Lisa Zenzen Baker, 1961-2003


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Into the lockup

                       Former doctor
                     heading to prison

By David Baker
Posted Thursday May 10, 2012

A former gynecologist  who was named as a co-defendant with Samaritan Hospital in four malpractice lawsuits is due to start a 4- to 12-year prison sentence this week
Akiva Abraham has been free on bail as he appealed his 2010 conviction of insurance fraud in connection with a fire that destroyed a nightclub building he owned in Colonie.  Last month the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court upheld the conviction.

At an earlier trial he was acquitted of a charge of actually setting the fire.

One of the malpractice lawsuits also alleges that Samaritan Hospital was negligent in repeatedly granting Abraham privileges when it knew or should have known that he was medically and morally unfit to practice medicine. The suit alleges that Abraham left a woman disfigured when, without the knowledge or permission of the patient, he performed an unnecessary surgery that he was not authorized by the hospital to perform.

The lawsuit was filed in 2006 and for the second time rulings in the case are before the Appellate Division. But despite its unusual claim of negligent credentialing, it has never been mentioned by the Albany newspapers, even as the papers repeatedly reported on his many other problems, including the revocation in 2005 of his medical license on 34 counts of misconduct
Earlier this year the story was reported on this blog's sister web page, Capital District Health Claims. Read the exclusive story HERE