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New York State
Workers' Compensation Board
OFFICE OF THE CHAIR
328 State Street  Schenectady, New York 12305
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


Subject No. 046-838

Temporary Suspension of Dr. Mengjia Zhao's
Authorization to Treat Injured Workers
Effective February 1, 2016

Authorization No. 200239-2W

Date: February 4, 2016

Pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law Section 13-d(4), the Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board has exercised his authority to temporarily suspend Dr. Mengjia Zhao’s authorization to treat injured workers within the New York State workers’ compensation system effective February 1, 2016. Dr. Zhao's last known business address is 109 Lafeyette Street, #C-1, New York, New York 10013.

The Chair’s designee’s investigation has revealed that the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) has issued Order # 16-010, wherein Dr. Zhao agreed not to contest allegations in the First Specification, Criminal Conviction, including that he was charged with committing professional misconduct as defined in N.Y. Educ. Law §6530(9)(a)(i) by having been convicted of committing an act constituting a crime under New York state law, including that he knowingly and unlawfully sold a prescription for a controlled substance, alprazolam, and pled guilty to one count of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance, in violation of N.Y. Penal Law §220.65, and that he must surrender his license as a physician in the State of New York, and comply with all Requirements for Closing a Medical Practice Following a Revocation, Surrender, Limitation or Suspension of a Medical License enumerated in Exhibit “B” of said Order.

Therefore, the Chair believes that Dr. Zhao may be guilty of misconduct, and that such misconduct would detrimentally affect the quality of care provided to injured workers.

Dr. Zhao is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers while his authorization is temporarily suspended. Reports submitted by Dr. Zhao for services rendered prior to February 1, 2016, are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Zhao for services rendered prior to February 1, 2016, should not be denied due to the suspension of his authorization.

This suspension remains in effect until further notice. Any questions regarding the authorized lists should be referred to the Medical Director’s Office at 1 (800) 781-2362.

 

Robert E. Beloten
Chair