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Psychiatrist’s license is suspended over recurring problems with alcohol
By Kathleen O’Brien
January 06, 2016

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A psychiatrist whose disciplinary record shows a long battle with alcohol has once again agreed to an indefinite suspension of his medical license.

In a consent order filed by the N.J. Board of Medical Examiners on Dec. 24, Saquib B. Sayed agreed to surrender his license until he can demonstrate his fitness to return to practice.

The consent order refers to his “long history with substance abuse.” In all the specifics cited, that substance was alcohol.

This latest “relapse,” as the order calls it, occurred when Sayed drank at a Thanksgiving party. He had been under board-ordered monitoring that included random urine tests, one of which he failed Nov. 24.

Sayed’s troubled relationship with alcohol extends back to his days in Kentucky, where he previously practiced. When he applied to practice in New Jersey in 2001, he admitted he’d had to surrender his Kentucky license, and that he’d been arrested twice for driving under the influence of alcohol, and once for domestic violence. (The two driving offenses were pleaded down to lesser charges.)

Kentucky documents indicate its licensing board labeled him a “chronic alcoholic” who had been arrested six times after episodes of drinking. He was also fired from his job there.

But at that time he also had four years of sobriety under his belt and was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Based on that, as well a monitoring system of urine tests put in place and mandatory attendance at AA meetings, he was granted a license.

In 2004, he had a relapse and voluntarily surrendered his license for a year.

In 2007, his license was reinstated, but the following year he had two relapses. In 2010, he was subjected to more frequent random urine testing as a condition of reinstatement.

This past Novermber, more than five years later, he admitted to drinking at a Thanksgiving party, and the N.J. Board of Medical Examiners issued a cease-and-desist order, followed by his agreement to this latest indefinite suspension.

Sayed has not returned a phone call seeking a comment. An online search shows offices in Cranford and Haddon Heights, although no practice location for him is listed on the Board of Medical Examiners website.