Newcastle dentist’s license suspended for 10 years

August 6, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 12:25 p.m. Aug. 6, 2012

State health officials have suspended the license of Newcastle dentist Gil Furman for 10 years, according to an Aug. 3 Washington State Department of Health release.

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission charged Furman with unprofessional conduct in June and immediately suspended his license. Furman did not respond to the charges, so the 10-year suspension ends the legal proceedings.

In September 2011, Furman was convicted in King County Superior Court on two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, gross misdemeanors. Furman molested a child from the time she was 13 years old until she was 15, according to Department of Health documents.

Between 2009 and 2010, Furman allegedly prescribed narcotic and non-narcotic medications to three people who weren’t his patients, and didn’t keep records for treating them.

Furman is also alleged to have prescribed at least 450 hydrocodone pills to a patient for a nondental use between November 2011 and March 2012, according to the release.

Based on the ruling, Furman cannot practice in Washington or seek reinstatement of his license for 10 years.

The Dental Commission licenses and uses practice standards to discipline dentists in Washington as needed.

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