Showing posts with label Dr. Stephen Stein. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dr. Stephen Stein. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Colorado Dentists Who Used Dirty Needles Arrested in Nevada–Cocaine Intoxication

Dr. Stephen Stein - Then and Now


Dentist Who Reused Needles CBS 4 DenverFaces First Criminal Case

DENVER (CBS4 ) – A dentist who reused needles and put thousands of patients at risk of contracting deadly diseases has been arrested in Nevada.

Stephen Stein was arrested just after 1 a.m. Aug. 12 for cocaine and driving under the influence near Lake Tahoe in Nevada.

Court documents state Stein was speeding, 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, while intoxicated with cocaine.

Officers said they found “a hollowed out ink cartridge” in the Chevy Traverse he was driving.

In Colorado last year, Stein had been investigated by police in Denver for prescription fraud for alleged practices out of his two offices in the Denver metro area. State charges were never filed.

Stein agreed to surrender his dental license last year after the Colorado Department of Health discovered he had been under the influence of painkillers while treating patients.

Examiners said Stein admitted to being a drug addict. The board also found he had been using drugs intended for patients.

Since Oct. 1, 2012 six former patients of Stein have tested positive for either hepatitis or HIV.

It’s not known whether they contracted the diseases from Dr. Stephen Stein’s office. Stein has since surrendered his license as an oral surgeon.

About 8,000 of Stein’s patients were sent letters asking them to get tested. The health department says it’s impossible to definitively tell if the infected patients got sick from Stein.

Stein had offices in Cherry Creek and Highlands Ranch.

Stein is scheduled for court in the Lake Tahoe area on Sept. 17. Court officials said that is when the results of his blood tests will be released.


Patients of Dr. Stephen Stein urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis

Friday, March 29, 2013

As many as 7,000 Oklahoma patients could be in danger of infection

Tulsa-area patients potentially exposed to hepatitis, HIV at Dr. Scott Harrington's dental practices

Posted: 03/28/2013

    TULSA - Officials with the Tulsa Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health are in the process of notifying around 7,000 patients of a local dental practice they may have been exposed to blood-borne viruses.

    During a press conference Thursday, local and state health officials as well as the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry released details surrounding the investigation, which revealed inappropriate infection control practices at the dental offices of W. Scott Harrington, D.M.D. and officials say Harrington put patients at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

    Investigators were first tipped off to Harrington's office after one of his patients contracted HIV and hepatitis C  It was ultimately traced back to the dentist.

    Further inspection revealed a lack of sterilization, illegal administering of IVs by dental assistants, even a vial believed to have expired 20 years ago in an unlocked drug cabinet. 

    Despite health officials' discovery, Susan Rogers, executive director of the Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry, emphasized the importance of remaining calm while maintaining the gravity of the accusations.

    "I don't believe he had any idea there was anything bad happening," she said. " ... (It's) absolutely one of the most serious cases we've ever had."

    Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Bruce Smart echoed Rogers following the announcement.

    "We know it's very, very rare. It doesn't happen easily, but the fact that there has been unsafe practices, we never know if transmission could occur," he said.

    Patients who were treated at either of Harrington's dental practices -- located at 2111 S. Atlanta Pl. in Tulsa and 12806 E. 86th Pl. N. in Owasso -- since 2007 will receive letters from health officials and are encouraged to undergo testing for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

    The Tulsa Health Department's North Regional Health and Wellness Center at 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is performing free tests on a walk-in basis Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 pm. The health department has also set up a hotline at (918) 595-4500 for people with questions.

    Officials say patient information was only available for the past seven years: therefore, patients seen by Harrington before 2007 may not receive letters. Anyone with additional questions may call the hotline.

    Harrington, who the state says has been practicing dentistry since 1977, has voluntarily closed his doors while officials conduct the investigation. A hearing is scheduled for April to determine his dental future.

    The Tulsa Health Department will continue to provide updated information on their website at  (


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    Ohio Veteran Administration Clinic – 9 test positive for hepatitis – March 2, 2011

    Colorado dentist may have infected patients with HIV – July 13, 2012

    Oklahoma authorities say there may be as many as 100 victims in dental scam - September 5, 2012

    Thursday, November 08, 2012

    More legal troubles for Dr. Stephen M. Stein, but still no criminal charges or personal injury cases. Why?

    courthouse newsDENVER (CN) - A dentist's history of "getting high before performing surgeries" and reusing needles ruined his partner's dental practice, the partner claims in court.
         Neil G. Dobro, D.M.D., sued Stephen M. Stein, D.D.S., in Denver County Court.
         Dobro claims Stein concealed his troubled history to persuade Dobra to form the New Image Dental Implant Center with him.
         Eventually, Dobro says, he uncovered disturbing allegations about his partner, including that the Colorado Dental Board had recently "voted to summarily suspend Dr. Stein's license to practice dentistry."
         "Among other things, Mr. Stein had been stealing medications from patients and Dr. Dobro realized that Mr. Stein would eventually face criminal charges," the complaint states. "With this inevitable and damaging public disclosure on the horizon, Dr. Dobro proposed a means by which Mr. Stein could smoothly exit the practice of dentistry-Dr. Dobro would buy all of Mr. Stein's dental practice assets (equipment, supplies, etc.), together with Mr. Stein's putative membership interest in New Image."
         Dobro says he prepared an asset purchase agreement for this, in November 2011.


