Dr. Chandrasekhar’s License Remains Revoked After Appeal
Following an attempt to appeal the West Virginia Board of Medicine’s decision to revoke his medical license, Dr. Subramaniyam Chandrasekhar’s license to practice medicine in West Virginia remains revoked indefinitely.
On Nov. 6 Chandrasekhar met with the WVBOM Licensure Committee. As of Nov. 11 Wetzel County Hospital had not been advised by the board of any additional action taken in regard to the appeal. On Nov. 16 the Wetzel Chronicle made contact with the board’s executive director, Robert C. Knittle. When asked about Chandrasekhar’s position following the Nov. 6 meeting Knittle stated, “His license status is unchanged and remains revoked.”
For the time being George Couch, chief executive officer of Wetzel County Hospital, said “The hospital has contracted for Hugo Ventura-Tavares, M.D. to fill Dr. Chandrasekhar’s vacancy until such time as a final decision is made in regard to how the position will be permanently filled.” Dr. Ventura-Tavares is seeing patients Mondays through Fridays at 700 Kevin Drive, New Martinsville.
The West Virginia Board of Medicine revoked Chandrasekhar’s license after it was concluded he was unable “to practice medicine and surgery with reasonable skill and safety due to . . . abuse of alcohol” following a special meeting held Sept. 29. At this meeting the board concluded Chandrasekhar had failed to comply with a term of his Second Amended Consent Order and violated probation.
Pursuant to this order, originally entered into by and between the board and Chandrasekhar on Dec. 1, 2005, and amended in July 2006 and November 2009, Chandrasekhar agreed to submit to unlimited, random, and unannounced testing of bodily fluids and/or breathalyzer testing. However on Sept. 20 the board’s investigator contacted Chandrasekhar to give a urine test.
Chandrasekhar provided a sample that was deemed unusable as its temperature was not warm enough to register in the correct temperature range. When asked to provide another sample Chandrasekhar refused. It was also stated in the report that upon his entrance into the lab he seemed “anxious and impatient.”