NY Psychiatrist Sameh S. Wahba Surrenders Medical License for Negligent & Incompetent Treatment of 7 Patients

January 20, 2020

On January 10, 2020, New York psychiatrist Sameh S. Wahba surrendered his license to practice medicine. 

The basis for this action was moral unfitness, gross negligence, gross incompetence, and failure to maintain records in his treatment of seven patients. 

The particulars for each patient are listed in documents issued by the New State Department of Health's Surrender or License and Order:

"A. Wahba treated Patient A from on or about July 11, 2017 through on or about October 31, 2018. His care deviated from the accepted standards in that he: 

"1. Engaged in an inappropriate, sexualized relationship with the patient and 

"2. Failed to: 

"a. perform and/or note an adequate and thorough diagnostic assessment, and/or

"b. devise and implement an appropriate treatment plan, and/or 

"c. appropriately follow-up on and/or reassess treatment, and/or

"d. communicate and/or collaborate with other treatment providers, and/or

"e. adequately and appropriately follow-up on patient hospitalizations, and/or

'f. maintain an accurate recor do the evaluation and treatment rendered to the patient. 

"3. Inappropriately: 

"a. treated the patient and/or modified treatment, without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"b. prescribed controlled substance medications, with high risk for misuse, included but not limited to Xanax and Adderrall, without appropriate medical rationale. 

"B. Wahba treated Patient B from on or about May 6, 2015 through on or about August 18, 2015. Patient B expired on September 5, 2015. Wahba's care deviated from minimally accepted standards in that he: 

"1. Failed to:

"a. perform and/or note an adequate and thorough diagnostic assessment, and/or

"b. utilize non-prescription treatment modalities, and/or

"c. ensure approriate treatment for addiction, and/or

"d. devise and implement and appropriate treatment plan, and/or

"e. appropriately utilize toxicology testing and/or respond to toxicology results, and/or

"f. appropriately follow-up on and/or reassess treatment, and/or

"g. appropriately respond to evidence of possible misuse of prescribed medications, and/or

 "h. maintain an accurate record of the evaluation and treatment rendered to the patient. 

"2. Inappropriately: 

"a. treated the patient and/or modified treatment without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"b. treated for addiction without a multi-modality plan, and/or

"c. prescribed controlled substance medications, with high risk for misuse, including but not limited to Xanax, without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"d. prescribed buprenorphine without following appropriate protocols, 

"C. Wahba treated Patient C (spouse of Patient D) from on or about September 29, 2009 through on or about February 23, 2016. Wahba's care deviated from minimally accepted standards in that he: 

"1. Failed to:  

"a. perform and/or note an adequate and thorough diagnostic assessment, and/or

"b. devise and implement and appropriate treatment plan, and/or

"c. appropriately follow-up on and/or reassess treatment, and/or

"d. appropriately respond to evidence of possible misuse of prescribed medications, and/or

 "e. adequately and appropriately follow up on patient hospitalization, and/or

"f. appropriately utilize toxicology testing and/or respond to toxicology results, and/or

"g. maintain an accurate record of the evaluation and treatment rendered to the patient. 

"2. Inappropriately: 

"a. treated the patient and/or modified treatment without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"b. prescribed controlled substance medications, with high risk for misuse, including but not limited to Xanax, without appropriate medical rationale.

"D. Wahba treatment Patient D (spouse of Patient C) on or about June 30, 2008, and then from on of about August 14, 2014 through on or about February 23, 2016. Wahba's care devated from minimally accepted standards in that he: 

"1. Failed to: 

"a. perform and/or note an adequate and thorough diagnostic assessment, and/or

"b. devise and implement an appropriate treatment plan, and/or 

"c. appropriately follow-up on and/or reassess treatment, and/or

"d. appropriately respond to evidence of possible misue and/or side effects of prescribed medications, and/or

"e. adequately and appropriately follow-up on patient hospitalizations, and/or

"f. appropriately utilize toxicology testing and/or respond to toxicology results, and/or

"g. maintain an accurate record of the evaluation and treatment rendered to the patient. 

"2. Inappropriately:

"a. treated the patient and/or modified treatment, without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"b. prescribed controlled substance medication, with high risk for misuse, without appropriate medical rationale.  

"E. Wahba's treatment Patient E from on or about December 8, 2014 through on or about September 20, 2016. Wahba's care deviated from minimally accepted standards in that he: 

"1. Failed to: 

"a. perform and/or note an adequate and thorough diagnostic assessment, and/or

"b. devise and implement and appropriate treatment plan, and/or

"c. appropriately follow-up on and/or reassess treatment, and/or

"d. appropriately respond to evidence of possible misuse of prescribed medications, and/or

"e. appropriately address potentially new symptoms, including but not limited to disorganized thoughts and paranoia, and/or

"f. appropriately assess risk of self harm, and/or

"g. maintain an accurate record of the evaluation and treatment rendered to the patient. 

"2. Inappropriately: 

"a. treated the patient and/or modified treatment without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"b. prescribed controlled substance medications, with high risk for misuse, including but not limited to Xanax, without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"c. prescribed Orap [pimozide, and antipsychotic medication] without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"d. prescribed medications without considering potential side effects and/or interactions with other medications. 

"F. Wahba treated Patient F from on or about January 2, 2013 through on or about June 9, 2016. Wahba's care deviated from minimally accepted standards in that he: 

"1. Failed to:  

"a. perform and/or note an adequate and thorough diagnostic assessment, and/or

"b. devise and implement and appropriate treatment plan, and/or

"c. appropriately follow-up on and/or reassess treatment, and/or

"d. adequately and appropriately follow-up on patient hospitalization, and/or

"e. appropriately respond to evidence of possible misuse of prescribed medications, and/or

"f. maintain an accurate record of the evaluation and treatment rendered to the patient. 

"2. Inappropriately: 

"a. treated the patient and/or modified treatment without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"b. prescribed controlled substance medications, with high risk for misuse, including but not limited to Xanax, without appropriate medical rationale.

"G. Wahba treatment Patient G from on or about April 16, 1998  through April 15, 1999 and then from on or about July 2, 2001 through on or about June 29, 2016. Wahba's care devated from minimally accepted standards in that he: 

"1. Failed to: 

"a. perform and/or note an adequate and thorough diagnostic assessment, and/or

"b. devise and implement an appropriate treatment plan, and/or 

"c. appropriately follow-up on and/or reassess treatment, and/or

"d. appropriately respond to evidence of possible misue and/or side effects of prescribed medications, and/or

"e. appropriately respond to evidence of possible side effects of prescribed medications, and/or

"f. appropriately utilize toxicology testing and/or respond to toxicology results, and/or

"g. maintain an accurate record of the evaluation and treatment rendered to the patient. 

"2. Inappropriately: 

"a. treated the patient and/or modified treatment without appropriate medical rationale, and/or

"b. prescribed controlled substance medications, with high risk for misuse, including but not limited to Xanax, without appropriate medical rationale.

 

Source: Surrender Order in the Matter of Sameh Wahba, M.D., BPMC No. 19-311, New York State Department of Health State Board for Professional Medical Conduct. December 21, 2019.

 

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