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News Release
10/23/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SANTA ROSA, CA: In 2008, two of Dr. Gurney's employees reported that he was ordering large quantities of multiple controlled substances, on a regular basis, that were not used for patient care. They also reported that Dr. Gurney was practicing "all the time" while under the influence. The Medical Board reported that one of his...
News Release
10/22/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SAN DIEGO, CA: An admitted alcoholic, Dr. Greer has had a long history of alcohol abuse, having started drinking when he was about 15 years old and continuing through medical school. He has been convicted of DUIs three separate times. As a result of his alcoholism, Dr. Greer entered the Medical Board's now-defunct diversion program, which kept...
News Release
10/21/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA: In 2007, Dr. Goldenberg was first found to be high while on duty. A nurse heard him slurring his words and saying inappropriate things. Dr. Goldenberg admitted that he had been abusing codeine cough syrup and sleeping pills while on call. Even so, he was allowed to continue to practice until September 2008, when he was again...
News Release
10/20/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SACRAMENTO, CA: Based on complaints that Dr. Candelaria was providing anesthesia in her husband's office without the requisite training, the Medical Board opened an investigation. The investigation uncovered an instance in which allegedly “Dr. Candelaria was administering anesthesia (believed to be Demerol) intravenously to a patient in...
News Release
10/19/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA – Today U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer stood with victims of medical negligence and families who lost their children to preventable medical error and called on California voters to support the patient safety protections in Proposition 46. Consumer Watchdog released the first Yes on 46 Spanish campaign advertisement, featuring...
News Release
10/16/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A victim of medical negligence at the hands of an Orange County doctor with a history of alcohol abuse, a physician and consumer advocates unveiled a new television ad for Yes on Prop 46 today, highlighting how Prop 46 will identify and deter physician substance abuse with random drug and alcohol testing. The ad pictures a...
News Release
10/14/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
MARIN, CA: In January 1990, Dr. Chiarottino’s license was placed on five years probation when the Medical Board found that he had falsely and dishonestly prescribed multiple controlled substances to himself. However, Dr. Chiarottino failed to comply with his probation terms and his license was revoked in September 1991. Eight years later, in...
News Release
10/13/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
BEVERLY HILLS, CA: As reported earlier this week by the Orange County Register, last Friday, October 10, 2014, the Medical Board revoked the license of Dr. Jan Adams, a doctor whose troubled practice was littered with incidents -- but he only made news when he operated on Donda West, the mother of celebrity Kanye West, the day before she died. In...
News Release
10/11/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Dr. Kuemmerle, a methamphetamine addict, was the most prolific prescriber of Adderall and the second-highest prescriber of narcotics in the state. Records show his reckless prescribing went uninvestigated until a drug dealer Dr. Kuemmerle was selling prescriptions to was arrested by an undercover officer. The...
News Release
10/9/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: Dr. West was a plastic surgeon with complaints of negligence and dishonesty filed by at least six severely deformed patients beginning in 2000. None of them knew that West had a substance abuse problem, or that he had entered the Medical Board’s secret (and now defunct) addiction monitoring program. In 2005, Dr. West...