Kentucky doctor loses license over unnecessary procedures

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LONDON, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky heart doctor imprisoned for implanting unnecessary pacemakers in patients has now lost his license to practice medicine in the state.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Anis Chalhoub’s license was revoked Monday. A U.S. Attorney’s news release says Chalhoub implanted more than 200 pacemakers while at a London hospital between 2007 and 2011. Chalhoub’s attorneys have said the pacemakers were necessary, but prosecutors disputed that.

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Chalhoub was convicted of health fraud last year and ordered to pay more than $250,000 to insurance companies and taxpayer-funded health programs. He was sentenced to a little more than three years in prison.

His license was suspended in November, and he can appeal the state Board of Medical Licensure’s decision to revoke it.