A New York doctor who was charged back in September with falsely certifying medical examinations has been decertified from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, according to a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles press release.
The criminal complaint against Gerald Surya, M.D., 45, was unsealed in September in federal court. According to the complaint, Dr. Surya was authorized to conduct Department of Transportation medical examinations and certifications for CDL applicants at his office at the JFK airport in Queens, N.Y. However, Dr. Surya never examined the applicants. Rather, the exams were conducted by other staff members who were not properly trained, qualified or authorized.
FMCSA will contact drivers who were examined by Dr. Surya. Affected drivers will have to receive a new DOT physical examination from a certified medical examiner under the National Registry. Drivers will have 60 days to complete the new exam.
Once the 60-day period has passed, all examinations conducted by Dr. Surya will be void. All drivers who do not complete a new exam within the 60-day period will not be considered medically certified and will have their CDL downgraded to a non-commercial class.
Nearly 4,000 drivers have certificates issued by Dr. Surya. If convicted, Dr. Surya faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
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