AG: GR doctor convicted for practicing without license

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A physician has been convicted after practicing at his Grand Rapids clinic while his license was suspended, the Michigan attorney general says.

A Kent County jury found 54-year-old Husam Thamin Abed, of Sterling Heights, guilty of six counts of the unauthorized practice of a health profession, the Michigan Department of Attorney General announced Wednesday in a release.

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The department says Abed had initially practiced urogynecology with a license at his Grand Rapids clinic. But with authorization from the Board of Medicine, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs started investigating Abed and on May 17, 2022, filed an administrative complaint against him, according to the release. The complaint alleged the physician had diverged from “acceptable medical standards.”

About a week later, LARA issued a summary suspension of Abed’s license to practice medicine, according to the AG’s office.

The office says Abed continued to treat patients even after the suspension, based on an investigation by LARA and the Michigan Department of Attorney General.

“Practicing medicine without a license, or while that license is suspended, is a criminal offense that the State will meet with appropriate enforcement to protect the public health,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement.

The AG’s office says sentencing is scheduled for late May. The unauthorized practice of a health profession is a felony that can carry up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine, according to the office.

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