Buffalo Area Physician's License Permanently Revoked

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 18, 2007) – The State Board for Professional Medical Conduct has revoked the license of Buffalo-area gynecologist Ivan A. D'Souza, M.D, permanently prohibiting him from practicing medicine in New York State.

In a decision handed up December 12, the Board determined that D'Souza engaged in professional misconduct with four patients, including willful physical and verbal abuse, moral unfitness, fraud as to one patient, and gross negligence and incompetence in his care of two patients. Specifically, it found that D'Souza engaged in unwanted and inappropriate touching or interactions with four female patients.

Dr. D'Souza was originally charged with misconduct involving 11 patients. During the hearing proceeding, the Department of Health withdrew allegations relating to two patients, and the Board for Professional Medical Conduct did not sustain charges relating to five other patients.

The license revocation decision followed a 10-day hearing and examination of testimony and evidence by a Board for Professional Medical Conduct hearing committee comprised of two physicians and a lay person.

Dr. D'Souza had been prohibited from practicing medicine since May of this year, when State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., used his emergency powers to summarily suspend D'Souza's license on the basis that he posed an immediate danger to his patients. The license suspension followed an investigation conducted by the State Health Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct, in conjunction with the West Seneca Police Department and the Erie County District Attorney's office. The license revocation became permanent when the hearing committee issued its determination on December 12.

D'Souza, 53, had offices in West Seneca and Springville, New York.

The Board's Determination and Order is available at: http://w3.health.state.ny.us/opmc/factions.nsf/58220a7f9eeaafab85256b180058c032/39b16c83a853d74b852572ad0050b42f?OpenDocument