Panel suspends medical license of convicted doctor


LONDON, Ky. (AP) – A panel has suspended the medical license of a doctor convicted of implanting medically unnecessary pacemakers into dozens of patients and billing it to Medicare and Medicaid.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure released an order Monday that bars Anis Chalhoub from practicing medicine. Chalhoub can challenge the panel’s order.

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Chalhoub was sentenced to 42 months in prison last month after being convicted of federal health care fraud in April.

The Department of Justice said Chalhoub implanted dozens of unnecessary pacemakers in patients at St. Joseph London hospital between 2007 and 2011.

Chalhoub has denied wrongdoing and maintained that the pacemakers he implanted were necessary. He has filed a notice that he will appeal his conviction.