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June 30, 1989 | By Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state's revocation of Main Line neurosurgeon Samuel S. Lyness' medical license was thrown out yesterday by Commonwealth Court, which said that some of the doctor's accusers may have waited too long to file their sexual-assault complaints. In a 25-page opinion, the court vacated the March 1988 decision by the state Board of Medicine permanently revoking Lyness' license for "immoral and unprofessional conduct. " Writing for the court, Judge Bernard L. McGinley sent the case back to the medical board, saying the state had failed to determine "whether Lyness proved that the alleged victims unreasonably delayed in filing their complaints, and whether he was prejudiced by any such delay.
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March 23, 1988 | By JOHN M. BAER, Daily News Staff Writer
More than three years after his arrest on charges of sexually assaulting female patients, Bryn Mawr neurosurgeon Dr. Samuel S. Lyness has been stripped of his license to practice medicine. By a 5-1 vote here yesterday, the State Board of Medicine went beyond its own examiner's recommedation and ordered Lyness' license revoked. The action can be appealed to Commonwealth Court. Lyness' attorney could not be reached for comment. The decision represents the board's toughest possible action.
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August 26, 1997 | By Andrea Gerlin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even as a child, David Tremoglie pretended to practice medicine. At his cousin Bob's eighth birthday party, he arrived with a stethoscope dangling around his neck and demonstrated its use to other children. More recently, Tremoglie presented himself as a licensed psychiatrist to more than 500 patients he treated at a mental health center in Northeast Philadelphia. He wrote prescriptions, counseled patients about their most intimate problems, and occasionally arranged for them to be admitted to a local psychiatric hospital, according to a lawyer for some of the patients.
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June 11, 1998 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A former Gloucester County medical examiner who was convicted last year of witness-tampering and accused of mutilating a corpse surrendered his New Jersey medical license yesterday. During an administrative hearing before the state Board of Medical Examiners, Claus P. Speth surprised everyone by agreeing to a settlement offered by the board that allows for his credentials of 28 years to be reinstated if his guilty verdict is overturned. Otherwise, Speth's license will be revoked.
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February 7, 2004 | By Adam Fifield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former general practitioner at Wenonah Medical Associates was sentenced yesterday to four years probation for criminal sexual contact with three female patients last summer. As part of a plea agreement with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, Michael C. Lafon, 45, of Haddonfield, must forfeit his medical license, receive counseling, and stay away from his victims. During the hearing before Superior Court Judge Walter Marshall, Lafon's attorney, Charles Iannuzzi, argued that his client had no previous criminal history and would "respond favorably" to probation.
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October 30, 2002 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Paoli dentist, already facing the loss of his license, heard a former patient testify yesterday that she painfully regrets allowing him to remove 13 of her fillings based on his scary warnings about mercury poisoning. Jana Nestlerode, 53, of West Chester, said that after Dr. Anthony Roeder removed and replaced her amalgam fillings with composites, she endured months of pain and was unable to eat solid food. Since then, she has had one tooth extracted and four root canals. Nestlerode, who teaches criminal law at West Chester University, sued Roeder for malpractice in March 2000.
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November 2, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Two Philadelphia doctors who have testified that they signed numerous OxyContin and Xanax prescriptions to help Bensalem physician Richard G. Paolino were arrested yesterday on fraud and drug trafficking charges. Wesley Collier, 52, and David F. Harmon, 53, had said under oath in April that they were hired to cover Paolino's busy pain practice - signing prescription blanks that Paolino allegedly issued to patients for cash after he lost his medical license. Arrested separately by state and federal drug agents, they were brought back to the same district justice's courtroom where they testified at Paolino's preliminary hearing.
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March 19, 1993 | By Walter F. Roche Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The chief deputy in the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, Ian C. Hood, has held the post for more than two years without a Pennsylvania medical license, a requirement of his job. According to the Department of State in Harrisburg, Hood obtained a license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania from the state Board of Medicine on Nov. 15, 1989. According to records the license expired on Dec. 31, 1990, and was never renewed. According to state officials, Hood's license would have been renewed had he completed and submitted a renewal form and the required $80 fee. But when the state sent a notice to Hood at the California address he had listed on his application, it was returned undelivered with no forwarding address, said Denise Henke, a department spokeswoman.
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March 3, 1996 | By Suzanne Gordon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For many newspapers readers, the name Lyness is synonymous with allegations of sexual misconduct by a well-known neurosurgeon. But to the legal community, it represents case law that set new standards for the way government bodies in Pennsylvania conduct themselves. The case of Dr. Samuel S. Lyness, who was accused of sexually molesting six female patients while practicing at Bryn Mawr Hospital, ended Tuesday when the state Board of Medicine dismissed all charges against the doctor.
