NORTHVALE, N.J. -- The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners has revoked the medical license of a Northvale podiatrist accused of continuing to practice after he was accused of fondling a patient’s breasts and making inappropriate sexual comments to staff working at assisted-living residences.
Frederick Weintraub, 64, of Upper Saddle River, agreed to the permanent license revocation earlier this month as part of a consent agreement with the board, acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman said Tuesday morning.
“Weintraub’s conduct was a blatant violation of his oath to ‘do no harm’," Hoffman said. "Weintraub’s pattern of inappropriate sexual misconduct is clearly unacceptable and the Board’s action ensures that he will never practice medicine in this state again.”
Northvale police arrested and charged Weintraub on Oct. 25, 2012 after a patient at Alpine Northern Valley Podiatry reported that he fondled her breasts before a routine podiatry exam.
The state Board of Medical Examiners held a hearing two months later and suspended his license in January 2013.
At that time, state authorities said Weintraub also was accused of touching the breasts of a staff member at an assisted living residence where he was providing podiatric services.
They considered the staff member a second abused patient because Weintraub had previously treated her.
The company operating the residences terminated Weintraub in June 2012 and reported him to the Board of Medical Examiners, which began investigating him before his arrest in Northvale.
The board then suspended his license in January 2013.
Weintraub nonetheless "continued to provide podiatric services, including the authorization of several prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances, and the in-person evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a condition affecting the lower extremities," Hoffman said.
A grand jury in Hackensack indicted Weintraub in October 2014 on charges of “practicing medicine without a license or with a revoked license.”
Investigators with the Enforcement Bureau within the Division of Consumer Affairs conducted the investigation in cooperation with the Northvale Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, Hoffman said.
Deputy Attorneys General Christopher Salloum and David M. Puteska, Assistant Chief of the Division of Law’s Professional Boards Prosecution Section, represented the state.