State Health Commissioner Novello Announces Appointment Of New State Board Chair For Professional Medical Conduct

ALBANY, November 29, 2004 - State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D, M.P.H., Dr. P.H. today announced the appointment of Kendrick A. Sears, M.D., to Chair the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.

Dr. Sears, an orthopedic surgeon and graduate of Princeton University, served as Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Director of Graduate Medical Education for Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York for more than 22 years. Now retired, Dr. Sears began his long and distinguished career in 1961 as a Research Instructor in Anatomy at the University of Utah before moving on to become an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1967 - where he remained until 1976 when he took the executive leadership position with Crouse Hospital.

"I am pleased that Dr. Sears has enthusiastically accepted the Governor's nomination to Chair the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct," Dr. Novello said. "Dr. Sears' outstanding medical credentials and his continuing commitment to excellence in health care for all New Yorkers is remarkable. Under his leadership, the State board will continue to hold New York's medical professionals to the highest standards of conduct in the nation."

The New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct was established in 1975 in accordance with the New York State Public Health Law Section 230. The Board is comprised of 170 members who are responsible for the adjudication of medical conduct cases and for developing direction and policy.

The Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) assists the Board and is responsible for investigating complaints about physicians, physician assistants, specialist assistants and medical residents. The OPMC also monitors practitioners who have been placed on probation.

For more information about the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct and the OPMC, please visit the Department of Health's website at www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/healthinfo/index.htm.