YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County grand jury indicted a Boardman man on Friday on charges that he has been practicing medicine for 10 years without a license.
Dr. Ahmad Hosseinipour, 58, lost his medical license in 2004, but said his work treating the poor and uninsured is too vital to stop.
“These are the type of people that don’t go see a doctor. How do you take care of these people?,” Hosseinipour said.
He said his troubles began in 1991 when he was working in a hospital and a needle accidentally poked him.
“About two months after the needle stick injury, I seroconverted to HIV. And I submitted my blood to Canton and they confirmed it was HIV,” Hosseinipour said.
The Ohio Medical Board later cited his mental and physical health when they permanently revoked his license in 2004.
“We know he used to have a medical license and it was revoked for a reason,” Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa said.
The state board accused him of telephone harassment and other crimes after he was fired from his job at Northside Hospital. The new charge, practicing medicine without a license, stems from an incident at Akron Children’s Hospital on June 24.
“He showed up there with doctor’s orders, his own doctor’s orders, and a prescription pad type deal, and ordered some blood tests on himself,” Cantalamessa said.
WKBN 27 First News reporter Amanda Smith asked Hosseinipour if he felt he had broken the law.
“If you say you are an MD, it doesn’t mean you have a license,” Hosseinipour said.
Before treatment, he said he suffered from depression and AIDS-related dementia. Now, Hosseinipour said treatment has his symptoms under control.
He wants to practice medicine, and help people get access to care.
“I love medicine. They revoked my license, but I still take care of patients,” Hosseinipour said.
He said he does not bill his patients, but accepts donations.
Hosseinipour was issued a court summons and will face arraignment in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.