Over State Objections, Med Board Reinstates Pulmonologist’s License

Over the objections of the state Department of Public Health, a divided state Medical Examining Board Tuesday reinstated the medical license of a Woodbridge pulmonologist who had inappropriate sexual contact with two women during medical exams in 2004. The board voted 11-5 to reinstate the license of Dr. Sushil Gupta but also placed his license on a one-year probation. Gupta will be required to have a female chaperone present during any treatment of a female patient and will have to hire a doctor to monitor his practice. The board also ordered Gupta to have each female patient answer a questionnaire about his treatment of them,

DPH had objected to the reinstatement but asked if the license were to be reinstated, then Gupta should only be allowed to care for male patients. “We suggested adding layers of protection because we feel the risk [to the public] remains real,’’ DPH staff attorney David Tilles told the board.