NEWARK – The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, within the State Division of Consumer Affairs, has temporarily suspended the license of Dr. Philip B. May, who is under investigation by the New Jersey Department of Human Services for allegedly conducting unauthorized research on patients with intellectual disabilities at the Hunterdon Developmental Center.
“The alleged abuse of patients with intellectual disabilities, by a physician who was in a position of authority, is deeply troubling, and the Board of Medical Examiners was correct to act when the charges were filed,” Attorney General Jeff Chiesa said.
May does not practice medicine privately, but worked at the Hunterdon Development Center until he was suspended without pay on Aug. 3. The Department of Human Services is seeking his removal. May’s lawyers told the Board of Medical Examiners that he is also the subject of a criminal investigation, related to the same matter.
“By taking this immediate action, the Board of Medical Examiners has helped ensure that a doctor who is suspended by his current employer, will not be able to begin practicing elsewhere in New Jersey until the Board members reach a final decision on the allegations,” Eric T. Kanefsky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, said. “We will continue to use all the tools available to ensure the public is safe from doctors who ignore their patients’ medical needs.”
Under an Interim Consent Order with May, the Board noted that May voluntarily agreed to the temporary suspension of his medical license, and that the Board will adjourn any further disciplinary proceedings until the criminal investigation is resolved.
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey ) or 1-973-504-6200.
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