NEW: RI Doc Suspended for Marijuana Abuses, Another Terminated for Facebook Misuse
Monday, April 18, 2011
Marijuana Abuses in Pawtucket
Yogesh B. Pancholi, MD, according to HEALTH documents, came to Rhode Island from New York where he was being monitored by the NY Committee for Physicians Health, beginning in March 2000. At that time, his monitoring contract responsibilities were transferred to the RI Medical Society Physician Health Committee. Doctor Pancholi was diagnosed at the Farley Center as having an impairing disorder, alcohol abuse, and marijuana abuse. He was reported to have bought "substances over the internet which were designed to provide false negative readings for substance abuse monitoring by the Physician Health Committee."
Further, Dr. Pancholi has advertised his medical marijuana business in a local magazine where he offered to teach people "how to grow marijuana and perform the evaluations which he charged between $350 and $400 (cash only) per patient.
The Director of Health has determined that the continuation of the practice of medicine by Dr. Pancholi "constitutes an immediate threat to the health, welfare, and safety of the public."
Facebook Misuse in Westerly
Alexandra Thran, MD, has had clinical privileges terminated at Westerly Hospital because she had used her Facebook account "inappropiately to communicate a few of her clinical experiences in the Hospital's Emergency Room," according the HEALTH documents.
While Dr. Thran did not use patient names and "had no intention to reveal any confidential patient information," according to HEALTH, "the nature of one person's injury was such that the patient was identified by unauthorized third parties."
Doctor Thran has since deleted her Facebook account.