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Dr. Deepak Desai has told the State Board that he will not practice medicine as the investigation into the Endoscopy Clinic of Southern Nevada moves forward. Dr. Deepak Desai has told the State Board that he will not practice medicine as the investigation into the Endoscopy Clinic of Southern Nevada moves forward.
The scope of the unsafe medical practices is more widespread than ever dreamed. The scope of the unsafe medical practices is more widespread than ever dreamed.

Dr. Deepak Desai, the leading doctor and majority owner of the clinics under investigation, has told the State Board of Medical Examiners that he will not practice medicine as the investigation into the Endoscopy Clinic of Southern Nevada moves forward.

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A second doctor tied to the operation, Vishvinder Sharma, resigned from the State Medical Board Friday, but did not turn over his medical license.

The following centers remain closed:

  • Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, 700 Shadow Lane
  • Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, 4275 S. Burnham
  • Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, 4275 S. Burnham 
  • Spanish Hills Surgical Center, 5915 S. Rainbow Blvd.
  • Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, 2610 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway
  • Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, 3150 N Tenaya Way # 225

The scope of the unsafe medical practices is more widespread than ever dreamed, according to a leading state health professional. According to officials, more clinics are possibly using unsafe practices and new investigations are getting underway.

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Four new clinics have been discovered reusing dirty syringes and medical equipment and another clinic in Summerlin has closed its doors.

Investigators still need to check 30 clinics statewide, including 21 here in Clark County. They say all of the problems in these clinics have been fixed, so they are allowed to stay open. But many leaders are still calling this a crisis.

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Lisa Jones leads the inspection teams. She says the newly found dirty clinics aren't a threat anymore. "Right now, we have no other illnesses tied to any of them and we have no indication there has been any exposure."

The state will also get federal help on Tuesday when Centers for Disease Control agents will come to Nevada to assist all the new inspections.

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The FBI has also joined the investigation of the Endoscopy Center for possible Medicare fraud. Investigators want to know whether the center billed Medicare for 30-minute appointments that did not last that long.

The clinic may have also committed fraud for billing Medicare for two vials in instances when only one was used.

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State lawmakers have not blamed state inspectors for the problems, because local health districts, city licensing departments and the state all have jurisdiction over these clinics.

But Eyewitness News has learned that the state has not inspected some of the clinics for seven years.

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When asked if anyone is going to lose their job over the lapses, politicians say it is still too early to place blame anywhere but with the doctors.

Governor Jim Gibbons has called for the full use of state resources to prevent the practices that led to this problem, but he fought approval of additional medical surveyors last year.

Gibbons cut 10 new surveyor positions from a proposed State Bureau of Licensure and Certification budget during the 2007 legislative session.

Lawmakers challenged Gibbons and, in the end, six new positions were approved. Still, more than a dozen of those aren't filled.

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