The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday fined a Norwich doctor $5,000 for mishandling the care of his diabetes patients and fined a Bridgeport doctor $5,000 for improperly documenting prescriptions. The board also fined Dr. Thomas Cocco of Bridgeport $3,000 for inappropriately prescribing drugs to himself, his son and his wife. It also barred him from performing surgery because his fine motor skills are impaired, state Department of Public Health records show. Also in a highly publicized case, the board dropped sexual assault charges against Dr. Tory Westbrook because the Glastonbury doctor, who has been convicted of sexually assaulting patients, had voluntarily surrendered his medical license May 9 as part of a plea agreement. In levying a $5,000 fine, the medical board found that Dr. Hervey Weitzman of Bridgeport had failed to properly document prescriptions for his daughter and another person between 2010 and 2011.
The state Medical Examining Board Tuesday accepted a Southbury doctor’s voluntary surrender of his medical license, fined a New Milford Hospital anesthesiologist $5,000 and reprimanded and fined a New London doctor $7,000. The board also placed a Coventry doctor on one year’s probation. In addition, after issuing a declaratory ruling that colonic irrigation is a medical procedure that falls within the scope of a physician’s practice and cannot be performed by an unlicensed practitioner, the board agreed to a request to reconsider its decision following a hearing. On the doctor cases, the board:
• Agreed to halt disciplinary proceedings against Michael Ajemian, of Southbury, who surrendered his license in October. His license had been under suspension since June. According the health department, Ajemian abused alcohol in 2011 to a point where his practice of medicine represented a threat to public health.