Dr. Alvin Reiter, Beverly Hills: Convicted of four counts of mail fraud and aiding and abetting the submission of false and fraudulent medical claims. Revocation of license stayed, seven years' probation. Effective Aug. 20, 2001.
Dr. Rubina Shaheen, Anaheim: Committed dishonest acts by failing to disclose information regarding prior dismissal and termination from a residency program on an application for membership to an HMO program. Disciplined via public reprimand.** Effective Oct. 1, 2001.
Dr. William Elson Shell, Los Angeles: Charged with violation of terms and conditions of Medical Board-ordered probation. No admissions; current probation extended until Dec. 31, 2001, or until the terms and conditions of the decision are completed. Effective Oct. 10, 2001.
Dr. Gunnar Anders Smars, Redlands: Convicted of falsely representing his name in a passport application and failed to comply with court-ordered probation. License revoked. Effective Oct. 9, 2001.
Dr. Parvin Syal, Northridge: Criminal conviction for filing false or fraudulent Medi-Cal claims. Revocation of license stayed, three years' probation. Effective Oct. 29, 2001.
Dr. Forest Searls Tennant Jr., West Covina: Criminal conviction for filing false or fraudulent Medi-Cal claims. Revocation of license stayed, four years' probation. Effective Sept. 24, 2001. Dr. David Michael Vesco, Calabasas: Prescribed excessive controlled substances to a patient with a history of drug abuse without attempting to treat chronic pain by methods other than medication. Revocation of license stayed, two years' probation. Effective Sept. 6, 2001.
* A lesser form of discipline that can be negotiated for minor violations before or after the filing of formal charges (accusations). The licensee is chastised in the form of a letter that becomes a part of his or her public record.
** A public reprimand, another lesser form of discipline, is similar to a public letter of reprimand except that it must be the result of charges that are filed. The reprimand becomes a part of his or her public record.
Note: Copies of the public record documents attendant to these cases are available at minimal cost by calling the Medical Board's Central File Room at (916) 263-2525. Source: Medical Board of California, Sacramento.