State suspends Oswego doctor's medical license for negligence

The state has suspended the medical license of an Oswego doctor accused of negligence.

Dr. Dhanraj Soogree is charged with professional misconduct, accused of failing to maintain adequate records among other charges.

He cannot practice medicine in New York State until he completes a Clinical Competency Assessment. He will no longer be able to work in emergency departments, and will only be allowed to work in a family practice setting.

The charges stem from two incidents at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls in 2011. In one case, an 84-year-old woman went to the ER with abdominal pain and anemia. The state says Dr. Soogree failed to obtain an adequate medical history of the patient, and filed to perform an adequate physical exam. In another case, a 59-year-old woman came into the ER complaining of shortness of breath. In that case, he is also accused of failing to obtain adequate medical history, failing to perform an adequate physical exam and ordering the patient be intubated without adequate medical indication.

The state has charged him with practicing the profession of medicine with gross negligence on a particular occasion, practicing the profession of medicine with negligence on more than one occasion and practicing the profession of medicine with incompetence.

After he completes the assessment, Dr. Soogree will be on probation for 36 months.