State Health Commissioner Suspends License of Eye Doctor for Incompetence, Gross Negligence and Fraud

Case Referred to Manhattan District Attorney

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 6, 2007) – State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., has used his emergency powers to summarily suspend the license of ophthalmologist Martin Ehrenberg, M.D., precluding him from practicing medicine in New York.

Commissioner Daines acted after an investigation by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct determined that Dr. Ehrenberg's continued practice of medicine is an imminent danger to the health of New Yorkers.

Dr. Ehrenberg, with offices at 116 E. 84th Street, New York City, and 900 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, was charged with 32 specifications of medical misconduct related to his care and treatment of six patients. Dr. Ehrenberg is charged with negligence and incompetence on more than one occasion, gross negligence on one occasion, fraudulent billing and failure to maintain records.

The state's investigation revealed Dr. Ehrenberg knowingly and intentionally performed laser eye surgeries that were not medically necessary. In some instances, he deliberately billed for these unnecessary medical procedures. For all patients cited in the Commissioner's order, Dr. Ehrenberg did not provide appropriate treatment for the diagnoses he made. The state Health Department has referred this case to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

A hearing on the charges has been scheduled for December 11, 2007.

To read the Board's order regarding Dr. Ehrenberg, please visit the DOH Web site at http://w3.nyhealth.gov/opmc/factions.nsf/58220a7f9eeaafab85256b180058c032/b45769790a4f0f5a852573a3006046bb?OpenDocument