New York Suspends Licenses of Three Doctors, Including One for Kidnapping and Burglary

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 11, 2008) - State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., has used his emergency powers to summarily suspend the medical licenses of three physicians, precluding them from practicing medicine in New York.

In one case, Commissioner Daines acted after the North Carolina Medical Board suspended Dr. Werner Scott Haddon's license – after the doctor was arrested and charged with multiple counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and one count each of kidnapping and burglary.

Dr. Haddon, a Raleigh, N.C. general surgeon, was arrested after he allegedly kidnapped his son, who was in the guardianship of his grandmother. Dr. Haddon held his son hostage and became involved in a police standoff. After firing several shots at officers, the boy escaped, and Dr. Haddon continued to fire at police. He was taken into custody after police returned fire and shot him.

Dr. Daines also suspended the license of Dr. Gerardo Asdrubal Yanayaco of Elmhurst, who was convicted in state Supreme Court, Manhattan, of insurance fraud, grand larceny, offering a false instrument, falsifying a business record and scheme to defraud. Dr. Yanayaco, an internist, was convicted based on his involvement in a large-scale insurance scam in which the NYC Transit Authority and private insurance companies were falsely billed for professional medical services that were never provided.

The New York license of plastic surgeon Loren John Borud, M.D., of Newton, Mass., was suspended because the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Medicine had temporarily suspended his license to practice there. The Massachusetts order revealed that Dr. Borud was guilty of practicing medicine while impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical disability or mental instability. Commissioner Daines concluded, as did the state of Massachusetts, that Dr. Borud's continued practice constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health of the public.

More information about disciplinary actions taken against these physicians licensed in New York State can be found on the DOH Web site at: