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Desai case’s aftershocks continue to linger

Six years ago, as a result of a hepatitis outbreak at his clinics that caused more than 50,000 people to get tested for hepatitis and HIV, Dr. Dipak Desai was forced to give up his medical license. By PAUL HARASIM, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Desai’s clinics were tied to nine hepatitis C cases and “possibly linked” by investigators to 106 more. Most patients went to him for colon cancer screening colonoscopies.

Whether that fear will be erased anytime soon is debatable, particularly since every gastroenterologist other than Desai who once practiced at endoscopy clinics associated with the hepatitis C outbreak is still able to practice in Southern Nevada: Eladio Carrera, Clifford Carrol, Vishvinder Sharma, Dipesh Banker, Snehal Desai, Frank Faris, Carmelo Herrero, Albert Mason, Ranadev Mukherjee, Sanjay Nayyar, Shahid Wahid, Nicolae Weisz and David Manuel, who has moved to Illinois. (The head of the Nevada State Medical Board admits not all the doctors were investigated or even interviewed.)
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