NYC doctor deemed an ‘imminent danger’, must stop seeing patients

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A New York City internist who worked at a Bronx nursing home has been deemed an “imminent danger” to the public and ordered to stop seeing patients.

Dr. Andre Duhamel, 70, has “a psychiatric condition which impairs his ability to practice medicine,” the state Board for Professional Medical Conduct alleged in charges issued last month against the doctor.

The exact nature of the condition was redacted in state documents. The allegations prompted Heath Commissioner Howard Zucker on March 2 to order “effective immediately that (Duhamel) shall not practice medicine.”

A hearing in the case is slated for March 31.

Allegations about the doctor’s mental fitness go back to the late 1990s when he was convicted of a DWI offense in Nassau County and then lied to a DOH investigator saying he wasn’t convicted, state records show.

A 1999 psychiatric evaluation found Duhamel had “features of more than one personality disorder that together cause significant impairment to his social functioning and judgment.”

The state suspended his medical license for two years, but said he could practice again in one year if he got psychiatric treatment.

But Duhamel was in hot water again in 2016 when the disciplinary board alleged he inappropriately prescribed controlled substances to four patients. He signed a consent order and was put on probation for three years.

The state most recently alleges that he violated the conditions of that probation because he did not have a “practice monitor” to oversee what he did while working at the Riverdale Nursing Home between approximately August 2017 and January 2019, documents show.

He also did not tell the state he was working at the nursing home as he was required to do and did not maintain a proper log of the controlled substances he prescribed, the state alleged.

Commissioner of Health for New York State Howard A. Zucker speaks to reporters during a news conference.
On March 2, 2021, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Duhamel “shall not practice medicine.”
Mary Altaffer/AP

“I’m ready to fight,” Duhamel told The Post. “I’m going to sue the state.”

The Riverdale Nursing Home administrator did not return requests for comment.

When asked why Duhamel was allowed to keep practicing with his disciplinary history, a DOH spokeswoman said the agency was prohibited by law “from discussing or providing any details of an investigation or prosecution, beyond what is published.” 

The New York State Department of Health takes the health and safety of patients very seriously, and takes appropriate action in all instances of potential misconduct,” spokeswoman Jill Montag said.



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Erin Mosley

Erin Mosley writes for the Hollywood section of Newzinto.