New Jersey Dentist Has License Suspended After Patient Dies and 14 Others Infected

A New Jersey oral surgeon had his medical license suspended for five years after bacterial endocarditis spread through his practice.

Fifteen patients of Dr. John Vecchione, who ran the North Jersey Oral Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery LLC in Budd Lake, contracted bacterial endocarditis between 2012 and 2014 due to “breaches of infection prevention practices,” according to the State Department of Health.

One of the patients, an unidentified 54-year-old man, died in November 2013, nine months after Vecchione pulled one of his teeth, according to the New Jersey Herald. The man had surgery for heart valve replacement after complications from enterococcus endocarditis, and died shortly after.

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