Enfield Dentist Charged With Criminally Negligent Homicide in Connection With Patient Death

An Enfield dentist has been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the death of a patient in 2014.

Dr. Rashmi Patel was arrested in Enfield on Tuesday and charged with criminally negligent homicide and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death of his patient, Judith Gan, 64, of Ellington.

Gan went to Patel's office Enfield office on Feb. 17, 2014 to have 20 teeth extractions, bone grafting and implants installed when she became unresponsive. She was then transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she was pronounced dead.

The second day of dental commission hearings to determine whether an Enfield dentist will have his license re-instated were held in Hartford.

In May, the state suspended Patel's license and the State Dental Commission held several days of hearings to determine whether the dentist's license should be re-instated and members found that Patel failed to respond appropriately when Gan's oxygen levels dropped.

The state dental commission held its first day of hearings to determine the future of Dr. Rashmi Patel.

In December, he was placed on five years of monitored probation, but the move to revoke his license altogether was denied.

The dentist has denied wrongdoing in the death.

More information will be posted once it becomes available.

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