SOMERSET, NJ - A state board temporarily suspended a local pain doctor’s license for allegedly calling a client a "drug addict", waving a knife in the air with a room full of patients, and other inappropriate behavior, according to court documents.
On October 27, Franklin Township police summoned a Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service (PESS) to the Veronica Avenue office of Dr. Sharon C. Worosilo due to suspected paranoid and delusional behavior, according to court documents.
After speaking to Worosilo, the PESS representative arranged for her evaluation by a psychiatrist, according to court documents. She was evaluated and not admitted to the hospital, according to court documents.
“Dr. Worosilo’s behavior was so troubling that we had to act quickly to safeguard patients and staff who interact with her,” said New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. “The Board’s decision to suspend her license immediately was necessary to protect those who might have been harmed by her conduct.”
According to court documents, Worosilo's inappropriate behavior began in early October.
During one such incident, Worosilo told her New Jersey Pain Management partner Dr. Jennifer Yanow, "I had a nervous breakdown last Wednesday" and "I had a nervous breakdown last Wednesday because I don't want to be the richest women in the world."
A week later, Worosilo chartered a jet to see Yanow run a marathon in Chicago. When Worosilo found Yanow, she was intoxicated and attempted to get Yanow to fly back with her, according to court documents.
Her offer was declined and Yanow never expected Worosilo to come to Chicago, according to court documents.
Weeks later on October 16, Worosilo called a new patient a "drug addict" and told him to "get the (expletive) out of my office", according to court documents.
Worosilo then told her staff to call 9-1-1 and grabbed a knife and waved it around in a room full of patients, according to court documents.
The next day, Dr. Adam Lipson was to perform surgeries at New Jersey and Precision Surgical Center in East Brunswick, another center operated by Dr. Worosilio and he observed odd behavior from Dr. Worosillo, according to court documents.
Allegedly, she approached Lipson's patient with a battery and told the patient Lipson can just put the battery in him and "stick it where the sun doesn't shine", according to court documents.
Worosilo attempted for more than 40 minutes to perform an epidural injection on a patient she called "brotha" while repeatedly asking an X-ray technician what she should do next, and "what do you think?," according to a complaint filed November 3.
After the incident, Worosilo came out of the patient's room and told her partner Yanow, "it's all yours," according to court documents.
The Board of Medical Examiners became aware of Worosilo’s behavior in late October 2017, according to a news release.
Days later, the Division of Law was notified of several calls to the Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey (PAP) alleging that Worosilo was behaving erratically while practicing, according to court documents.
“The board appropriately recognized that the nature of conduct alleged could have placed Dr. Worosilo’s patients at risk,” said Sharon M. Joyce, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “The board’s swift action to remove her from practice was the right thing to do.”
At a board hearing on November 8, Worosilo was ordered to immediately stop practicing medicine and to turn in her license, according to an Order of Temporary Suspension signed by Board President George J. Scott, D.O., D.P.M.
Worosilo may seek to have the terms of the suspension modified, but as a precondition to any such motion, she must fully participate with PAP, including submitting to evaluations for possible impairments and medical issues. She can petition the board seeking a return to practice only after the required evaluations, according to the release.
According to the New Jersey Pain Management's website, Worosilo graduated from Yale University, completed a Surgical Internship followed by Anesthesiology Residency with sub-specialty training in Pain Management, for which she is board certified.
She founded the New Jersey Pain Management Institute in 1997 according to its website.
"Dr. Worosilo has traveled extensively, having visited over 50 countries", the website says. "She is enamored with the Italian way of life, "la dolce vita", and strives to bring joy and positivity to all of her patients. Dr. Worosilo is an avid cyclist, and is currently training for her first century."
Worosilo's office did not return a call or respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday.
The Enforcement Bureau of the Division of Consumer Affairs conducted the investigation and Deputy Attorney General Delia DeLisi represents the state in this matter, according to the release.