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UCSD doctor guilty of attempted criminal threats

John Peter Serra can no longer practice medicine, sentencing next week

Dr. John Peter Serra pleaded guilty October 18 to attempted making of criminal threats, according to the district attorney's office. He was tried in Superior Court by judge Polly Shamoon.

John Peter Serra

According to a document attached to Serra's biography with the Medical Board of California, Serra must give up teaching and the practice of medicine, per court instructions.

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At the time of the crime, Serra was clinical instructor of emergency medicine at University of San Diego Health.

"Dr. Serra is no longer affiliated with University of California Health," says Scott Lafee, public relations practitioner with the University of California Health. "We can offer no more comment."

Further case information has not yet been imaged. Serra's attorney, Michael Berg, initially said he would help fill in details, but then did not respond to numerous calls.

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Dr. John Peter Serra pleaded guilty October 18 to attempted making of criminal threats, according to the district attorney's office. He was tried in Superior Court by judge Polly Shamoon.

John Peter Serra

According to a document attached to Serra's biography with the Medical Board of California, Serra must give up teaching and the practice of medicine, per court instructions.

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At the time of the crime, Serra was clinical instructor of emergency medicine at University of San Diego Health.

"Dr. Serra is no longer affiliated with University of California Health," says Scott Lafee, public relations practitioner with the University of California Health. "We can offer no more comment."

Further case information has not yet been imaged. Serra's attorney, Michael Berg, initially said he would help fill in details, but then did not respond to numerous calls.

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what? threats about what? article had no details

Nov. 18, 2017

Blumkinhead. Yours is a valid complaint, but the explanation is in the last paragraph. Further case information has not been imaged. I worked on this the better part of two days because sufficient information is not yet available. He only pleaded October 18. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 19, 2017

Barton Barby. As explained to blumkinhead, he only pleaded October 18. Further case information has not been imaged, and the doctor's lawyer refuses to talk. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 19, 2017

Serra today, November 20, said he had a psychological breakfdown that led to his guilty plea t attempted criminal threats. He was given three years of probation. After he completes rehabilitation, he may get his license back. I hope to have more on this. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 20, 2017

Very glad to hear that’s a possibility — thank you for following up, Don!

Nov. 20, 2017

HERE ARE DA'S CHARGES AGAINST SERRA. The district attorney charges that on July 24 and 25, Dr. Serra used circumstances to produce great bodily harm to Harrison S., a child. On July 24, he did actions that violated laws on false imprisonment, violence, fraud and deceit on Natalie Serra. On July 24 he threatened to commit a crime which would result in death or great bodily harm to to Natalie Serra.

It is not clear whether Natalie Serra is a wife or ex-wife of (or had some other relationship with) Serra. The child, Harrison S., is not identified.

Thanks to the Reader's Dorian Hargrove for chasing this down for me. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 21, 2017

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