Dangerous Doc Finally Loses License

After 40 malpractice cases and multiple complaints to the state, the Department of Health finally revoked the license of Dr. Robert Cattani, calling him an “imminent threat to the health and safety” of New Yorkers.

According to a Daily News article, Dr. Cattani’s incompetence resulted in injuries ranging from blindness to life threatening renal failure. Many patients blasted the DOH, complaining that the process of revoking Dr. Cattani’s license took too long.

Why is is that it took finding that the doctor was an “imminent threat” for the DOH to take action? When there are reports of a doctor turning EMS away when his patient is in kidney failure and losing blood shouldn’t that be a huge red flag to the DOH?

We have commented before on our concerns about the lack of oversight for the medical profession (see Prescription for Malpractice and Reduce Wrongs, Not Rights). Why is it that it took decades to protect the public from a doctor with 40 malpractice cases brought against him? What do you think?




  1. Margarita Medina October 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

    The lack of doctor discipline is a disgrace.
    Doctors should be held to some type of quality control and should be investigated long before they have 40 malpractice cases brought against them! People’s health and quality of life are at stake!

  2. Kate October 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    It’s a grave disservice to the public when so many lives must be put at stake before a doctor is formally recognized as an utter failure. Reform of the doctor disciplinary process is a must.

  3. Deborah October 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

    It is alarming that 40 malpractice cases and multiple complaints resulted prior to this doctor’s license being revoked. Better safeguards and a more expeditious process must be put into place to protect the public.

  4. Michelle October 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Imagine being the 39th or 40th patient this doctor injured. Shame on the Department of Health for allowing this to go on for so long and shame on this doctor for continuing to practice and ruining so many lives.

  5. Liz October 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Without a doubt, the patients are correct in complaining that the process Dr. Cattani’s license took too long. The physician disciplinary process must be reformed as soon as possible. It is outrageous that he was permitted to practice medicine for as long as he did.

  6. Rose October 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

    After 40 malpractice suits against this doctor, his licensed is finally revoked by the Department of Health in New York, but will he be allowed to practice medicine elsewhere and ruin more lives? His license should be revoked in other states as well.

  7. Beth February 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    It is unbelievable that it took the state so long to revoke his license. Shame on the doctor, but more importantly, shame on the State of New York.

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