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Medical Disciplinary Actions

July 23, 2002

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, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura county physicians who were subject to serious disciplinary actions from Feb. 1 to April 30, according to Medical Board documents.

Generally, final actions are published only after all appeals are exhausted.

Dr. Gary Melvin Alpern, Thousand Oaks: Terminated from the Medical Board's diversion program because of failure to abstain from alcohol use or consumption. Revocation of license stayed, seven years' probation. Effective Feb. 13.

Dr. Musya Branovan, Los Angeles: Convicted of mail fraud; charged with engaging in acts of dishonesty and corruption, creating false medical records, failing to maintain accurate medical records and committing insurance fraud. Revocation of license stayed, five years' probation. Effective Feb. 11.

Dr. Lionel de Carlo Bristo, Chino Hills: Convicted of one count of practicing medicine without a license. Revocation of license stayed, license suspended for 30 days, 35 months' probation. Effective March 28.

Dr. Soon Myung Cha, Los Angeles: Failed to secure adequate blood products in a timely manner for a patient who had placenta previa. Revocation of license stayed, five years' probation. Effective Feb. 8.

Dr. Candace Shiao-Rong Chang, Monterey Park: Criminal convictions on seven counts of conspiracy, insurance fraud, Medi-Cal fraud, grand theft and unlawful rebates. Revocation of license stayed, seven years' probation. Effective March 21.

Dr. Yuan-Fei Chang Chen, Diamond Bar: Criminal convictions on four counts of knowingly billing Medicare for physical therapy services provided by an acupuncturist not eligible for Medicare reimbursement, billing for office visits for patients not examined or treated, and entering false information in patient charts to facilitate fraudulent claims for physical therapy. Revocation of license stayed, three years' probation. Effective Feb. 8.

Dr. Gualberto Rioflorido Dinglasan, Glendora: Convicted of a felony for making terrorist threats. Revocation of license stayed, five years' probation. Effective March 29.

Dr. John Gregory Ellis, Temecula: Charged with repeated negligent acts for failing to recommend surgery to a patient during two office visits for treatment of a right distal radius and ulnar fracture. Disciplined via public letter of reprimand.* Effective March 4.

Dr. David George Gardner, Calabasas: Convicted of a felony for money laundering involving monetary instruments exceeding a value of $5,000. Revocation of license stayed, license suspended for 60 days, five years' probation. Effective March 28.

Dr. Karen Machiko Ito, Rancho Palos Verdes: Committed acts of unprofessional conduct, gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, fraudulent, dishonest and/or corrupt acts, violated drug statutes or regulations by prescribing dangerous drugs without medical indication, false representation on a medical document, and failed to maintain adequate records by obtaining prescriptions by forging other doctors' names. Revocation of license stayed, license suspended for 60 days, seven years' probation. Effective Feb. 4.

Dr. Oscar Francis Jackson, Fullerton: Committed acts of gross negligence and incompetence in the care and treatment of a patient during an appendectomy. Revocation of license stayed, license suspended for 90 days, five years' probation. Effective March 18.

Dr. L. Khadijah Lang, Los Angeles: Admitted committing acts of gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and excessive use of diagnostic procedures in the care and treatment of nine patients. Revocation of license stayed, license suspended for 90 days, seven years' probation. Effective Feb. 8.

Dr. John Lin, Los Angeles: Committed acts of gross negligence, incompetence and repeated negligence in the care and treatment of three patients, and charged with prescribing without a good-faith examination in the care and treatment of a patient. Revocation of license stayed, five years' probation. Effective April 11.

Dr. Gerald J. McCann, Norwalk: Committed acts of gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, incompetence, aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine, operating an uncertified surgical center, failing to maintain adequate and accurate records, violation of drug laws, public communication of false, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive statements or claims, and dishonesty. Revocation of license stayed, license suspended for 90 days, seven years' probation. Effective Feb. 22.

Dr. William Bryce McLeod, Rancho Cucamonga: Committed acts of unprofessional conduct in the care and treatment of five patients. Revocation of license stayed, five years' probation. Effective Feb. 6.

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