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Sterling Heights Physician Found Guilty of Practicing Without a License

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today that Husam Thamin Abed, 54, of Sterling Heights, has been convicted by a Kent County jury of six counts of the Unauthorized Practice of a Health Profession—a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

Abed had practiced at his Grand Rapids clinic as a licensed physician within the specialty of urogynecology. With authorization from the Board of Medicine, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) began investigating the practices of Dr. Abed and filed an administrative complaint against him on May 17, 2022. The administrative complaint generally alleged a departure from acceptable medical standards. Based upon the allegations in the administrative complaint, and in consultation with the Board of Medicine, LARA issued a Summary Suspension of Dr. Abed’s license to practice medicine on May 23rd of that same year.  

Additional investigation conducted by both LARA and the Department of Attorney General confirmed that Dr. Abed continued treating patients at his clinic after the suspension of his license to practice.

“Providing medical care to patients is serious business and the licensing framework in place helps ensure that care is appropriate and safe,” said Nessel. “Practicing medicine without a license, or while that license is suspended, is a criminal offense that the State will meet with appropriate enforcement to protect the public health.” 

Abed will be sentenced before Kent County Circuit Judge J. Joseph Rossi on May 29th at 1:30 p.m.

The Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division (HCFD) handled this case for the Department. The HCFD is the federally certified Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for Michigan, and it receives 75% of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $5,541,992 for the fiscal year 2024. The remaining 25% percent, totaling $1,847,326 is funded by the State of Michigan.


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