The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday disciplined three medical practitioners, including fining a New London urologist $3,500 for inappropriate treatment of a patient’s bladder tumor.
The urologist, Dr. Anthony Quinn, was also reprimanded for failing to promptly respond to the same patient’s lab result, a consent order he agreed to said.
The board also placed his medical license on probation for one year. During that year, Quinn must hire a specialist to review his records for each of his patients with diagnoses of bladder tumors or bladder cancer, the order said.
The state Department of Public Health’s (DPH) investigation began in 2012 when the patient complained that she had to undergo the complete removal of her bladder by another surgeon after Quinn cared for her, state records show.
In signing the consent order, Quinn did not contest the allegations against him.
The board also placed the Connecticut medical license of Dr. James Tak of New York City on probation for five years because his Ohio medical license has been placed on probation for the same length of time. In Ohio in 2017, Tak was diagnosed with a disorder involving the use of the stimulant Adderall, opioid use disorder, depression and sedative use disorder, the consent order he agreed to with Connecticut’s board said. Tak, who practices in Ohio and who did not contest the allegations, must undergo drug tests and therapy during the probation, the order said.
Matthew Antonetti, a DPH principal attorney, told the board that Tak’s five-year probation would begin in Connecticut if he returns to the state to practice medicine.
Connecticut law allows the Medical Examining Board to impose discipline on doctors with Connecticut licenses who have been disciplined in other states.
The board also placed the physician assistant license of Akiva Bronstein of Beacon Falls on probation for a year, according to a consent order Bronstein agreed to. DPH records said that Bronstein’s employer, Griffin Hospital in Derby, raised concerns about his possible abuse of alcohol in July 2017. The consent order said that Bronstein used alcohol to excess in September 2017.
During the probation, Bronstein must undergo weekly drug and alcohol tests. In signing the order, he admitted no wrongdoing but chose not to contest the allegation.