New Jersey — A North Jersey oral and maxillofacial surgeon is in hot water for practicing what the state is calling “hit and run” dentistry that resulted in harm to more than a dozen patients across four counties between 2010 and 2015.
The Board of Dentistry revoked the license of Dr. Andrew Maron, 58, who owned dental practices in Monmouth, Passaic, Hudson and Union counties, and ordered him to pay more than half a million in penalties, costs and restitution to patients, many of whom were low-income, elderly or disabled, according to a press release.
Maron was barred from practicing in 2015 when the state filed allegations of negligence, gross negligence and professional misconduct.
“Dr. Maron placed patients at risk through egregious conduct that violated the most basic tenets of professionalism,” Paul Rodríguez, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, said in the press release. “His disregard for the well-being of his patients makes a mockery of the standards adhered to by those who are privileged to hold a license to practice dentistry.”
Following the initial decision rendered in May 2019, Judge Susan Scarola found that Maron should pay penalties for each count of malpractice and reimburse patients, totaling $138,000 in civil penalties and $75,041 in payments to 15 patients. More than $300,000 will go to the state’s aggregate costs and attorneys’ fees.
Bringing closure to the state’s case, the Board denounced Maron’s predatory practices, which include ignoring patients’ medical histories, pressuring Medicaid patients into taking CareCredit loans, inaccurate and inflated billing and failing to ensure patient welfare. In total, Scarola ruled that Maron committed multiple counts of nine separate infractions related to negligence and misconduct.
“Most dental practitioners are dedicated to the health and safety of their patients,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. “But revolving-door dentistry that puts practitioners’ financial gain ahead of patient health and safety erodes public trust and undermines the integrity of the entire profession. That’s why it’s important for the Board to take decisive action in cases like this one, and we are pleased that the Board did so.”