A Rockland physician who served on the county’s Board of Health and was a hospital chief has had his license to practice medicine restricted for five years, records show.
The state stopped just short of suspending the license of Dr. Ronald DiScenza,an internist, instead sentencing him to a suspended sentence of five years during which he will be on professional probation.
The restrictions ordered by the state Board of Professional Misconduct and Professional Discipline will go into effect Friday. Discenza is currently practicing medicine in Yonkers. He agreed to the sanctions to settle the case against him.
The state took the action after New Jersey, where DiScenza also had a medical license, revoked his right to practice medicine. New Jersey took the action after investigating DiScenza for negligence, malpractice, misrepresentation, deception and fraud, and failure to maintain good moral character, records indicate.
DiScenza was charged in 2010 with four felony counts of repeated failure to file personal tax returns.
Authorities accused DiScenza of not filing tax returns or paying his taxes from 2002-2007. He owes $26,292 through 2006 and additional money for the 2007 tax year.
DiScenza entered a plea of guilty to a violation of state tax laws, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to probation.
The state Department of Health said he failed to disclose the tax charges on his medical license renewal form.
DiScenza served on the Rockland Board of Health, an appointed, volunteer position, from 2003-2012. He was formerly chief of internal medicine at Nyack Hospital.