Disciplinary actions taken in 2016

The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) took the following disciplinary actions at its February 5, 2016, meeting in Chicago, IL:

  • Ramakrishna Kothalanka, MD, a general surgeon from Florida and Arizona, was expelled from the College. This action was taken following the revocation of his license to practice medicine in Arizona and previous disciplinary actions by the states of Florida and New Jersey in relation to his license to practice medicine.
  • Jeffrey Allen Zapora, MD, a general surgeon from Macungie, PA, was expelled from the College. This action was taken following the suspension of his license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania and suspension of his hospital privileges following his arrest on charges of indecent exposure.

The Board of Regents took the following disciplinary actions at its June 3, 2016, meeting in Chicago:

  • A general surgeon was censured following a complaint alleging that this Fellow had failed to respond to certain trauma patients in violation of federal regulations and the ACS Bylaws, Article VII, Section 1(f).
  • A general surgeon was admonished after being charged with possible violation of the ACS Bylaws, Article VII, Section 1(f). This action was taken after this Fellow was named in a complaint alleging failure to respond appropriately to patients in an emergency room setting.
  • A general surgeon was censured after it was determined that expert witness testimony provided by this surgeon in a medical malpractice lawsuit violated the ACS “Statement on the physician acting as an expert witness” and the Bylaws, Article VII, Section 1(i).

The Board of Regents took the following disciplinary actions at its October 14, 2016, meeting in Washington, DC.

  • Matthew J. Goldschmidt, MD, FACS, an oral-maxillofacial surgeon from Chagrin Falls, OH, had his Fellowship placed on probation with conditions for reinstatement. This action was taken following disciplinary action by the State Medical Board of Ohio placing his license to practice medicine on probation for three years with terms and conditions. The state took action after he admitted that he had created documents months and years after the actual date of service to make patient charts more complete.

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.

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