Connecticut Dentist’s License Is Suspended After Elderly Woman Dies During The Extraction of 20 Teeth In One Session

220px-Dental_office-1The dental license of Dr. Rashmi Patel has been suspended in Enfield Connecticut after a horrific session with Judith Gan, 64, ended in her death. Patel reportedly extracted 20 teeth in one session and Gan became unresponsive and then died.

It is hard to imagine removing 20 some teeth in one session, even for a young person. However, the state board is also investigating allegations that Patel failed to respond appropriately when Gan’s oxygen levels dropped. She was later pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center.

Patel has two clinics, in Enfield and Torrington, and in December a 55-year-old man “aspirated [a] throat pack” and was rushed to the hospital after he stopped breathing. He spent six days in the hospital after suffering heart and lung damage.

Even more chilling is the account given by state investigators that the patient was in obvious distress but Patel “wanted to complete the placement of implants” as “the assistant begged (Patel) to stop working, and finally ran out and called 911, but the patient had already flat-lined.”

Patel’s attorney Michael Kogut objected to the entire hearing, saying “this arbitrary action was taken against Dr. Patel before the cause of death was determined. The Department of Public Health has again acted outside its limitations.”

Obviously, the suspension of Patel’s license is only the first possible legal action. He will presumably face a major tort lawsuit for negligence and even battery. While this currently appears a civil matter, he could even face a criminal investigation if police believe that circumstances raise questions of potential manslaughter. Certainly his counsel would need to be prepared for all such eventualities in such a case.

Source: NY Daily News

57 thoughts on “Connecticut Dentist’s License Is Suspended After Elderly Woman Dies During The Extraction of 20 Teeth In One Session”

  1. If you Google Search the name Rashmi Patel, you will find that someone of that same name owns a motel in Waco. Here is the excerpt:

    I have been staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Waco Northwest at least one night every month since October 2011 – I have experienced the most wonderful stay each and every time. The General Managers Rashmi Patel and Dana McCoy run a tip top crew and they themselves always greet with such care and passion. One of the sign in clerks, Jordan is always…

  2. It’s clumsy with the newest comment on top and comment box on the bottom, but hey it’s not my blog.

    1. i am agnostic about where the comments go vis-a-vis the comment box. If people want it reversed, I will work on that.

  3. Please leave it with the comment and reply on the bottom. Please, please, please, pretty please.

  4. Neither Paul nor I can post. Can anyone check the WordPress Vortex of Doom?

  5. WordPress is going nuts. I changed it again to most recent on top and box on the bottom.

  6. Paul: you called me a racist. And like Joe Biden. You must be unaware of the Patel Cartel. Here is a Wikipedia article on the Patels. I happen to work in a Motel Sex (formerly 6). I just clean rooms. But anyone who stays in cheap hotels in America knows about the Patel family. I am not dissing them. Here is Wikipedia on this:

    The term patel derives from the word Patidar, “Pat,” which refers to a piece of land. Consequently, the name “Patel” or “Patil” referred to one who was tasked with taking care of or farming that piece of land. The name Patel is found primarily in the Indian state of Gujarat,[1] as well as the states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar (Kurmi) and in some eastern part of Uttar Pradesh; and metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Kanpur and Delhi. While most Patels originated from Gujarat, some Patels are not Gujarati in origin, a few such prominent individuals being J. H. Patel and Rustomji Dorabji Patel.

    The surname is also prevalent in some English-speaking countries due to immigration from India. Within the United Kingdom, it is the twenty-fourth most common surname nationally,[2][full citation needed] and the third most common in the Greater London region.[3][full citation needed] In the US, the surname “Patel” ranks 174 among the top 500 list of most common last names, as of the 2000 US Census.[4]


    Gujarati Patels were historically village-based landlords or landowners and farmers. The patidar community benefited from British Land Reforms during the 19th century and their wealth increased accordingly. The Patel community varies by religion and ideology, with disparate groups having their own samaj (social gatherings) and mandirs. Some have taken up vegetarianism influenced by Swaminarayan sect, Vaishnav and Jainism. The modern Patel communities have branched out of agriculture and landowning to a variety of business trades, especially in hotels. Patels dominate pharmaceutical, chemical, medical, plastic, building construction and diamond industry in Gujarat.[5]

    “Patel Motel” phenomenon[edit]

    The “Patel motel” phenomenon, as it is popularly known,[5] has made a major impact on the American hospitality industry.

    A sizable number of Indian immigrants to the United States came in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of them worked in blue collar jobs and saved up to buy undervalued or dilapidated properties, turning them into businesses.[6] As many as 60% of mid-sized motels and hotel properties all over the US are owned by people of Indian origin. Of this nearly one-third have the surname Patel – a popular one among Indian Gujaratis (those that came from Gujarat).[7][8]

    “According to the Asian American Hotel Association (A.A.H.O.A), 50 percent of motels in the United States are owned by people of Indian Origin”.[5] A large immigrant population of educated Gujuratis came in the 1960s and 1970s. These Patels are known as founding fathers, having worked hard, saved, and then invested in many properties. Having a steady amount of income and savings, they called over their distant relatives and friends from the villages of India. Upon their arrival, these immigrants would already have financial assistance from the founding fathers and would be able to find employment with them until they could afford to start up their own businesses.[5]

  7. No, the most recent comment was always on the bottom, as well as the comment box.

  8. Nick Spinelli
    Jonathan, No, this is a new format. It requires paging down to comment. It may be serendipitous, but I thing this new format affords people a few moments to think before typing, always a good thing.


    1. I am trying to understand the format issue. I thought the box for comments was always at the bottom of the post and the most recent comment was on the top. Has that somehow changed?

      1. johathan – since I have been here the last comment and the reply box have been on the bottom.

  9. Jonathan, No, this is a new format. It requires paging down to comment. It may be serendipitous, but I thing this new format affords people a few moments to think before typing, always a good thing.

  10. BTW – are our new crests/icons/whatevers going to always remain the same? That would help with people who are changing their name periodically.

  11. I do not understand. Wasn’t the latest comment always on top and the box for reply on the bottom?

    1. Professor Turley

      The “Reader” functions differently than the previous default behavior of the blog. The Reader, that you and I use displays the comments most recent first. The blog puts the most recent last, next to the comment box. Now, the blog is reversed in order.

    2. Jonathan – the latest comment is on the bottom closest to the reply box, so we can see the darn thing. 😉

  12. None of Paul Schulte’s posts are getting through on this post, Sandy Hook, and the Bathroom posts. Can someone please fish him out of the filter? Thanks!

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