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Workers' Compensation

Munir Uwaydah, M.D. Stipulates to Medical License Revocation, Stayed and Probation

Pursuant to a Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order between Munir Uwaydah, M.D. and the State of California Attorney General's office dated July 14, 2010 and approval by the Medical Board of California on September 3, 2010, the medical license of Dr. Uwaydah is revoked as of October 1, 2010 with that revocation stayed and Dr. Uwaydah placed on probation for a period of two (2) years.  Dr. Uwaydah’s agreement with the Attorney General and Medical Board of California does not contain any admissions of culpability.

According to numerous recent newspaper accounts, Los Angeles County prosecutors have alleged that Dr. Uwaydah was involved in making payments to Kelly Soo Park who is accused of killing a young woman in 2008.  According to prosecutors Dr. Uwaydah was planning to start a pharmaceutical business with the young woman's father.  Dr. Uwaydah has denied any involvement in the case.

The Third Amended Accusation filed by the Attorney General against Dr. Uwaydah includes allegations that he committed gross negligence on two occasions in March 2005 by allowing a physician assistant to begin a surgical procedure on a patient under general anesthesia even though he was not personally present in the operating room.  The Accusation also alleged that on several different occasions in 2004 and 2005 Dr. Uwaydah failed to maintain adequate records of patient admissions to a hospital and a surgery center.  The Accusation also alleged that Dr. Uwaydah was subject to discipline by the Medical Board of California for committing dishonesty substantially related to the qualifications, functions or duties of a physician and surgeon after being adjudged by the Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit to have committed fraud against General Electric Medical Systems Europe by converting $963,000.00 that was to be utilized for the purchase of a CT scanner.

The Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order does not prevent Dr. Uwaydah from practicing medicine.  However, among other mandates, it precludes Dr. Uwaydah from supervising physician assistants during the period of probation.  He is also required to take medical record-keeping and ethics courses within 60 days.  Dr. Uwaydah is required to submit quarterly declarations under penalty of perjury confirming compliance with all conditions of probation.  He is obliged to keep the Medical Board informed of his business and residence addresses and is not permitted to use a P.O. Box address.  He is required to inform the Medical Board in writing of travel outside California which is expected to last more than 30 days.  He is also obliged to be available in person for interviews at his place of business or at the probation unit office at various intervals throughout the term of probation.  He is also obligated to pay the costs associated with probation monitoring.  A violation of probation could result in the revocation of Dr. Uwaydah's medical license.

What This Means for You

Since Dr. Uwaydah, like other physicians, often utilizes physician assistants to conduct examinations and make treatment recommendations, including prescribing medications for workers’ compensation patients, it is recommended that you have proof of the identity of the physician monitoring physician assistants who are employed by Dr. Uwaydah or any of the medical entities that he owns or controls.  It is also suggested that when you are presented with invoices or liens for treatment rendered by Dr. Uwaydah you make certain that there is full compliance with all required medical record-keeping responsibilities including histories and physicals and discharge summaries on patients admitted to hospitals and surgery centers, including recorded vital signs and other mandatory information.   The lack of this information could be a basis for an objection to a demand for payment.

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