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New York State
Workers' Compensation Board
OFFICE OF THE CHAIR
328 State Street  Schenectady, New York 12305
Governor David A. Paterson


Subject No. 046-249

Voluntary Resignation/Permanent Revocation/ Voluntary Surrender of Doctors' Authorizations to Treat Workers' Compensation Claimants and/or Conduct Indepenedent Medical Examinations (IME'S)

Date: September 2, 2008

VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION – AHMED ERFAN HALIMA, M.D.

Please be advised that, effective June 3, 2008, Ahmed Erfan Halima, M.D., permanently surrendered to the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct, his license to practice medicine in the State of New York pursuant to New York State Public Health Law Section 230.13.

Effective August 15, 2008, Dr. Halima voluntarily resigned his authorization (No. 204777–7W) to treat workers' compensation claimants. His current address is 280 Riverside Drive, 5K, New York, NY 10025.

Dr. Halima is prohibited from rendering medical or other treatment and care to individuals who have suffered work–related injuries or illnesses. Medical reports submitted by Dr. Halima for treatment or examinations rendered prior to June 3, 2008, are valid, but are invalid for any treatment or examinations rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross–examine Dr. Halima regarding treatment or examinations he rendered prior to June 3, 2008, should not be denied due to the surrender of his license or this resignation.

PERMANENT REVOCATION – THOMAS V. ROBB, D.O.

Please be advised that, by Determination and Order (BPMC No. 06–176), effective August 1, 2006, a Hearing Committee of the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC), found Thomas V. Robb, D.O. guilty of gross negligence in the care and treatment of one patient.

Pursuant to a Chair's Announcement (Subject Number 046–186), the suspension of Dr. Robb's authorization (No. 209975–2B) to treat and conduct independent medical examinations was published with an effective period of suspension from April 16, 2007 to April 15, 2008, which suspension was extended indefinitely by commencement of a formal permanent revocation proceeding on or about September 18, 2007. Effective August 25, 2008, the Chair, through a duly appointed designee, revoked Dr. Robb's authorization to treat and conduct independent medical examinations.

Dr. Robb is permanently prohibited from rendering medical or other treatment and care to or conducting independent medical examinations of individuals who have suffered work–related injuries or illnesses. Medical reports submitted for treatment or examination rendered prior to April 16, 2007, are valid, but are invalid for any treatment or examination rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross–examine Dr. Robb regarding treatment or examination he rendered prior to April 16, 2007, should not be denied due to the suspension of his license or this revocation. In addition, testimony and/or depositions concerning independent medical examinations conducted through April 15, 2007, may be provided.

LICENSE SURRENDER – MARTIN GERSTENZANG, M.D.

Please be advised that, effective April 25, 2008, Martin L. Gerstenzang, M.D. permanently surrendered his license to practice medicine in the State of New York pursuant to New York State Public Health Law Section 230.13.

Effective April 25, 2008, Dr. Gerstenzang (Authorization No. 100922–4W) is precluded from treating individuals who have suffered work–related injuries or illnesses. His last known address is 4510 Main Street, Amherst, New York 14226.

Any questions regarding these matters should be referred to the Office of General Counsel at 518-486-9564.

 

Zachary S. Weiss
Chair