A former doctor at Dayton Children’s Hospital has lost his Ohio medical license because he didn’t report having his license suspended by medical officials in England.
The State Medical Board of Ohio voted in January to revoke the license of Dr. Jayaprakash Gosalakkal, according to state records.
Gosalakkal worked at Dayton Children’s Hospital under a contract with the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University from 2012 until May 2013. He lost his job after a newspaper reporter in England contacted the hospital and Gosalakkal about him facing misconduct charges from the United Kingdom’s medical disciplinary bodies.
Children’s hospital officials say they investigated and then revoked his clinical privileges. Wright State terminated Gosalakkal’s position at the medical school after his clinical privileges were revoked.
The State Medical Board determined that Gosalakkal’s practice was restricted at University Hospitals of Leicester in February 2011 while he was under investigation for providing poor patient care. Gosalakkal argued in his disciplinary proceeding that there were other reasons for the complaints against him.
“Dr. Gosalakkal believes that the investigation and restriction into his practice was the result of numerous whistleblower complaints that he filed against others while employed at University Hospitals of Leicester,” medical board records say.
He was fired from that hospital in October 2011, roughly six months after he applied for a Ohio medical license. He indicated on his application that he had never been disciplined or had his clinical privileges suspended, state medical board records say.
His Ohio medical license was granted in December 2011.
“The process of hiring and credentialing Dr. Gosalakkal took place three months prior to his medical license suspension in Great Britain. The process would have no way of identifying this suspension because it had not taken place,” Children’s hospital spokeswoman Stacy Porter said in a written statement.
“Our chief medical officer is not aware of any quality of care issues regarding Dr. Gosalakkal while at Dayton Children’s. Certainly, if our professional staff or parents ever report a concern about a member of our professional staff, we take those very seriously and investigate each and every one.”
After he was terminated in Dayton, Gosalakkal returned to England for a hearing on the charges. He was issued a six-month suspension, which became effective after a 2015 appeal and ended in January 2016. He is still licensed to practice medicine in Michigan and works as a doctor in Detroit, according to state medical records.
Levi Tkach, an attorney for Gosalakkal, read portions of a statement from his client before the board that said, “I accept full responsibility. I promise if given an opportunity to continue my career, I will not repeat any of these. Justice should be tempered with mercy, and I hope the board would find in itself to allow me to complete my medical career with dignity.”
Board chairman Amol Soin said, “Gosalakkal had been untruthful on his application for licensure,” according to board minutes.
“(Board member Anita) Steinbergh commented that she found Dr. Gosalakkal’s testimony to have been evasive and circuitous, making it difficult to get to the root of the matter,” board minutes say.
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