The state Medical Examining Board fined a New London obstetrician $5,000 Tuesday for mistakenly cutting ligaments on the sides of a woman’s uterus instead of the fallopian tubes during a tubal ligation. The board also imposed a year of probation on the medical license of Dr. Jeffrey Simpson, who made the error on March 28, 2013 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. Simpson did not contest the findings of the medical board and signed a consent order agreeing to the penalty on Oct. 24 of this year. Simpson also agreed to hire a physician to randomly review a portion of his patient records for surgeries he performed, the consent order said.
A Stamford ophthalmologist was fined $4,500 Tuesday by the state Medical Examining Board for performing a laser treatment on the wrong eye of a glaucoma patient. Dr. Gregory Gallousis performed the procedure in 2012 on the right eye of a glaucoma patient instead of the left eye, state Department of Public Health records show. The patient was supposed to have surgery on both eyes, but not on the same day, Matthew Antonetti, a principal attorney for DPH, told the board. Gallousis agreed to the fine by signing a consent order with the state. On Tuesday, the board rejected a consent order that would have fined Dr. Alkesh Patel of Southington $5,000 and reprimanded him for prescribing large amounts of the painkiller Dilaudid in 2012 for his wife, an employee and a patient, state records show.