA

Committed acts of unprofessional conduct and incompetence based on unusual circumstances that occurred during the training program relating to professionalism, clinical competence concerns, and medical knowledge leading to termination. Probationary license issued, placed on two years’ probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, must practice in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited postgraduate training program until an additional 12 months of postgraduate training credit is obtained; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; and prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses. June 9, 2023.

PERLEY, JONATHAN EDWARD M.D. (A 76527), LAKEWOOD, CA

Admitted to gross negligence, incompetence, and unprofessional conduct in the care and treatment of one patient. Physician must complete an education course and a custom workshop on improving physician and staff communication; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $5,000.00. Public Reprimand. March 3, 2023.

POWELSON, ANN MARIE M.D. (A 162011), FOLSOM, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Physician must complete an education course and a medical record keeping course; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $3,651.25. Public Reprimand. May 19, 2023.

RAMBERG, DONALD A M.D. (G 56939), SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of two patients; and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Physician must complete a clinical competence assessment program, an education course and a medical record keeping course; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $24,110.00. Public Reprimand. March 2, 2023.

REEDY, NAVEEN C. M.D. (A 75877), SOUTH PASADENA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient; being convicted of one misdemeanor count of reckless driving; using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; and unprofessional conduct. Physician must complete a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $7,000.00. Public Reprimand. July 24, 2023.

REYES-NG, JENNIFER DELA ROSA M.D. (A 93486), TRACY, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence in the care and treatment of three patients, repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of multiple patients, violated statutes regulating dangerous drugs or controlled substances in the care and treatment of one patient, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing a medical record keeping course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $7,658.75. March 16, 2023.

RICKERTSEN, DWAIN WILLIAM (A 45073), YUBA CITY, CA

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. February 14, 2023.

ROBBINS, CLARK HAMILTON M.D. (G 76689), DIAMOND BAR, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records and prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, fifteen days actual suspension from the practice of medicine beginning the sixteenth day after the effective date of the decision; prohibited from ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, furnishing, or possessing any controlled substances except for those drugs listed in Schedules II, III, IV and V, and from issuing an oral or written recommendation or approval to possess or cultivate marijuana; maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $17,397.50. June 16, 2023.

RODRIGUEZ, LEONEL LAMON M.D. (A 54600), BLYTHE, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, excessively prescribing controlled substances, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, prohibited from ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, furnishing, or possessing any Schedule II or Schedule III controlled substances until successful completion of a prescribing practices course; maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $7,650.00. March 16, 2023.

ROJAS, ALVARO M.D. (A 26089), LOS ANGELES, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of one patient; aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years’ probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $25,985.00. July 24, 2023.

ROSE, BARRY MARTIN M.D. (A 38658), SAUSALITO, CA

Committed acts of unprofessional conduct. Physician must complete an ethics course and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount $10,000.00. Public Reprimand. March 2, 2023.

SAFIE, NERISSA C. M.D. (A 77806), MURRIETA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient. Physician must complete an education course and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $8,242.50. Public Reprimand. June 15, 2023.

SALAKO, BABATUNDE ADEBANJO M.D. (A 105988), ANTIOCH, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and incompetence in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,170.50. June 16, 2023.

SCHEIER, MARK M.D. (A 36345), LA PALMA, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence in the care and treatment of two patients; repeated negligent acts, prescribed without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication, and excessively prescribed controlled substances in the care and treatment of three patients; failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of two patients; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on a period of probation to run concurrent with the existing probation term previously ordered, with additional terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $20,000.00. February 24, 2023.

SCHNEIDER, GERALD LANE (G 33567), SAN DIEGO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of multiple patients, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient, aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine, dishonest or corrupt acts, and unprofessional conduct. Surrender of License. March 3, 2023.

SCHULTZ, ERIC JEFFREY (G 52430), SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

Unable to satisfy the terms and conditions of his Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. May 12, 2023.

SHEIKH, FIRDOS SAMEENA M.D. (A 50704), ELK GROVE, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of multiple patients; and failure to participate in a Board interview. Revoked, stayed, placed on six years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, maintaining a record of all controlled substances ordered, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or possessed and any recommendations or approvals to possess or cultivate marijuana; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; obtaining a practice and billing monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $71,382.57. June 16, 2023.

SHIN, CARL HYUN-GEOL M.D. (A 60900), SACRAMENTO, CA

Public Letter of Reprimand issued pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 2233 for failing to provide complete medical records for treatment of patients. July 13, 2023.

SINEL, MICHAEL STEVEN (G 65692), SANTA MONICA, CA

No admissions but charged with being convicted of one felony count of conspiracy to solicit, receive, and pay illegal remuneration for health care referrals; dishonest or corrupt acts; and revocation of license by another state. Surrender of License. March 3, 2023.

