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Medical disciplinary actions

October 24, 2003

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 physicians and surgeons in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties who were subject to serious disciplinary actions between May 1 and July 31, according to medical board documents. Generally, final actions are published only after all appeals are exhausted.

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Dr. Herminio Samonte Academia Jr., Moreno Valley: Failed to properly supervise a physician assistant and rendered care under a fictitious name without first obtaining a fictitious name permit. Disciplined via public reprimand.** Effective June 5.

Dr. Phillip Bailey Amidon, Loma Linda: Convicted twice for driving under the influence in Maine. Denial of license stayed, license granted with five years' probation attached. Effective June 19.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday October 25, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 42 words Type of Material: Correction
Disciplinary actions -- The medical disciplinary actions chart that ran inside Friday's California section contained information that is released four times a year from the state Medical Board, not monthly as noted in a headline on the front of the California section.

Dr. Craig James Ball, Palm Desert: Committed acts of repeated negligence by failing to discuss with the anesthesiologist the potential flammability of an ET tube, associated equipment, and the oxygen mixture used by an anesthesiologist during a laryngeal laser surgery, with the failure to change such equipment resulting in harm to a patient. Revocation of license stayed, seven years' probation. Effective June 2.

Dr. David R. Callister, Glendale: Charged with gross negligence, repeated negligence, and incompetence in the care and treatment of one patient. No admissions; license restricted effective July 31 until Dec. 31, 2003; then license placed on inactive status.

Dr. Robert Steven Charlap, Studio City: Charged with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, incompetence, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, dishonesty or corruption, and providing false statements in documents during the performance or interpretation of nerve conduction studies or somatosensory evoked potentials (neuro diagnostics) in the care and treatment of seven patients. No admissions; revocation of license stayed, three years' probation. Effective June 12.

Dr. Paul Harold Crane, Beverly Hills: Failed to maintain adequate and accurate medical records of his care and treatment of four obstetrical patients during the delivery of their infants. Disciplined via public reprimand.** Effective June 2.

Dr. Antonio Edles, Long Beach: Charged with repeated negligence, excessive prescribing or treatment, unprofessional conduct, and failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the care and treatment of three patients. Revocation of license stayed, four years' probation. Effective June 2.

Dr. Morton H. Field, Beverly Hills: Failed to report treatment of alleged accidental gunshot wound or injury pursuant to Penal Code 11160. Disciplined via public letter of reprimand.* Effective May 12.

Dr. Alexander V. Griswold, Brea: Unable to practice medicine safely due to physical illness affecting competency. License revoked. Effective July 23.

Dr. Michael Borchard Huff, Oxnard: Excessively prescribed OxyContin, Norco and methadone to five patients; prescribed Vicodin to a patient without a good-faith examination; and failed to store Dilaudid in a secure area. Revocation of license stayed, license suspended for nine months, seven years' probation. Effective July 7.

Dr. Thomas Robert Kappeler, Los Angeles: Convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and convicted on two occasions of driving while having a blood-alcohol level of 0.08% or higher. Thirty days' suspension of license stayed, four years' probation. Effective June 13.

Dr. Sana Ullah Khan, Anaheim Hills: Charged with dishonesty and excessive treatment, failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records, creating false and fraudulent medical records, insurance fraud, practicing under a fictitious name without a permit, and unprofessional conduct in the care and treatment of two patients. No admissions; revocation of license stayed, three years' probation. Effective July 18.

Dr. Kenneth K. Koch, Camarillo: Charged with gross negligence, repeated negligence and incompetence in the care and treatment of two patients by failing to respond to the emergency room after being informed of one patient's bone fracture and failing to personally evaluate and treat the patient's injury; and performing an inadequate surgical procedure in the care and treatment of a second patient. No admissions; revocation of license stayed, five years' probation. Effective June 30.

Dr. Samuel James Loh, Montebello: Committed gross negligence and incompetence in the provision of anesthesia during the course of a laser laryngeal surgery on a patient. Revocation of license stayed, six years' probation. Effective May 22.

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