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Division of Consumer Affairs
Press Release

Attorney General
Anne Milgram
Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
David Szuchman
For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2009
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
Board of Medical Examiners Ratifies
Temporary License Suspension for Dr. Parvez Dara

NEWARK - The State Board of Medical Examiners at its monthly meeting today ratified an order issued last Friday that temporarily suspends the license of Dr. Parvez Dara to practice medicine in New Jersey.

A two-member committee of the BME on April 3 voted to immediately suspend Dr. Daras license following a daylong hearing. The hearing was held after the Office of the Attorney General sought a temporary license suspension based on chronic and recurrent failure of infection control. Five cases of hepatitis B have been confirmed in patients who were treated at his practice.

"The Board of Medical Examiners has acted quickly on a matter that clearly touches on the health, safety and welfare of the public," Attorney General Anne Milgram said. "Patient safety was our primary concern and Im appreciative that the Board agreed that temporary license suspension is appropriate given the facts in this matter."

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) provided evidence and expert testimony during Fridays hearing. DHSS and the Ocean County Health Department have coordinated the public health epidemiological investigation and response and sent letters to approximately 2,800 patients seen by Dr. Dara urging them to get tested for exposure to hepatitis B and other bloodborne pathogens.

Dr. Dara, who has offices in Toms River and Whiting, was required by the BME to make arrangements to provide patients with their medical records.

"Patients who need their medical records to ensure continuity of care will be able to obtain their records," said David Szuchman, Consumer Affairs Director.

Deputy Attorney General Siobhan Krier represented the state in this matter.


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