State revokes license of pediatric gastroenterologist who sent inappropriate texts to patient

The New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct revoked the license of Mirza Beg, MD, who sent sexually explicit text messages to a minor who was his former patient, reports.

What you should know:

1. Dr. Beg, a former pediatric gastroenterologist at Syracuse, N.Y.-based Upstate University Hospital, sent multiple inappropriate texts to a 17-year-old girl who had been his patient for eight years.

2. The state banned Dr. Beg from practicing earlier in the year and revoked his license March 2.

3. In its decision, a board committee said Dr. Beg was an "extreme risk to patients." Dr. Beg left Syracuse in 2018 and has been practicing in Saudi Arabia since July 2019.

4. Dr. Beg admitted to sending the texts, saying they were wrong. He claimed stress, his work schedule and the need to study for his board exam led him to send the messages.

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