A Buffalo-area psychiatrist whose medical license was suspended for attempting to enlist two patients to help him find sex partners has now had his license revoked.
An administrative review board for professional medical conduct, at the request of the state Health Department, overturned the suspension penalty for Dr. Dham Gupta, and revoked his license effective Wednesdsay.
The review board argued that the one-year suspension imposed in June by a committee of the state Board for Professional Medical Conduct was inconsistent with the conclusions in the case, and that Gupta failed to show remorse or to present adequate evidence on his behalf.
Gupta, 60, of Williamsville, was charged with gross negligence, failure to keep accurate records of conversations with patients and conduct that evidences moral unfitness.
He and his attorney did not respond to a call seeking comment. Nor did he file a reply to the state’s request that the suspension be overturned, according to state documents.
Gupta practiced at a number of locations in Buffalo Niagara. Two psychiatric patients reported to the state that Gupta asked them for assistance in obtaining a girlfriend for sex, according to state hearing documents. In both cases, the patients told officials that Gupta offered to pay them for their assistance.
In his original hearing, Gupta admitted that the conversations took place and that he contacted the patients about the status of his requests, according to state documents. But he testified that the requests for a sex partner were made in “jest.”
The hearing committee concluded that Gupta was not joking and was, instead, serious when he requested the assistance of his patients in obtaining sex partners.