In late 2015, the Medical Board of California began reviewing 2,694 death certificates of patient deaths filed in 2012 and 2013 and found 2,256 matches in CURES, showing each doctor who wrote an opioid prescription filled by the deceased patients as part of their “Death Certificate Project.”

The project takes death certificates that have opioids listed as a cause, and matches it to a doctor (or more than 1 doctor), who prescribed any controlled substance to that patient within 3 years of their death, regardless of whether that particular drug caused the death or whether that doctor prescribed a lethal dose.

As of March 10, 2020, there are 65 doctors on the list with 42 of the cases completed, leaving 23 pending. 47 of the 65 have one or more patient deaths mentioned as a part of the case.

NAME DISCIPLINED? MENTIONED IN COMPLAINT** MORE INFO
ASHOKAN, ANNAMALAI SURRENDERED SEXUAL ASSAULT LINK
AKBAR, MUHAMMAD KHALID Acc W/D DEATH LINK
ALI, ASHMEAD 5 YEARS DEATH LINK
ANDERSON, ALYN GARY PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
BANNWART, PHILIPP LEO SURRENDERED DEATH LINK
BAQUERO, VICTOR H     LINK
BASCH, MICHAEL S PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
BEAMS, JAY MILTON 5 YEARS DEATHS LINK
BESHAY, ISAAC NAGEEB PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
BETAT, DAVID H   DEATHS LINK
BUDHRAM, HAROLD S 5 YEARS DEATHS LINK
CESENA, JOSE ROSENDO PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
CHARUVASTRA, VORAKIAT PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
CHEEMA, CHANDAN DEEP  SINGH   DEATH LINK
CHESLER, BRADLEY HOWARD 3 YEARS   LINK
CLARK, DANIE GEORGE SURRENDERED DEATH LINK
DOZIER, EMANUEL VINCENT PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
DOZIER, JOHN COURTNEY     LINK
FREITAS, RAYMOND PAUL PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
GILMAN, FRANK D SURRENDERED DEATHS LINK
GORES, GUIDO JAMES JR   DEATHS LINK
GRAY, GREGORY EDWARD   DEATH LINK
JACINTHO, AKO ALIMAYOU   DEATH LINK
JENSEN, DAVID RICHARD     LINK
JOHNSON, PAUL GILBERT SURRENDERED DEATH LINK
KINGSBURY, A GRANT 35 MONTHS DEATH LINK
KOSH, DAVID LAWRENCE   DEATH LINK
LANNON, RICHARD ANDREW   DEATH LINK
LAO, JESUS HERRERA   DEATHS LINK
LEE, HOBART HONG PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
LEWIS, MOSHE MILLER PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
LIEBERFARB, MONTE I SURRENDERED DEATH LINK
LITTMAN, ROBERT M SURRENDERED DEATH LINK
MATZNER, WILLIAM LEE 7 YEARS DEATH LINK
NARVIN, SARAN     LINK
NEIFELD, GRANT BARRIE PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
NGUYEN, BACH KIM   DEATH LINK
OKHOVAT, MAHYAR PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
ORENGO-MCFARLANE, MICHELLE ANNE PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
OSBORN, OLIVER STRONG     LINK
PADILLA, DAVID ALLEN   DEATH LINK
PHAN, DENISE ANH-DUONG   DEATH LINK
PIERCE, JOHN WINTHROP SURRENDERED DEATHS LINK
POPPER, RONALD ALAN PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
PRINCE, DIANA MARIA PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
QIAN, JOHN XIAO-JIANG 5 YEARS DEATH LINK
QUINONES, ROY   DEATH LINK
RAND, JONATHAN DAVID SURRENDERED DEATH LINK
RICHMOND, RONALD DAVID PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
SACKSCHEWSKY, PAUL JONATHAN   DEATH LINK
SALMASSI, SADEGH   DEATH LINK
SANCHEZ, ELIAS F   DEATH LINK
SCHAFER, JOHN RAY   DEATH LINK
SCHEIER, MARK 5 YEARS DEATH LINK
SCHULMAN, MARTIN C PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
SMITH, DAVID JAMES   DEATH LINK
STARK, BRUCE M PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
SYLVESTER, ILONA 3 YEARS DEATH LINK
TRUE, WAYNE STEWART PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
WILSON, JENNIFER ANN   DEATH LINK
YANG, CHARLES PUBLIC REPRIMAND DEATH LINK
YAQUB, TAHIR PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
YOKOYAMA, DON SHIGEO PUBLIC REPRIMAND   LINK
ZENG, YANBING DIED DEATHS LINK
ZGLINIEC, ROBERT PAUL SURRENDERED   LINK

**This only means that a patient death was mentioned in the accusation against the doctor by the Medical Board, and does NOT automatically mean that death was caused by the doctor. Singular means one death was mentioned, plural means more than one was mentioned.

65 Total Cases
42 Cases Completed
23 Cases Pending
47 Cases Have Associated Deaths
10 Doctors Surrendered Their Medical Licenses
20 Cases Have Ended Up With Public Reprimands
10 Cases Have Ended Up With Probation
10 Of The Cases With Public Reprimands Involved Patient Death(s)
1 Accusation Has Been Withdrawn
1 Doctor Has Died.

Reporter Cheryl Clark has extensively documented the Death Certificate Project and you can find all of her articles HERE.

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