Muslim doc whose Nebraska clinic infected patients, killing some, blames Islamophobia, seeks N.Y. license
Dr. Tahir Ali Javed, whose Fremont cancer clinic infected dozens of patients with hepatitis a little more than a decade ago, has applied for reinstatement of his medical license in New York.
Javed, 47, fled to his native Pakistan 10 years ago, when the severity of the hepatitis outbreak became known. His medical license in Nebraska was revoked. He surrendered his New York license.
In Pakistan, Javed became a public health official and reportedly blamed the situation in Nebraska on anti-Muslim sentiment.
Unsanitary practices in the Fremont clinic led to hepatitis C infections in at least 99 patients, several of whom died.
A Fremont-based group called the HONOReform Foundation grew out of the tragedy. It promotes sanitary practices in health care settings. The “One and Only” campaign that it advocates seeks to educate nurses, doctors and others of the importance of using syringes and needles only once.
Javed could not be reached for comment. His Omaha attorney, Michael D. Jones, said he hadn’t had contact with Javed in years.
Antonia Valentine of the New York State Education Department, which rules on restoration of medical licenses, confirmed that Javed has applied for reinstatement.
Valentine said in an email that the application will be investigated and referred to two committees before the New York Board of Regents rules on it. It’s unclear when the ruling will be issued. Valentine declined to provide further information.
Steve Langan, executive director of HONOReform, said, “Sick people were injured, some of them died, and no justice has been done.”