Dr. Yogesh Bipin Pancholi; License # MD10616
Nature of Complaint:
The physician was being monitored by the New York Committee for Physicians Health in March 2000. The physician's monitoring contract responsibilities were transferred to the Rhode Island Medical Society Physician Health Committee.
The physician has had a series of compliance issues with his monitoring and treatment at the Physician Health Committee leading to a 2007 in-patient evaluation at the Farley Center. The physician was diagnosed with an impairing disorder, alcohol and marijuana abuse. The physician later had an involuntary admission to a hospital for evalulation.
The physician also bought substances over the Internet which were designed to provide false negative readings for substance abuse monitoring by the Physician Health Committee.
The physician has been under investigation by the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline for drug diversion and inappropriately prescribing controlled subtances.
The physician has advertised his medical marijuana business in a local magazine where the physician offered to teach people how to grow marijuana and perform the evaluations which the physician charged $350.00 and $400.00 cash only per patient.
The physician was informed by the Physician Health Committee that he had to stop performing these evaluations and re-enter an evaluation and treatment program.
The physician abandoned certain records of his practice including the names of his medical marijuana patients which were found by the physician's landlord in the physician's former office in Pawtucket.
The Physician Health Committee has referred the physician to the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
Acton Taken-Summary Suspension
The Interim Director of Health of the Rhode Island Department of Health has Suspended the physician's license to practice medicine in the State of Rhode Island until further action of the Board.