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Former Valley Street jail doctor surrenders medical license

December 20. 2017 12:52PM

Dr. Matthew Masewic, who had his medical license suspended last year for alleged problems with inmate medical care and operation of the Valley Street jail clinic, has voluntarily surrendered his license.

The Board of Medicine announced his decision Thursday.

Among the allegations at the time of his license suspension in May 2016:

• In the summer of 2012, an inmate known as WR complained about acute pain, hemorrhoids and problems going to the bathroom. Masewic chalked up the complaints to a prison assault. When WR was eventually taken to the hospital, doctors found pelvic and spinal abscesses, which resulted in paralysis.

• In December 2014, AK, who entered the jail 30 weeks pregnant, delivered a stillborn baby. Initial problems dealt with possible methadone withdrawals and an infected cyst. For two days, she had complained about abdominal pain believed caused by the cyst, but no antibiotics were prescribed.

• In the spring and summer of 2015, an inmate known as MY sought repeatedly to speak to a physician about migraine headaches. The symptoms also included blurred vision and nausea. Nurses provided Tylenol and Motrin. But Masewic ordered that all pain medications be discontinued for six months.

The terms of the license surrender can be viewed below:

At the time, the Board of Medicine issued an emergency suspension preventing Masewic from practicing at any correctional facility in the state of New Hampshire.

His pay at the time was about $90,000 a year, jail officials said.

According to the board, "the license surrender has occurred in settlement of pending allegations."

Those allegations include that Masewic failed to ever see multiple patients with significant medical conditions, and inadequately examined and cared for other patients; inappropriately stopped patients' medications and failed to order medications to treat patient conditions; and failed to supervise nursing staff as they engaged in the unauthorized practice of medicine by evaluation, diagnosing and treating patients.

Masewic continues to dispute the allegations and admitted to no violations.

According to the Board of Medicine, if he applies for a license in the future, the pending allegations would still have to be resolved.

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