Misconduct Board Revokes License of ER Physician

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 27, 2009) - The State Board for Professional Medical Conduct has revoked the license of a Rhinebeck emergency department physician, permanently prohibiting her from practicing medicine in New York State.

In a decision handed up March 2, the Board charged Kimberly Godfrey, D.O., with gross negligence, negligence on more than one occasion, gross incompetence, incompetence on more than one occasion, and failure to maintain accurate patient records.

The Department has determined that Dr. Godfrey failed to perform adequate physical exams or take adequate histories, document medical records, and appropriately follow up when patients experienced complications.

She had agreed to an interim non-disciplinary order on August 2, 2008, precluding the practice of medicine until the investigation was complete.

The license revocation decision followed a hearing before a hearing committee of the Board for Professional Medical Conduct comprised of two physicians and a lay person. During the course of the hearing, both the physician and the state had the opportunity to offer evidence and present witnesses.

The Office of Professional Medical Conduct in the New York State Department of Health is responsible for investigating complaints about physicians, physician assistants, and special assistants. The Board for Professional Medical Conduct, comprised of some 200 physicians and lay members, is responsible for adjudicating charges of misconduct.

The Board's Determination and Order is available at: