Medical board temporarily suspends license of Dover doctor

DOVER — Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has issued a temporary order immediately suspending the medical license of Dover physician Dr. Lindsay Brathwaite, a dermatologist.

In October 2014, the Board ordered Dr. Brathwaite’s license to be placed on probation for a period of five years after finding that he performed hundreds of biopsies and surgical procedures without any legitimate medical need, unsterile practices and writing inappropriate prescriptions.

During the time of probation the Board further ordered that he was to not perform any biopsies or surgical procedures, was to obtain training and education, and pay a $10,000 fine. Despite the order and the Board’s restrictions to his practice, it was found that Dr. Brathwaite continued performing biopsies on a daily basis and surgical procedures on a weekly basis.

“This behavior had previously demonstrated a real risk to the health and safety of both current and potential patients of this doctor. This blatant disregard for the restrictions placed on his practice by the Board only heightens that risk and the need to take action,” said Secretary Bullock, who can, along with the president of the Board of Medical licensure and Discipline, order the immediate, temporary suspension of a professional license.

This temporary suspension is limited to a 60-day period, during which time a disciplinary hearing will be held to determine what additional action may be necessary.

As a result of this action, Dr. Brathwaite’s status will be updated on the Division of Professional Regulation’s online license verification service. This tool lists the status of tens of thousands of Delaware-issued professional and occupational license and can be accessed by visiting dpr.delaware.gov and clicking “Search and Verify a Professional License.” The temporary order also can be viewed.

Dr. Brathwaite’s Center for Dermatology previously was shut down by the Division of Public Health in June 2011. The center, then listed as being located at Suite 201, 230 Beiser Blvd. in Dover, was closed after an unannounced inspection was conducted jointly by DPH and the Professional Regulation division. That inspection found the facility posed a substantial risk to the health and safety of patients. The order also extended to a second location at 118 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View.

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