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Medical License Revoked From Pompton Lakes Doc

Doctor had 'significant lack of medical knowledge,' state attorney general says.

A doctor practicing in a Passaic County spine and rehabilitation center had his license revoked by the state after New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners members said he had disregarded restrictions placed on his license, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said Thursday.

Dr. Rodolfo D. Narag was working at the New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation Center, in Pompton Lakes, since March 2011 performing pre-anesthesia assessments on patients and follow-up consultations with post-surgical patients. However, under the limitations imposed on Narag's medical license, such medical activities were not permitted.

Chiesa said in a press release that Narag had limitations placed on his medical license in 2005 "in order to protect the public from incompetent care." The restrictions were imposed after the attorney general's office learned Narag allegedly had payments made on his behalf in two malpractice lawsuits. Narag was then forced to take an evaluation of medical competency.

"The evaluation revealed a significant lack of medical knowledge, patient management skills and clinical judgement," Chiesa said. He was not permitted to provide direct patient care or prescribe medications. 

“Dr. Narag agreed to specific limits on his ability to practice medicine when the Board determined that he lacked the medical knowledge and clinical judgment needed to protect patients from harm,” Chiesa said.  “The Board acted appropriately to revoke his license and prohibit him from practicing again, when it discovered he violated those restrictions.  Our first priority is the safety of patients in New Jersey.”

Separately, the owner of the New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation Center and Narag's employer, Dr. Richard Kaul, also had restrictions placed on his own license in May 2012, according to Chiesa. Kaul was accused of gross negligence, malpractice and incompetence by the state for allegedly performing spinal surgeries when he did not have sufficient training or education of the procedures.

Scondo January 10, 2013 at 05:51 PM
A family member was referred to a Dr. as she was being discharged from a local hospital and I wound up taking her to see that Dr., it was clear to me that he had no idea what he was doing. We had a very difficult time in understanding due to language issues and he ran no test, made no inquiry as to history and immediately prescribed a medication. It was foreign to my understanding of how things should have gone and I suspect not that uncommon.
Wayne Resident January 10, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Scondo, nice job, sticking to your New Year resolution of not saying anything too stupid.
Scondo January 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
WR ,I am leaving the making of the stupid remarks to you. You are flowing right along.
Wayne Resident January 14, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Scondo, oops, you just broke your resolution, and it's only Janaury.
Wayne Dad January 20, 2013 at 01:07 PM
So Scondo, it seems you cracked this case earlier than the authorities. What hospital was referring you to that doctor?

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