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Subject Number 046-1237 Temporary Suspension of Dr. Joseph Santiamo

Subject Numbers Regarding Health Provider Authorizations

Authorization No. 157471-4W

December 3, 2019

Pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law Section 13-d(4), the Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board has exercised her authority to temporarily suspend Dr. Joseph Santiamo’s authorization to treat injured workers within the New York State workers’ compensation system effective October 31, 2019. Dr. Santiamo's last known business address is:

4268 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10312

The Chair’s designee’s investigation has revealed that the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) has issued Commissioner’s Order of Summary Action # 19-261, wherein Dr. Santiamo shall discontinue or refrain from practicing medicine in the State of New York, or in any setting under the authority of his New York license, until the conclusion of a hearing before the committee on professional conduct of the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct. This order is based on felony charges against Dr. Santiamo, including Conspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute Controlled Substances, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a) and (b)(1)(C).

Therefore, the Chair believes that Dr. Santiamo may be guilty of misconduct, and that such misconduct would detrimentally affect the quality of care provided to injured workers.

Dr. Santiamo is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers and from conducting reviews of records regarding variance requests pursuant to 12 NYCRR § 324.3(b)(2)(ii)(a) while his authorization is temporarily suspended. Reports submitted by Dr. Santiamo for services rendered prior to October 31, 2019 are valid but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Santiamo for services rendered prior to October 31, 2019 should not be denied due to the suspension of his authorization.

This suspension remains in effect until further notice. Any questions regarding the authorized lists should be referred to the Medical Director’s Office at 1 (800) 781-2362.

Clarissa M. Rodriguez
Chair