    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Cheapskate, dentist, Dr. Stephen Stein, has Patient Test Positive for Hepatitis C


    DENVER - A 9News viewer, who wanted to remain anonymous, says her husband tested positive for hepatitis C this week after a major health warning from Colorado's Public Health Department.

    The positive lab results for hepatitis C, shown to 9News, comes nearly two weeks after 8,000 people received letters from Colorado's Health Department about oral surgeon Dr. Stephen Stein.

    Dr. Stein is accused of re-using needles and syringes for days at a time on his patients over the course of 12 years. He had two practices - one in Denver and one in Highlands Ranch.

    The 9News viewer's husband went to Dr. Stein for several procedures. His last procedure, done September of 2009, Dr. Stein pulled her husband's wisdom teeth, she said.

    She received a letter from the state, much like many of Dr. Stein's other patients, saying her husband should be tested, she said.

    The positive results for hepatitis C came from her husband's doctor's office this week, and they have ordered further testing.

    Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.

    "Most people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have no symptoms," according to the Mayo Clinic's website. "In fact, most people don't know they have the hepatitis C infection until liver damage shows up, decades later, during routine medical tests."

    The 9News viewer said tests for HIV and hepatitis B came back negative for her husband.

    A nurse at her husband's doctor's office said there was no definitive way to link the positive hepatitis C results to Dr. Stein's practice, she said.

    A letter from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment warned patients that testing could not determine how or where patients would become infected.

    To date, the health department has not released numbers of patients that might be infected after the warnings went out.

    Colorado Department of Public Health Spokesman Mark Salley said they are surveying patients and will release numbers of people infected, if there are numbers to be released, next Wednesday.

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Will Dr. Stein’s patients be compensated? Remember that “tort reform” everyone was so hyped about…?

    Guess who picks up the tab if any of Dr. Stein’s patients are infected and any settlement money they might happen to get runs out?

    Dentist’s 8,000 patients may never see any compensation from possible lawsuits

    Posted on: 6:56 pm, July 16, 2012, by Heidi Hemmat


    commaleftDENVER — Calls are still pouring into the Colorado Health Department’s hotline, from some of Dr. Stephen Stein’s 8,000 patients who fear he may have exposed them to deadly diseases.

    Dr. Stein is accused of reusing dirty needles and syringes over and over again. Doctors say the unsanitary practice could spread blood born diseases like HIV and hepatitis.

    But one question the health department’s call center can’t answer is a legal one:  can Dr. Stein’s patients sue him for damages?

    Anderson, Hemmat and Levine Attorney, Ethan McQuinn told us, “Yes, they can file a lawsuit.”

    McQuinn said all 8,000 of Stein’s patients could sue for emotional distress, and you test positive for HIV or hepatitis B or C, you should be entitled to other damages.

    But he said, “most likely it’s not going to be enough money to compensate the amount of people who’ve been affected.”

    McQuinn said Colorado has caps on how much money you can get from a malpractice case. And because there are potentially thousands of defendants, the money would have to be split up.

    McQuinn also told us in order to win a lawsuit, patients would have to prove they were infected in Stein’s office, “that could be something very difficult to prove,” he said.

    And if Stein had fallen on hard economic times, like his run down Denver home seems to suggest, it’s possible he didn’t have malpractice insurance, especially since he hadn’t been practicing dentistry since June of 2011, “if the dentist let his insurance coverage lapse, then while claims can be brought against the dentist personally he may not have money to actually pay.”

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    HIV, Hep A, B or Death.. no line not crossed in dentistry out of pure greed.

    This blog has spent the last four years trying to drive home the fact that dentistry in the 21st Century is based on greed with little sign of healthcare considered before treatment.  (no, not everyone) but it is becoming the norm. So much so that madness as reported here has become acceptable.  The ADA and most of its members has remained silent.  This is yet another black mark on what was once a noble profession.

    There are over 1100 blog posts here about the corners that are being cut and those who are cutting them.  Yet, today I continue to have to report crap like this!  Why? Why does everything lead back to Colorado? This time, Stein's Oral and Facial Surgery and Dr. Stephen Stein.

