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Dentist linked to death, coma gives up his license

By Associated Press


A Hawaii island oral and cosmetic surgeon with 27 formal complaints — including a man's death and a woman in a coma — is no longer allowed to practice in the state.

Dr. John Stover voluntarily revoked his license and agreed not to be involved in any medical or dental procedures in Hawaii ever again, Hawaii News Now reports.

The Hawaii Medical Board voted to accept the settlement.

Meanwhile, former patient Kristen Tavares remains in a coma after a wisdom teeth extraction. Her father, Joe Tavares, said he's glad Stover won't work in Hawaii again. Another complaint against Stover involves the death of Curtis Wagasky, who had one tooth removed.

Even though Stover closed his three offices on the Big Island last month, patients can still file legal actions against him.

State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs spokes­man Brent Suyama said it will be difficult for Stover to obtain a license anywhere else. The license revocation will go into a national registry.

"I would hope some people may take comfort in the fact that he is unable to practice any longer," Suyama said. "If something happens to your family members or yourself, I think it's difficult to feel any vindication in the regards. However, this does end this licensee's practice."

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RetiredUSMC wrote:
He will move to another state and put other people in danger! There needs to be a way to stop him from doing this again to anyone!
on May 10,2014 | 02:54AM
StifelHNL wrote:
Read the article again.
on May 10,2014 | 03:50AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
A long prison sentence seems like a good option.
on May 10,2014 | 07:02AM
krusha wrote:
Sounds like this guy is bi-polar with mental health issues. Hopefully they can prevent him from practicing dentistry again, but most likely he'll resurface somewhere in the mainland.
on May 10,2014 | 09:25AM
serious wrote:
Let's look at the issue: he only stays in practice due to referrals from general practice dentists--correct? Where is the Dental Association on checking on those dentists who got referral fees for $$$$ and THEY didn't check his background???
on May 10,2014 | 09:48AM
tho808 wrote:
wow, after 27 formal complaints then he isn't allowed to "PRACTICE" in State anymore.
on May 10,2014 | 11:58AM
SueH wrote:
The dentist didn't "revoke" his license, only the issuing agency can do that. The dentist SURRENDERED his license. Poor choice of words, SA.
on May 10,2014 | 12:51PM