A Dover-based dermatologist was only practicing in Ocean View one day each week. But that just decreased to zero days, after the State of Delaware suspended his medical license on Aug. 19.
Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and the Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline this week issued a temporary order suspending license of Dr. Lindsay Brathwaite.
Brathwaite was already on a five-year probation that began in October 2014, for performing “hundreds of biopsies and surgical procedures without any legitimate medical need; unsterile practices; and writing inappropriate prescriptions,” according to the official order.
Until the suspension was issued, he could still practice medicine at the Center for Dermatology offices in Dover and at 118 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View. But he was ordered not to perform any biopsies or surgical procedures, to get additional training and education, and to pay a $10,000 fine.
But the Delaware Attorney General’s Aug. 14 complaint alleged that Brathwaite “is performing biopsies on a daily basis and punch biopsies and excisions on a weekly basis. A review of only seven patient files from October 2014 to July 2015 reveals that [Brathwaite] performed … at least 25 biopsies, eight excisions, a punch biopsy and an electrodesiccation and curettage.”
“This behavior had previously demonstrated a real risk to the health and safety of both current and potential patients of this doctor. This blatant disregard for the restrictions placed on his practice by the Board only heightens that risk and the need to take action,” stated Bullock.
In addition to allegedly ignoring his probation, Brathwaite is accused of “unprofessional conduct,” which can include “any dishonorable, unethical, or other conduct likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.”
After the Board acknowledged the AG’s Complaint and Motion for Temporary Suspension, Brathwaite (or his lawyer) had at least 24 hours to write a response in protest but did not do so. After that, the Secretary signed the order.
During the 60-day suspension, Brathwaite will be able argue his side of the case against the State’s evidence at a formal hearing.
“It’s a thorough and very comprehensive process. We want to protect public health, but at the same time make sure a physician or medical professional is allowed to state their case, as well,” Charles “C.R.” McLeod of the Department of State had previously told the Coastal Point.
The Board had already once decided against revoking Brathwaite’s license entirely, after his 2014 hearings, stating that they believed such punishment was too harsh for an infraction that mainly involved surgeries, not his overall practice.
The Board found that Brathwaite only ever seemed to diagnose patients by using biopsies (instead of less invasive, and less expensive, procedures) and that his unsterilized equipment could lead to dangerous cross-contamination of blood. During hearings from 2011 to 2013, patients also complained of particularly scarring and painful procedures, lack of sanitation, poor office management and delayed test results.
If Brathwaite is found to have violated Delaware Code, the Board can again determine what it feels to be an appropriate penalty.
All professional licenses can be found online. Brathwaite’s status was updated at the Division of Professional Regulation’s license website (www.dpr.delaware.gov, then click “Search & Verify a Professional License”).
The official orders from 2014 and 2015 can be found there.