Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Illinois DFPR fails to acknowledge NC BOM discipline of surgeon

Just when I thought I had seen and heard it all as it relates to the discipline of physicians and surgeons in Illinois.


Doc linked to spa death reprimanded

Wednesday, August 15, 2007
updated Sunday, July 20, 2008 10:38 pm

RALEIGH (AP) — The doctor who obtained lidocaine for a Cary spa, where a client died after using a gel containing the anesthetic, agreed to a reprimand Wednesday by the North Carolina Medical Board.

Dr. Samuel Wurster was charged with unprofessional conduct for failing to take proper patient histories and for not writing prescriptions for patients who received the gel.

Shiri Berg, a 22-year-old student at North Carolina State University, died of a lidocaine overdose Jan. 5, 2005, authorities said. The lidocaine was in a gel that she applied to her legs before she was to have hair removed at Premier Body Laser and Skin Clinic.

Wurster, who now practices in Chicago, was medical director at the spa from January 2004 to November 2004. He did not attend the hearing but, along with the reprimand, agreed not to supervise laser hair removal procedures.

"I think, importantly, he agrees that he will not supervise laser hair removal services in this state or any other state as a medical director," said Brian Blankenship, a medical board attorney.

In 2005, the board suspended the license of Dr. Ira David Uretzky, the medical director at Premier Body when Berg died, for six months. The board found him guilty of unprofessional conduct.

Berg, a native of Israel, was unconscious for more than a week before she died at a Raleigh hospital. At the time, a family attorney said Berg was on her way to the spa when she began having seizures in her car Dec. 28, 2004.


Okay. The consent order was signed and entered by the North Carolina Medical Board on 08-15-2007. At a minimum, why doesn't the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) show the North Carolina consent order as discipline in another state?

Don't patients in the Chicago area deserve to be informed consumers of medical resources?

Link to North Carolina Board of Medicine:

Link to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation:

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