The Medical Board of Australia has referred former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel to a disciplinary tribunal for lying about his credentials.
Former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel will face a disciplinary hearing later this year after a referral by the Medical Board of Australia.
The board has asked the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to rule that Mr Patel acted unprofessionally by lying to gain employment as a surgeon in Queensland.
If the finding is made, the board may request the 63-year-old is banned from applying for registration anywhere in Australia.
“The general process is that the tribunal will seek to determine if there are grounds for the disciplinary action,” a QCAT spokeswoman said.
“If grounds are established, submissions may then be sought regarding sanctions.”
The hearing will be held on September 8.
Mr Patel was convicted and jailed in Queensland in 2010 of three counts of manslaughter and one of grievous bodily harm relating to surgeries on patients, but the convictions were quashed on appeal last year.
He has since moved back to the US after receiving a two-year suspended sentence in Brisbane last year for lying to gain employment as a surgeon in Queensland.
During Mr Patel’s fraud sentencing, the court heard he was banned from conducting certain major surgeries without a second opinion in Oregon in 2000 and struck off New York’s roster of physicians in 2001.
He failed to disclose the restrictions to Queensland’s medical board and lied about his credentials to get a job at Bundaberg Base Hospital in 2003.
Criminal negligence charges were finally dropped against Mr Patel last year after two retrials failed to secure convictions.
Before his successful appeal, he had spent two-and-a-half years in jail in Australia.