Dr Kooshyar Karimi – Suspended for Professional misconduct

22nd January 2019

Dr Kooshyar Karimi – Suspended for Professional misconduct.

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Kooshyar Karimi, a general practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”). The complaint alleged Dr Karimi engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct because, as a medical director of a practice, he:

• Created or was complicit in creating and using false documents being:
- A false registration certificate, which he provided to a pharmaceutical company to obtain Botox;
- A letter purporting to have been on Medicare letterhead that made claims about Dr Karimi’s prescribing rights.
• Prescribed for twelve patients, some of who it was asserted were drug dependent or on opioid treatment programs. The prescriptions were all written during a period when Dr Karimi was not registered.
• Prescribed in the name of staff members, who were not his patients, to obtain stock for the practice. 

On 19 December 2018 the Tribunal found Dr Karimi guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal stated that the conduct in falsifying documents, prescribing whilst unregistered, and inappropriate and unauthorised prescribing cumulatively amounted to conduct of such a serious nature as to justify the suspension of Dr Karimi’s registration. The Tribunal ordered that:
 
(1)   Dr Karimi be reprimanded.
(2)   Dr Karimi’s registration be suspended for a period of six months from the date of the Tribunal’s orders
(3)   On the expiration of the Dr Karimi’s suspension, his registration shall be subject to a number of conditions concerning Schedule 8 or Schedule 4D drugs, practice restrictions and supervision, including critical compliance conditions.

The decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

 

Further Information

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.