Ex-Duluth surgeon may face sanctions in TexasA former Duluth neurosurgeon who has been publicly reprimanded by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice could face similar sanctions in Texas, where he now practices.
A former Duluth neurosurgeon who has been publicly reprimanded by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice could face similar sanctions in Texas, where he now practices.
Dr. Stefan J. Konasiewicz was sanctioned by the Minnesota board for unethical and unprofessional conduct. As part of his reprimand, Konasiewicz’s Minnesota license has conditions that require him to have a supervising physician, specializing in neurological surgery, observe at least five surgeries performed by Konasiewicz each quarter. The supervising physician must submit quarterly reports to the board. The order remains in effect for two years.
Konasiewicz has moved to Texas, where he is listed on the website of the South Texas Brain and Spine Center as a neurosurgeon in Corpus Christi.
Online records dated Sept. 24, 2010, from the Texas Medical Board show no sanctions or reprimands against Konasiewicz in that state. The Texas site also includes a space for “Disciplinary Actions By Other State Medical Boards’’ and notes “The physician has reported … none.’’
When notified by the News Tribune on Friday of Konasiewicz’s Minnesota reprimand, Leigh Hopper, public information officer with the Texas Medical Board, said she would be informing the board’s enforcement division of the reprimand. She said that it was possible that investigators already know of it and may have called Konasiewicz in.
“We can and usually do take action that mirrors that in another state,’’ Hopper said.
Hopper said her state gets information on reprimands from the Federation of State Medical Boards. “Typically, they would get the information (on Konasiewicz) in September and we would get it in October,’’ Hopper said. “We would request information from the state and we would present it to a panel of the Medical Board and basically take it through our due process.”
Hopper said Konasiewicz would be required to truthfully answer the question about disciplinary actions taken by other state medical boards when he renews his license in Texas.
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