Brooklyn-Area Physician Surrenders License

Faced 83 Charges of Medical Misconduct

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 7, 2010) - The New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct has accepted the application of Lev Z. Bentsianov, M.D., to surrender his New York medical license.

Dr. Bentsianov, a 70-year old internal medicine physician who practiced in Brooklyn, could not successfully defend any of 83 specifications of professional misconduct charged by the State Health Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). The charges are based on his care and treatment of 20 patients, all of whom were involved in motor vehicle accidents, and the submission of false claims to an insurance company.

The charges include fraudulent practice of medicine, false reporting, excessive tests and treatment, moral unfitness, negligence on more than one occasion, gross negligence, and failure to maintain records. In addition to surrendering his license, the physician must pay an $80,000 fine within six months of the effective date of the Board Order. The license surrender is effective June 8, 2010.

The OPMC and the Board are committed to protecting the public by investigating professional discipline issues involving physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants. OPMC is responsible for investigating all complaints of misconduct, coordinating disciplinary hearings that may result from an investigation, monitoring physicians whose licenses have been restored after temporary license surrender, and monitoring physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants placed on probation as a result of disciplinary action.

Information about disciplinary actions taken against physicians licensed in New York State is available on the State Department of Health's Web site at http://www.nyhealth.gov/professionals/doctors/conduct/.