Staten Island Doctor Surrenders License

The State Board for Professional Medical Conduct has accepted the application of Richard Lucente, M.D., 38, to surrender his license to practice medicine in New York State.

Dr. Lucente, a Family Practice physician who practiced in Staten Island, agreed that he could not successfully defend against one of 14 specifications of medical misconduct the Department of Health charged. The charges related to Dr. Lucente inappropriately prescribing anabolic steroids, thyroid replacement medication and human growth hormones.

The charges included gross negligence, negligence on more than one occasion, failing to comply with state and federal law relating to his receiving an improper fee from a third party, exercising undue influence, moral unfitness and criminal conviction. Dr. Lucente pled guilty in Kings County Supreme Court to Conspiracy in the 4th degree, a Class-E Felony, for conduct related to illegal payments to a pharmacy for patient referrals.

The license surrender was effective May 13, 2010.

The Articles of Organization for Dr. Lucente's professional corporation, New York Anti-Aging and Wellness Medical Services, PLLC, was revoked effective June 6, 2010.

The State Health Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) and the Board for Professional Medical Conduct are committed to protect 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 Health Department's website at www.nyhealth.gov.