The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) took the following disciplinary actions at its June 8, 2012, meeting:
- Christopher J. Kovanda, a plastic surgeon from Maple Grove, MN, had his ACS Fellowship placed on probation with conditions for reinstatement. That action followed a disciplinary action from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice after it was determined that he had engaged in sexual conduct with a patient.
- A colon and rectal surgeon has had a nonpublic disciplinary action taken against his ACS Fellowship following charges that he had violated the Bylaws, Article VII, Sections 1(f) and (i), when providing expert witness testimony in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Michael Omidi, a plastic surgeon from Los Angeles, CA, had his full ACS Fellowship privileges restored following a period of probation. Dr. Omidi fulfilled the conditions for reinstatement as determined by the Central Judiciary Committee (CJC) and approved by the Board of Regents in June of 2009.
The following disciplinary actions were taken by the Board of Regents at its September 29, 2012, meeting:
- George D. Griffin III, MD, FACS, an orthopaedic surgeon from Cincinnati, OH, had his Fellowship placed on probation with conditions for reinstatement of his full Fellowship privileges. This action was taken following disciplinary action by the State Medical Board of Ohio following allegations that he had failed to conform to minimal standards of care with respect to 14 patients.
- Kevin M. Lorenz, MD, an ophthalmic surgeon from Bismark, ND, was suspended from the College with conditions for reinstatement of his Fellowship. This action was taken following disciplinary action by the Montana Board of Medical Examiners and the North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners. Those states took disciplinary action based on a determination that Dr. Lorenz had practiced medicine while under the influence of alcohol.
- Michael L. Smith, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Williamston, NC, had his Fellowship placed on probation with conditions for reinstatement. This action was taken following disciplinary action by the North Carolina Medical Board finding that Dr. Smith was treating family members for non-minor, non-emergent medical conditions on more than one occasion.
Definition of terms
Following are the disciplinary actions that may be imposed for violations of the principles of the College.
Admonition: A written notification, warning, or serious rebuke.
Censure: A written judgment, condemning the Fellow or Member’s actions as wrong. This is a firm reprimand.
Probation: A punitive action for a stated period of time, during which the Member: (a) loses the rights to hold office and to participate as a leader in College programs; (b) retains other privileges and obligations of membership; (c) will be reconsidered by the Central Judiciary Committee periodically and at the end of the stated term.
Suspension: A severe punitive action for a period of time, during which the Fellow or Member, according to the membership status: (a) loses the rights to attend and vote at College meetings, to hold office, and to participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs; (b) is subject to the removal of the Member’s name from the public listing and mailing list of the College; (c) surrenders his or her Fellowship certificate to the College, and no longer explicitly or implicitly claims to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; (d) pays the visitor’s registration fee when attending College programs; (e) is not subject to the payment of annual dues. When the suspension is lifted, the Fellow or Member is returned to full privileges and obligations of Fellowship.
Expulsion: The certificate of Fellowship and all other indicia of Fellowship or membership previously issued by the College must be forthwith returned to the College. The surgeon thereafter shall not explicitly or implicitly claim to be a Fellow or Member of the American College of Surgeons and may not participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs.