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Kaiser doctor fined and sentenced to 5 years probation for importing date rape drug for personal use

June 4, 2004 - Kaiser Permanente Hawaii anesthesiologist Peter E. Fong is still working for Kaiser two years after he was arrested in the Moanalua Medical Center parking lot for importing components of GHB. He was sentenced to five years probation and a $20,000 fine in federal court Tuesday. (For more information see links to newspaper reports at the end of this article). 

 

According to the Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO), Dr. Fong's medical license is current, valid & in good standing. Even though he admitted to the crime, and a consumer complaint was filed against his medical license in 2002, no action has been taken by the Hawaii Medical Examiners Board, and the RICO complaint is still pending two years later.  This is the full extent of  information available to the Hawaii consumer when a doctor is accused or convicted of a crime.

 

In a 2002 survey of state boards’ doctor disciplinary information available on state medical board websites, Ralph Nader's group, Public Citizen, gave the Hawaii site an A grade for user-friendliness, and a D for content. The ratings are based on ease of use for a typical consumer, and how much information is present. In other words, it is very easy to find out almost nothing! The RICO office told us no additional information is available by phone or in writing, although they did reveal the complaint against Dr. Fong has been turned over to the legal section for investigation.

 

In another report, Public Citizen rates Hawaii's medical board the worst in the nation for serious disciplinary actions.  Constance Cabral, the executive officer of the Hawaii Medical Examiners Board, told us complaints go through RICO and the board only sees what RICO passes on to them. She went on to say the medical board may not ever have the chance to review a case if RICO closes it. Because the investigation is still pending she couldn't tell us if Dr. Fong's case has been turned over from RICO, or if it ever will be.

 

Kaiser has been liability-minded enough to keep Dr. Fong in an administrative position, but they aren't required to, and it is unlikely Kaiser members would ever know their doctor could be a convicted felon unless they visit this website.

 

In July 2003, Star Bulletin reporter Sally Apgar wrote that "researching doctors [in Hawaii] can be hard task."  We found it almost impossible.  If Ralph Nader is worried, then so are we.

 

Peter Fong, M.D.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Anesthesiologist Peter E. Fong, M.D.

June 10, 2004 - Honolulu Advertiser - Kaiser Papers Hawaii's letter to the editor published, Disciplinary action procedure lacking

 

June 2, 2004 - Honolulu Advertiser - A Honolulu doctor was sentenced in federal court yesterday to five years probation and a $20,000 fine for ordering drugs from Canada via the Internet.

 

June 2, 2004 - Star Bulletin - Kaiser doctor gets minimum sentence. The ex-bodybuilder had admitted to using illegal substances

 

Kaiser doctor among 115 suspects arrested 

 

Kaiser doctor released on bail

 

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii anesthesiologist pleads guilty to importing controlled substances used to make gamma hydroxibutyric acid, or GHB, better known as the "date rape drug."

 

 

 

 

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