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March 8, 2010 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kevin Lickfield, convicted in 2003 of illegally selling prescriptions for powerful painkillers, wanted a second chance to practice medicine. "Frankly, I am a middle-aged man who would simply like to be useful again," the Pennsauken doctor wrote to a federal judge in 2008, seeking to terminate his supervised release in an effort to get his medical license reinstated. He assured the judge he would prove himself worthy. U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle turned Lickfield down.
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July 5, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the State of New Jersey yanked Steven Brigham's medical license last fall, the lead prosecutor lambasted the abortion doctor for 20-plus years of being "slippery and disingenuous. " Now Brigham is at it again, according to a complaint filed last month by the Attorney General's Office. The complaint is actually against Vikram Kaji, the 79-year-old medical director of Brigham's eight clinics in New Jersey, which make up the bulk of his multistate abortion business, advertised as American Women's Services.
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August 23, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
South Jersey-based abortion provider Steven Brigham, who has spent much of his two-decade career fighting charges of misconduct and negligence, suffered a major blow Thursday in his bid to keep his medical license in New Jersey. An administrative judge recommended permanent revocation of Brigham's medical privileges, which were suspended almost four years ago after one of his patients was critically injured during a botched abortion. If the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners upholds the judge's decision, Brigham, 57, will lose his eight clinics in that state, which have continued to operate and make up the bulk of his multistate business, called American Women's Services.
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July 11, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Attorney General's Office has advised South Jersey prosecutors to review all autopsies conducted by a former state pathologist who had been barred from practicing medicine in New Mexico. Hisham Hashish, 52, started work as an assistant medical examiner for South Jersey less than two months after he surrendered his medical license in New Mexico in 2011. He was barred from doing autopsies and practicing medicine there based on allegations of negligence, according to records reviewed by The Inquirer.
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December 5, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three years ago, New Jersey regulators suspended abortion provider Steven Brigham's medical license for endangering and deceiving patients. During the suspension hearing, he testified that he was covered by medical malpractice insurance. Now, as Brigham, 57, tries to regain his license, New Jersey prosecutors have submitted evidence that his sworn statement was yet another lie. They allege that not only did he stop carrying required liability insurance around 2006, but last month produced a phony insurance policy when forced to back up the statement.
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July 18, 2013 | By Margery A. Beck, Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. - An Indiana doctor accused of killing four people with ties to a Nebraska medical school that fired him was denied medical licenses in at least two states after being dismissed from Creighton University more than a decade ago. Anthony Garcia was fired from his residency in 2001 for erratic behavior. He appeared before an Illinois judge Tuesday to face charges in the slayings, which took place in two separate attacks five years apart. Garcia stands accused in the killing of a pathology professor and his wife earlier this year, as well as the 2008 stabbings of another professor's son and housekeeper in a neighborhood near the home of billionaire Warren Buffett.
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July 17, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
They called Eileen O'Neill a compassionate, dedicated doctor, and the glue that unified her scattered family and kept alive her 82-year-old mother. What no one could explain - O'Neill included - was why she worked 15 years without getting a medical license, the last nine in the now-notorious West Philadelphia clinic of Kermit Gosnell. Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart was mystified even as he sentenced O'Neill on Monday to six to 23 months of house arrest on fraud and conspiracy charges involving her work as an unlicensed physician at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society.
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May 1, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
AFTER ABOUT two hours of deliberation yesterday, the jurors who will decide the fate of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell had their first questions for the capital-murder trial's presiding judge. In addition to requesting the name of a woman named in one of the hundreds of criminal counts that Gosnell faces, the panel also asked Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart to define the charge "theft by deception," of which Gosnell co-defendant Eileen O'Neill has been charged with six counts.
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April 5, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After seven years as a biochemical researcher, years more dabbling as a partner in a Charlottesville, Va., bar, and medical school in the Caribbean island of Grenada, Steve Massof said it was time to go to his "backup plan" - become a doctor. But finding a medical residency program was tough for someone looking in the "offseason" and just starting to take the licensing exams. Then, Massof said, his brother-in-law, a pharmaceutical firm representative, told him about a West Philadelphia doctor he regularly visited: Kermit Gosnell.
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January 18, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AN UPPER DARBY man lured a 12-year-old boy into his house, where he covered the child's feet with athlete's-foot spray, tickled them and then examined the boy as if he were a doctor, according to police. When Paul Simon Jamrozik, 63, was done, he made the boy promise to bring his friends along the next time so he could examine them, too, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Instead, the boy told his dad, who called police. Jamrozik was charged with indecent assault, corruption of minors, unlawful restraint and luring.
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September 2, 2012
Help catch 2 shooters Police released surveillance footage Friday of two men wanted in connection with a shooting in Olney that left a 22-year-old woman in the hospital Monday. The woman was leaving a Chinese carryout on 4th Street near Champlost Avenue around 5:20 p.m. and got into an argument with two men while she was inside. When the three left the carryout, one of the men pulled a gun and fired two shots, which left the victim with a graze wound on her abdomen, police said. She was in stable condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
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