MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
FRIDAY, August 11, 2017

A Meeting of the Medical Examining Board was held on Friday, August 11, 2017, at the Office of the State Comptroller, 55 Elm Street, Room 208, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106.

PRESENT:
Nikolai Lieders, M.D., CHAIRPERSON
Lynn Rudich, M.D.
Kamel Ghandour, M.D


ABSENT:
Manny Katsetos, M.D.
Richard Blum, M.D.
Amarjeet Dargan, M.D.
Debra Pollack, M.D


OTHERS PRESENT:
Annette Sadlowski, Disability Retirement Unit
Tanya Jasper, Disability Retirement Unit
Faith Murray, Investigations & Recovery Unit
Cindy Cieslak, General Counsel to the Commission Ford Harrison

Please note that a portion of the meeting was conducted in executive session as the focus of the meeting was the medical condition(s) of each Disability Retirement applicant.

CALL TO ORDER

The Chairperson called meeting to order at 9:04 am.
Dr. Lieders motioned to amend the agenda, seconded by Dr. Rudich at 9:05 am.
Amended to the agenda:

Walter Bertotti    Robert Jasinski    Stacie Padelli    Gregory Thorner
Lelia Bouyer    Laurel Kahak    Dina Parson
Paul Cicarella    Deborah Kovac    Domenic Pistolesi
Erskine Edwards    Cathrine McMahon    Nancy Purvis
Ann Engel    Mark Middleton    Sharon Russo
Michelle Goodwin    Alexis Otero    Mehdi Saeedi
David Hoos    Brad Ouilette    Mark Testoni


Dr. Lieders motioned to go into the Executive Session to discuss medical condition(s) related to the applications for Disability Retirement, seconded by Dr. Rudich at 9:06 am. Members of the Retirement Services Division and the General Counsel to the Commission were invited to stay during Executive Session. There was a brief break from 11:00 am to 11:06 am.

  1. Domenic Pistolesi appeared before the Board and made a statement at 11:07 am. He was excused by the Board at 11:08 am.
  2. Nancy Purvis and Attorney Barbara Collins appeared before the Board at 11:10 am. Attorney Collins made a statement and they were excused by the Board at 11:12 am.
  3. Gregory Thorner appeared before the Board and made a statement at 11:13 am. He was excused by the Board at 11:15 am.

Dr. Lieders motioned to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Dr. Ghandour at 11:17 a.m.

WALTER BERTOTTI         D-11254         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Walter Bertotti. Motion approved unanimously.

LELIA BOUYER         D-10686         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Lelia Bouyer. Motion approved unanimously.

PAUL CICARELLA         D-10902         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to table the disability retirement of Paul Cicarella. Motion approved unanimously.

ERSKINE EDWARDS         D-11437         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to discontinue the disability retirement of Erskine Edwards. Motion approved unanimously.

ANN ENGEL         D-11294         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to discontinue the disability retirement of Ann Engel. Motion approved unanimously.

MICHELLE GOODWIN         D-11667         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Michelle Goodwin. Motion approved unanimously.

DAVID HOOS         D-11487         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of David Hoos. Motion approved unanimously.

ROBERT JASINSKI         D-11613         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Robert Jasinski. Motion approved unanimously.

LAUREL KAHAK         D-11136         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Laurel Kahak. Motion approved unanimously.

DEBORAH KOVAC         D-11535         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Deborah Kovac. Motion approved by majority decision. Dr. Ghandour dissents.

CATHRINE MCMAHON         D-11648         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Catherine McMahon. Motion approved unanimously.

MARK MIDDLETON         D-10979         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to table the disability retirement of Mark Middleton. Motion approved unanimously.

ALEXIS OTERO         D-11414         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to table the disability retirement of Alexis Otero. Motion approved unanimously.

BRAD OUILETTE         D-11525         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Brad Ouilette. Motion approved unanimously.

STACIE PADELLI         D-11532         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to table the disability retirement of Stacie Padelli. Motion approved unanimously.

DINA PARSON         D-11485         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Dina Parson. Motion approved unanimously.

DOMENIC PISTOLESI         D-11433         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Domenic Pistolesi. Motion approved unanimously.

NANCY PURVIS         D-11521         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Nancy Purvis. Motion approved unanimously.

SHARON RUSSO         D-11450         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to table the disability retirement of Sharon Russo. Motion approved unanimously.

MEHDI SAEEDI         D-11683         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Mehdi Saeedi. Motion approved unanimously.

MARK TESTONI         D-11646         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to discontinue the disability retirement of Mark Testoni. Motion approved unanimously.

GREGORY THORNER         D-11454         CONTINUED ENTITLEMENT
Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich, to continue the disability retirement of Gregory Thorner. Motion approved unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT:

Dr. Lieders moved, seconded by Dr. Rudich to adjourn the meeting at 11:22 a.m.

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