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Report of Regents Professional Practice Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Professional Practice Committee held its scheduled meeting on November 14, 2016.  All Committee members were present.  Chancellor Betty S. Rosa, Vice-Chancellor T. Andrew Brown, Regent Kathleen M. Cashin and Regent Roger Tilles were also present, but did not vote on any case or action.


Professional Discipline Cases

Your Committee recommends that the reports of the Regents Review Committees, including rulings, findings of fact, determinations as to guilt, and recommendations, by unanimous or majority vote, contained in those reports which have been distributed to you, be accepted in 4 cases. In addition, your Committee recommends, upon the recommendation of the Committee on the Professions, that 40 consent order applications and 18 surrender applications be granted.  [PPC EXS (A) 1-3]

These recommendations are made following the review of 62 cases involving sixteen registered professional nurses, fourteen licensed practical nurses, five licensed practical nurses who are also registered professional nurses, three pharmacies, three professional engineers, two dentists, two pharmacists, two veterinarians, one certified public accountant, one chiropractor, one licensed master social worker, one occupational therapy assistant who is also an occupational therapist, one physical therapist, one psychologist, one registered professional nurse who is also a nurse practitioner (Adult Health), and one veterinary technician.


Your Committee recommends the following:

That the application of Prasad Chalasani for the restoration of his license to practice as a physician in New York State be denied. [PPC EXS (A) 4]

That the surrender of William Degraw’s license to practice as a LPN in the state of New York be stayed, and that he be placed on probation for a period of two years, under specified terms and conditions. Upon successful completion of the probation, his license would be fully restored.  [PPC EXS (A) 5]

That the application of Farid U. Syed for the restoration of his license to practice as a pharmacist in New York State be denied. [PPC EXS (A) 6]


Madam Chancellor and Colleagues: Your Professional Practice Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on November 14, 2016, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.


Your Committee discussed several topics of interest, including:

Deputy Commissioner's Report/Update [Oral Report] -  

  • Full Board Consent Agenda Items
  • Board (Re) Appointments
  • Licensing Petitions

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 2:45pm