August 10, 2021
Pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law Section 13-d(4), the Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board ("Chair") had exercised her authority to temporarily suspend Dr. Surag Patel's authorization to treat injured workers in the New York State workers' compensation system effective December 19, 2020 Date (Subject Number 046-1356).
The temporary suspension was based on the Chair's designee's investigation, which revealed that the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) had issued Order # 20-288, wherein Dr. Patel did not contest the Statement of Charges, in full satisfaction of the charges against him, including that, on or about September 10, 2019, he was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor, in violation of VTL §1192(3). This resulted in a Censure and Reprimand, and a $2,500.00 fine.
Upon review of said matter, including a notarized statement from Dr. Patel, the Chair's designee has determined that the temporary suspension shall be lifted, and has reinstated his authority to treat injured workers effective August 10, 2021. The Medical Director's Office will restore Dr. Patel to the list of providers authorized to treat injured workers by August 10, 2021.
Any questions regarding the authorized lists should be referred to the Medical Director's Office at 1 (800) 781-2362.
Clarissa M. Rodriguez