Disciplinary actions taken in 2017

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.

The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) took the following disciplinary actions at its February 10, 2017, meeting in Chicago, IL:

  • Ron Samuel Israeli, MD, a urology surgeon from New Jersey, was expelled from the College. This action was taken after his license to practice medicine in the state of New York was placed on probation following a finding that he committed professional misconduct by practicing medicine with negligence on more than one occasion.

The Board of Regents took the following disciplinary actions at its June 9, 2017, meeting in Chicago:

  • A plastic surgeon from Riverside, CA, was censured. The Board of Regents took this action following a disciplinary action from the California Medical Board related to patient care.
  • Tadge Kanjo, MD, a general surgeon from Utah, was expelled from the College. This action was taken following disciplinary action from the Colorado Medical Board that resulted in the relinquishment of his license to practice medicine in that state after he failed to comply with a board order.
  • An otolaryngologist from Somersworth, NH, was censured by the ACS following disciplinary action from the New Hampshire Board of Medicine.

The Board of Regents took the following disciplinary actions at its October 20, 2017, meeting in San Diego, CA:

  • A general surgeon from Morristown, NJ, was admonished. The Board of Regents took this action following a finding that this surgeons’ expert witness testimony was in violation of the ACS Bylaws.
  • Michael Lee King, MD, a general surgeon from Pueblo, CO, was suspended from the College with terms and conditions for reinstatement. This action was taken following the revocation of his license to practice medicine in the State of Colorado.
  • Larry David Tice, MD, FACS, a neurosurgeon from Fruita, CO, had his full Fellowship privileges restored following a period of probation. That probation followed a state medical board action related to unprofessional conduct.

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