Unlicensed cosmetic surgeon arrested in Sarasota

Dr. Leonard Rubinstein was arrested Monday after numerous complaints that he was practicing medicine in Sarasota despite having his medical license revoked.
 
A Sarasota police officer posed as a potential patient, which resulted in one charge of Attempting or Offering to Practice Medicine with a Revoked License.
 
As a result of a search warrant issued Monday morning, detectives seized numerous medical records and marketing materials that indicated Dr. Rubinstein, 59, was practicing medicine.  There was also evidence of illegally obtained controlled substance medication.
 
Several additional charges are expected.
 
This investigation focused on patients or procedures that Dr. Rubinstein may have seen or performed at his Sarasota office after the date of his license revocation effective December 7, 2012.  The investigation is continuing.
 
"He was putting the lives and health of Floridians in grave danger," said Dr. Jay Wolfson.
 
Wolfson, both a doctor and a lawyer, was appalled when he heard Rubinstein's history of discipline that spans several years. ABC Action News uncovered multiple claims of medical malpractice in his background, including allegations the former ear, nose, and throat doctor misdiagnosed patients and exploited them for financial gain.
 
Wolfson recommends patients always research a potential physician online. You can verify the status of their license through either the Board of Medicine or the Board of Osteopathic Medicine depending on whether your physician is an M.D. or a D.O.
 
To verify a healthcare practitioner's license go to http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP
 
"It's better to check in advance before someone takes a knife to your body," Wolfson said.
 
If any individual who may have been a patient of Rubinstein's after December 7, 2012  is in need of their medical records, copies can be obtained by contacting Lieutenant James Rieser of the Sarasota Police Department Bureau of Criminal Investigations at (941) 954-7093.
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