Neurosurgeon reprimanded for not disclosing denial of his medical license renewal

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Wilson Asfora, MD, a former neurosurgeon with Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health, was reprimanded by the state medical board for failing to disclose his medical license renewal was denied in Florida, the Argus Leader reported July 27.

Three notes:

1. The reprimand, filed July 26, states Dr. Asfora did not disclose to the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners that his bid to renew his medical license in Florida was denied in March because of his exclusion from all federal healthcare programs.  

2. The reason he was banned from participating in federal healthcare programs stemmed from a 2021 settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve False Claims Act allegations against him. According to the settlement, Dr. Asfora is not permitted to participate in federal healthcare programs until 2027.

3. Dr. Asfora was dismissed from Sanford Health in 2019 during the investigation, but filed a wrongful termination suit against the health system in 2020, arguing that he was a victim of vindictive colleagues.

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