SPIVAK, RYAN MATTHEW M.D. (A 113632), AGOURA HILLS, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failing to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on two years' probation to run consecutively from the conclusion of the probation term in the Board's Decision in Case No. 800-2019-061086, for a total of eleven (11) years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a clinical diagnostic evaluation; prohibited from ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, furnishing, or possessing any controlled substances and from issuing an oral or written recommendation or approval to possess or cultivate marijuana; abstaining from the use of controlled substances; providing forty hours of non-medical community service; completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; submitting to biological fluid testing; attending substance abuse support group meetings; attending psychotherapy; submitting to a medical evaluation and obtaining medical treatment; obtaining a practice monitor; obtaining a worksite monitor; notification of employer; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $17,376.00. June 6, 2023.

STALEY, JENNINGS RYAN (C 54121), SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA

Admitted to being convicted of one felony count of illegally importing merchandise in violation of title 18, section 545 of the United States Code; dishonest or corrupt acts; using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; prescribing without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication; and violating statutes regulating dangerous drugs or controlled substances. Surrender of License. May 9, 2023.

STANDEFER, CHARLOTTE BOBO (G 78053), MARTINEZ, CA

Failed to comply with the terms and conditions of her Board-ordered probation. Surrender of License. February 2, 2023.

SYED, HOZAIR MOHAMMED M.D. (A 111058), ANAHEIM, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients; and incompetence in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, notification to patients of probation status; completing an education course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $20,000.00. May 19, 2023.

TABIBIAN, HOOSHANG (A 40845), LOS ANGELES, CA

Admitted to having a condition affecting his ability to practice medicine safely and engaging in conduct that would have warranted denial of a certificate. Surrender of License. June 22, 2023.

TAM, TONY YUK MAN M.D. (G 71710), MODESTO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient, and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $28,102.00. June 16, 2023.

TAUBER, JACOB ERIC M.D. (G 41526), ARCADIA, CA

Convicted of one felony count of conspiracy to commit a criminal offense, and dishonest or corrupt acts. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, thirty days actual suspension from the practice of medicine beginning the sixteenth day after the effective date of the decision; completing an ethics course; obtaining a billing monitor; prohibited from engaging in the solo practice of medicine; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $5,722.50. June 16, 2023.

TOUFAILY, MOHAMAD (A 164638), UPLAND, CA

Failed to comply with a Board-ordered examination and committed unprofessional conduct. Revoked. July 13, 2023.

TSAI, TSUNG-LIN ROGER M.D. (A 132950), WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

No admissions but charged with incompetence, gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of one patient; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; completing a clinical competence assessment program; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $10,088.00. March 2, 2023.

VO, TIEN TAN M.D. (A 111104), EL CENTRO, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, and unprofessional conduct in the care and treatment of one patient. Physician must complete an education course, a medical record keeping course, and a clinical competence assessment program; and reimburse the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $15,340.00. March 6, 2023.

WASHINGTON, ROGER WILLIAM M.D. (G 52316), SAN JOSE, CA

Admitted to unprofessional conduct, gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of one patient. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years’ probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $12,213.75. May 19, 2023.

WILLIAMS, TROY CHRISTOPHER M.D. (A 103922), WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on five years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, including, as a condition precedent to supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses, an additional 20 hours of continuing education specifically in the field of obstetrics and pregnancy complications; completing a medical record keeping course and an ethics course; obtaining a practice monitor; completing at least twelve (12) proctored vaginal and/or C-section deliveries; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $8,515.00. March 6, 2023.

WINTER, ROMAN MODIN M.D. (A 123848), SANTA MARIA, CA

No admissions but charged with being convicted of one misdemeanor count of wet reckless; using drugs and/or alcohol in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to himself, another person, or to the public; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years’ probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course, a prescribing practices course, a medical record keeping course, and an ethics course; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $15,710.25. July 14, 2023.

WONG, CHRISTOPHER CHEW M.D. (A 99051), SAN FRANCISCO, CA

No admissions but charged with repeated negligent acts and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of multiple patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on thirty-five months' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing a prescribing practices course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $13,726.00. June 16, 2023.

WU, JOHN HONG YAN M.D. (A 29670), SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Admitted to gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, incompetence, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients; and prescribed without an appropriate prior medical examination or indication in the care and treatment of two patients. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from supervising physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $5,922.50. March 16, 2023.

YANG, SARAH M.D. (A 187957), SAN JOSE, CA

Public Letter of Reprimand issued pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 2221.05 for being convicted of reckless driving under Vehicle Code section 23103. June 16, 2023.

ZENG, ZHI M.D. (A 70119), SAN GABRIEL, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, and performing an elective cosmetic procedure without an appropriate physical examination in the care and treatment of one patient; and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and a medical record keeping course; obtaining a practice monitor; prohibited from performing liposuction procedures; prohibited from supervising physician assistants; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $11,550.00. May 24, 2023.

ZIEROLD, DUSTIN M.D. (A 85833), ROSEVILLE, CA

No admissions but charged with gross negligence and repeated negligent acts in the care and treatment of one patient, and unprofessional conduct. Revoked, stayed, placed on three years' probation with terms and conditions including, but not limited to, completing an education course and an ethics course; submitting to a psychiatric evaluation; obtaining a practice monitor; and reimbursing the Board its costs of investigation and enforcement in the amount of $8,386.25. July 14, 2023.

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