When doctors are involved in legal battles, it is natural to assume that medical malpractice took place. However, as more cases of doctors behaving badly emerge in New Jersey, it is clear that they can face other legal issues as well. And those issues do not always necessarily have to happen in their offices or within the scope of their practice. When those legal issues do arise however, it can still affect their career. They can often even lose their license, even if it is just temporarily.
The latest case involves Jonathan M. Tavares, a doctor that until recently practiced at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury. After being arrested by Philadelphia police at his home in the state, he was charged with a number of offenses, including domestic violence. Those domestic violence incidences took place three different times throughout 2018. Following the charges the State Board of Medical Examiners suspended his license, stating that if the charges are cleared he will get it back and will once again be able to practice medicine.
Unfortunately, Tavares is not the only doctor to lose his license to practice medicine in New Jersey this year. Eddie Gamao, Evangelos Megariotis, and Vivienne Matalon are three that have temporarily lost their license due to overprescribing opioids. And Sharon Worosilo of East Brunswick has also temporarily lost her license due to ‘bizarre’ behavior within her office.
The case of Tavares is unique though, in that his alleged crimes did not take place in the office. While he did not overprescribe medications or treat patients unnecessarily, the crimes from his personal life ended up affecting his professional career.
“When doctors cannot act appropriately and within the law of their own home, it is fair to question how they may behave within the confines of their practice,” says Ed Weinstein of the Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein. “After having proven bad judgement in one area of their lives, it makes sense to question if they will exercise that same poor judgement within the office.”
Tavares does still have the potential to get his medical license back. However, his case proves that medical boards throughout New Jersey take domestic violence very seriously and are ready to take action when a doctor has been charged.