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WCH Terminates Dr. Chandrasekhar

By Staff | Nov 24, 2010

George Couch, chief executive officer of Wetzel County Hospital, has formally announced Dr. Subramaniyam Chandrasekhar’s employment at WCH has been terminated.

Following Chandrasekhar’s appeal before the West Virginia Board of Medicine’s Licensure Committee made Nov. 6, the board took no action to overturn its Oct. 8 decision to revoke Chandrasekhar’s medical license.

The board 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.” This conclusion stemmed from an investigation on Sept. 20 wherein Chandrasekhar was requested to give a urine test but provided an unusable sample and then refused to submit another sample. The board determined Chandrasekhar failed to comply with a term of his Second Amended Consent Order and violated probation terms which stated he would agree to submit to unlimited, random testings.

“Since he is unable to fulfill his contractual obligations to Wetzel County Hospital, Dr. Chandrasekhar’s employment has been terminated and he will not be returning to work at Wetzel County Hospital,” said Couch.

According to Couch, WCH has begun the process to recruit a new physician to permanently take over Chandrasekhar’s practice. “Hugo Ventura-Tavares, M.D. has been contracted to temporarily fill Dr. Chandrasekhar’s vacancy,” Couch explained.

While Dr. Ventura-Tavares is on vacation the week of Nov. 22-26, he will resume seeing patients Mondays through Fridays at 700 Kevin Drive, New Martinsville, after the Thanksgiving holiday.