Three Indian American doctors have lost their jobs in New Jersey for alleged bad behavior over the last seven months, according to the Office of Attorney General. They are among 15 physicians who ran into trouble for recklessly disregarding their professional and ethical obligations, the South Brunswick Patch reported. Among those who were sanctioned by the State Board of Medical Examiners include Drs. Prithvi Narayan, Nandavar K. Ramchandra and Pramila Byahatti.
The Patch says these “sanctions came as Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s office continues to lead his statewide crackdown on reckless medical practices through the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies, or NJ CARES.” Grewal’s office has “successfully petitioned the State Board of Medical Examiners to suspend or revoke the professional licenses of dozens of doctors who have “recklessly disregarded their professional and ethical obligations, or subjected them to other professional discipline.”
On Feb 25, Narayan was ordered to permanently surrender his license after a Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital employee accused him of sexual harassment. He surrendered his license without admitting to misconduct, the board said according to the Patch.
Last December, a relapse into alcohol abuse led to the license suspension of Nandavar K. Ramchandra on Dec. 21, 2020. Ramchandran’s first suspension came in December 2005. However, his license “was reinstated with provisions in 2011, after five years of sobriety,” The Patch said. However, it was suspended again in 2013, but reinstated in 2016 “with stipulations that included mandating him to practice only in the presence of another physician who was aware of his history, The Patch said. “Those provisions were removed in 2019 on the condition that he remains 100 percent abstinent, but his license was once again suspended in December for violating that provision.”
A few months earlier, on Oct. 8, 2020, Pramila Byahatti permanently retired her license retroactively to July 2, 2020, “for indiscriminately prescribing large amounts of opiates and other controlled dangerous substances without required examinations.” She also failed to order appropriate diagnostic testing, monitor her patients’ use of CDS, and appropriately screen for possible substance abuse.
(Top photo, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal who led the crackdown on reckless medical practices.)