License hearing for Tulsa dentist postponed

TULSA — A January licensure hearing for a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of keeping filthy office conditions has been postponed at least until April because an investigation of his practices is still ongoing.

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press Modified: January 9, 2014 at 11:10 am •  Published: January 9, 2014
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TULSA — A January licensure hearing for a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of keeping filthy office conditions has been postponed at least three months because the investigation into his practices is ongoing, officials said this week.

Investigators still need to depose dozens of people in the case of Dr. W. Scott Harrington, whose two Tulsa-area clinics were shut down last March. Health officials eventually determined that a patient had contracted hepatitis C from one of his clinics, marking the nation's first transmission of the illness between patients in a dental office.

The delay in the hearing until April 25 was agreed to by the state's Board of Dentistry and Harrington's attorneys. Dentistry board executive director Susan Rogers said investigators still need to depose as many as 40 patients, clinic employees and other witnesses.

"There is a voluminous amount of information," Rogers said.

Rogers estimated her investigators have already spent at least $200,000 on the probe, which accompanied a 17-count complaint filed by the state that documented rusty instruments, potentially contaminated drug vials and improper use of a machine designed to sterilize tools at Harrington's offices.

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