TOWN OF WALLKILL — Patients of a psychiatrist who abruptly closed his office after his medical license was revoked are so desperate for records, prescriptions and help finding a replacement, they’re knocking on the doors of neighboring practices.
State revokes Town of Wallkill psychiatrist’s license
By Daniel Axelrod
September 29, 2017
“I have extreme anxiety. I’ve done all the investigations I can possibly do to reach him,” said one 55-year-old female patient from eastern Orange County, who asked that her name not be used. “If I keep investigating, I will become quite ill.”
Dr. Stanley Giudici, 56, whose Integrated Precision Medicine office was in the medical building at 75 Crystal Run Road, sent a letter, dated Sept. 17, to his patients saying he was closing his practice “effective immediately is (sic) due to extenuating family circumstances as well as some immediate health concerns.”
In fact, the New York Board for Professional Medical Conduct revoked his medical license on Sept. 7. Giudici was charged with “gross negligence,” “negligence on more than one occasion” and “failing to maintain accurate patient medical records” for treating a patient between January 2008 and October 2013.
According to the board, Giudici provided psychiatric treatment, including prescribing medicines, without adequately seeing the patient or keeping proper records.
The board had already suspended his license in October 2011. But it stayed the suspension and issued three years of probation, which Giudici completed in November 2014. Those charges arose from Giudici prescribing opiates and benzodiazepines inappropriately to three patients without rendering proper care and treatment from roughly 2006 to 2010, according to the state.
Reached by phone this week, four patients were unaware of the past charges or Giudici’s medical suspension. Three said that, in the two months before his abrupt departure, Giudici told them he might move to Florida to be with his partner, who had recently had a baby.
His patients raved, calling him “very caring,” “eccentric in a good way,” “holistic,” and “better than their regular primary care doctors,” adding that he spent one to two hours meeting with each patient for diagnoses and discussions.
Repeated messages left on Giudici’s cell phone went unreturned Thursday. A Department of Health spokeswoman said state law does not permit the DOH to comment beyond the disciplinary findings by the state Board for Professional Misconduct.
Giudici’s patients said Goshen psychiatrist Paul Gordon had no idea Giudici referred them to him in his farewell letter, and in an interview Gordon declined to say whether he will see them. The other psychiatrist Guidici refered his patients to, Dr. Scott Wiener, no longer practices, though his replacement, pyschiatric nurse practitioner Nechama Keller-Sabel, of Suffern, said she’ll see Giudici’s patients.
The medical personnel at practices in Giudici’s former building said his patients have been suffering.
“It’s been absolutely heartbreaking dealing with his former patients,” said a medical practice manager at 75 Crystal Run, who asked to remain anonymous. “They beg for information about where they can get prescriptions and medical records and leave notes on his former door.”
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