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Medical Disciplinary Actions

January 30, 2002

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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