Bloomfield Hills Dentist Loses License

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

February 5, 2007

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the dentistry license of Surabhi Desai, D.D.S., based on his felony conviction in the United States District Court, Western District of Michigan. Desai failed to report his conviction to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On May 3, 2006, Desai was convicted of one felony count of Health Care Fraud. As a result, Desai was sentenced to 15 months in prison, to be followed by supervised release for two years with terms, was ordered to pay an assessment, fine and restitution in the amount of $197,124.19.

On January 23, 2007, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Desai's license pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional's license upon the conviction of a felony. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Desai's dentistry license.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/mdch, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.