State Health Commissioner Suspends Florida Physician

ALBANY, NY, July 10, 2007 – State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., has used his emergency powers to summarily suspend the New York license of a Florida physician, Hisham M. Hanai, M.D., precluding him from practicing medicine in New York.

Commissioner Daines acted after the State of Florida Department of Health issued an Order of Emergency Suspension of Dr. Hanai's license. Florida determined that Dr. Hanai, of St. Petersburg, FL, was unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of impairment, and that his continued practice constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health of the public.

Review of the Florida order by a committee of the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct resulted in a recommendation to Commissioner Daines that he use his summary powers under the Public Health Law. The Florida order revealed an extensive history of practicing while impaired, which culminated in Dr. Hanai entering into a voluntary withdrawal-from-practice agreement. Despite entering into that agreement, Dr. Hanai continued to practice and treat patients in Florida.

While Dr. Hanai is not known to have been active in New York, the State acted to prevent any attempt to practice here while the Florida matter is adjudicated. The New York State Department of Health will charge Dr. Hanai and offer a hearing within 30 days of the completion of the Florida Department of Health's action.

For more information about disciplinary actions taken against physicians licensed in New York State, please visit the physician discipline section of the Department's Web site at www.nyhealth.gov.