    July 12, 2012
    DENVER -- Patients of a Highlands Ranch and Cherry Creek dentist were advised Thursday to be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and/or hepatitis C.

    CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia began asking questions of the state health department early Thursday and the department made its investigation public Thursday afternoon.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued the advisory urging anyone who was a patient of Dr. Stephen Stein, who practiced oral surgery at his practice in Highlands Ranch and Cherry Creek, may have been exposed if they received intravenous medications, including sedation, under Stein’s care between September 1999 through June 2011.

    The health department said patients may be at risk if they were seen by Stein during the 12-year period and at these locations:

    - September 1999 to June 2011 at Stein Oral and Facial Surgery, 8671 S. Quebec St., #230, Highlands Ranch, Colo. 80130

    - August 2010 to June 2011 at Stein Oral and Facial Surgery, 3737 E.1st Ave., Suite B, Denver, Colo., 80206. Patients were also seen at this location by Stein under another name, New Image Dental Implant Center.

    The health department said there have been no specific infections linked to these offices, so far.

    Investigation Found That Injection Needles Were Reused

    The department began its investigation following a report of unsafe injection practices. Upon investigation, it was determined syringes and needles used to inject medications through patients’ IV lines were saved and used again to inject medications through other patients’ IV lines. This practice has been shown to transmit infections.

    The investigation continues. State health officials are working with health officials at Tri-County Health Department and Denver Public Health due to the locations of Stein’s practices in those counties.

    Practice Closed, Stein Not Practicing

    Stein Oral and Facial Surgery is closed. Stein entered into an Interim Cessation of Practice Agreement with the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners at the Department of Regulatory Agencies on June 24, 2011, and currently is not practicing.

    In the original action from 2011, the state found “the public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.” Because of privacy issues, the state won’t release details about the complaint to Call7.

    Maulid Miskell, DORA Program Director, says that the agency continued to investigate Stein’s practice. In April 2012, the agency notified Colorado Public Health about the Stein possibly reusing needles on patients.

    "It’s related but unrelated. It’s hard to talk about. I can’t go into detail, but the information provided to them, as soon as we found out about that information, it was timely reported to them," Miskell said.

    Under this agreement, Stein can hold a dentistry license, but he cannot practice because no final action has been taken in the 2011 complaint.

    The Highlands Ranch office was purchased by another oral surgeon in September 2011. State health officials have determined that the reuse of needles and syringes on multiple patients in Dr. Stein’s offices did not continue past June 2011.

    8,000 Letters Sent Out To Former Patients

    CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia reported that 8,000 letters have been sent out to former patients of Dr. Stein. The letters should be received within the next few days, the health department said.

    However, records may be incomplete, so any patients who remember receiving IV medications, including sedation, at one of Stein’s offices between the dates listed contact their health care provider to be tested as a precaution.

    Patients who are uncertain if they received IV medications should also be tested.

    Patients who did not receive IV medications do not need to be tested. Members of the public can call 1-877-462-2911 or visit for more information.

    People infected with viruses such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may not have symptoms for many years, so it is possible patients might have been infected and not know it. Even though patients who may have been exposed may not feel ill or remember getting sick, they should get tested. Although testing cannot determine where or how someone was infected (at Stein’s offices or from another exposure), it is important to know so treatment can begin.

    Health providers who test Stein’s former patients are being asked to report any tests positive for HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C to their county health department or the state health department and to specify the patient was tested as a result of unsafe injection practices at Stein Oral and Facial Surgery. HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are reportable conditions in Colorado, meaning they must be reported to public health authorities.

    Former Patient "Angry," Felt "Instant Denial"

    Shannon Stamey saw Stein for a dental implant in 2008. She found out about the potential health scare when she read it first on the 7NEWS Facebook page.

    "I got on Facebook and saw on 7NEWS that Dr. Stephen Stein's patients should be tested for HIV and Hepatitis," said Stamey. "I immediately, actually, began shaking. I was with my young son. I talked with my husband on the phone. But definitely, instant denial."

    Stamey has a weakened immune system and because she receives blood transfusions every three weeks, she already gets tested for HIV and Hepatitis.

    "They just tested me in May and said I'm in the clear, most likely, because this was four years ago," said Stamey. "I'm just very angry for everyone else who has to go through this. I definitely can't imagine waiting to go into a doctor's office and get tested and waiting for those results. That would be very stressful."

    She also doesn't understand how this could have been going on for 12 years with no one coming forward.

    "How could people working in the office not say anything? And I just don't understand why. I mean, I don't know if it was a money thing? I don't think syringes cost that much," said Stamey. "I don't really understand how someone could do that or why you would do that and why no one would speak up for 12 years."

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