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Medical Disciplinary Actions

November 02, 1994

The Medical Board of California licenses physicians and other medical professionals. It also investigates medical complaints and issues disciplinary actions. The most serious penalties include license revocation, suspension and probation.

These are the Los Angeles County medical professionals subject to serious disciplinary actions between May 1, 1994 and Aug. 31, 1994, according to medical board documents. Final actions are published only after all appeals are exhausted.

DOCTORS

Chester R. Barnes M.D., Los Angeles: Conviction for illegal distribution of controlled substances. Gross negligence and incompetence in prescribing practices, including excessive prescribing and prescribing without prior exam and medical indication. Revocation of license stayed; five years' probation. Effective May 25.

Dave Comar M.D., Los Angeles: Gross negligence, incompetence and repeated negligent acts by general surgeon in the inadequate diagnosis and treatment of a gunshot-wound patient admitted in the emergency room. Revocation of license stayed; five years' probation. Effective July 4.

David E. Comings M.D., Duarte: Excessively prescribed controlled substances to his wife, thereby committing gross negligence, incompetence and repeated negligent acts. Revocation of license stayed; five years' probation. Effective June 3.

Jens W. Dimmick, M.D., Rolling Hills Estates: Used unlicensed persons and a licensed physical therapy assistant to perform physical therapy without proper supervision by a registered physical therapist. Revocation of license stayed; five years' probation. Effective May 27.

Monica Watts Hurtado, M.D., Woodland Hills: Conviction for attempting to pass as genuine an altered prescription for Vicodin ES, a controlled drug. Heroin abuse. False documents. Diverted Demerol intended for patients for self-use. License revoked. Effective June 12.

Harold Zay Johnson, M.D., Long Beach: Disciplined by Washington State Medical Board based on alleged impairment due to alcoholism. Texas Medical Board discipline also based on above action. California license revoked. Effective May 1.

Venus Navarro Julian, M.D., Van Nuys: Gross negligence, incompetence and repeated negligent acts in the management of a patient in her eighth month of pregnancy at the emergency room. Revocation of license stayed; license suspended for 30 days; five years' probation. Effective June 22.

Alan S. Lake, M.D., Long Beach: Alcohol abuse. Convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol, including a felony conviction involving an injury that led to a two-year state prison sentence. Revocation of license stayed; three years' probation. Effective July 21.

Clifford Murakami, M.D., Los Angeles: Conviction for prescribing controlled drugs without a legitimate medical purpose. Indiscriminate prescribing of Valium, Fastin, Dalmane and Tylenol No. 3 with Codeine without prior exam and medical indication, constituting gross negligence, incompetence and excessive prescribing. Revocation of license stayed; five years' probation. Effective June 22.

Myung K. Rha, M.D., Palos Verdes: Multiple acts of sexual misconduct with four female patients. License revoked. Effective May 17.

Michael J. Scolaro, M.D., Los Angeles: Engaged in unsupervised research for experimental treatment of terminally ill AIDS patients through inoculations under a "viruses compete theory." He failed to follow well-established standard research protocols. He also failed to submit his research to an independent institutional review committee before conducting human experimentation. Ninety-day suspension of license stayed; three years' probation. Effective July 1.

Harold R. Sherwood, M.D., Culver City: Conviction for prescribing controlled substances without legitimate medical purpose. License revoked. Effective May 17.

Daniel M. Silver, M.D., Los Angeles: This orthopedic surgeon had a significant beneficial interest in an orthopedic brace retail shop. He failed to disclose his interest to patients he referred to this shop for knee braces, as required by state law. One-year suspension of license stayed; three years' probation. Effective Aug. 20.

Richard Wineland, M.D., Burbank: Failed to evaluate a patient in need of emergency services prior to transferring to another hospital, in violation of Health and Safety Code. Revocation of license stayed; five years' probation. Effective June 13.

Stephen J. Winston, M.D., Los Angeles: Fraudulently billed insurance companies for excessive diagnostic procedures and tests that were performed without medical indication, justification or documentation. Gross negligence, incompetence, dishonesty, false documents, deceptive alteration of records. License revoked. Effective June 15.

ACUPUNCTURISTS

Sang Kook Bae, Los Angeles: Conviction for bribery in connection with payment to an official for advance answers to the 1983 state acupuncture exam. License revoked. Effective July 14.

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