Dr. Nicola Irene Riley; License # D71213
Nature of Complaint:
The physician shortly after being granted a license to practice medicine in the State of Maryland was hired by a physician who is licensed to practice medicine in the State of New Jersey but has never been licensed to practice medicine in the State of Maryland to perform abortions at the Maryland offices of American Women's Services. The physician began performing abortions at one or more of these facilities on 07-30-2010. The physician at the time she accepted employment from the physician was aware that the physician was not licensed to practice medicine in Maryland. The physician was also aware that the initial intake for her abortion patients would take place in New Jersey and the patients would then be sent to Maryland for completion of the abortion.
The physician with regard to the 08-13-2010 abortion, knowingly participated in a surgical procedure that was initiated elsewhere. The physician ruptured the patient's uterus and exercised poor judgment or placed the patient in potential life-threatening danger by refusing to call for an ambulance or emergency medical services, and transported the patient to a hospital by automobile. Upon the physician's arrival at the hospital the physician acted in a manner which endangered the patient's health and placed the patient at additional risk for life-threatening injury or death.
The Maryland Board of Physicians concluded including but not limited to that the physician exercised poor medical judgment and exposed her patients to harm in that the physician practiced with an unlicensed individual, knowingly participated in a surgical procedure that was initiated elsewhere, and at a hospital acted in a manner that delayed or impeded hospital staff from attending to that patient.
The Maryland Board of Physicians has Summarily Suspended the physician's license to practice medicine in the State of Maryland.
September 9, 2010-Summary Suspension Continued
The Maryland Board of Physicians after considering the presentations at the 09-08-2010 post-deprivation hearing determined that it would not lift the summary suspension imposed on 08-31-2010.
October 28, 2010
The Maryland Board of Physicians after considering the presentations at the 10-27-2010 hearing determined that it would not lift the 08-31-2010 summary suspension.