Following up recent news of UCSD physician John Peter Serra pleading guilty to criminal charges, another staff doctor is in trouble.
The Medical Board of California has filed an accusation against Bradley Glenn Hay, M.D., who allegedly has a long history of alcohol and drug abuse, and was found passed out on the floor after injecting himself with Sufentanil, a controlled substance, after completing an operation in which he was the anesthesiologist.
The accusation details a long history of drug abuse by Hay, and attempts to get clean, such as going to treatment centers. The accusation observes that in 2008, Hay was confronted by UCSD colleagues who observed him impaired on duty. He was sent to the university's Well Being Committee, which referred him to the Betty Ford addiction treatment center. At Ford, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
He returned to work at UCSD and was allegedly drug-free through 2014. In 2015, Hay stopped seeing his psychiatrist and began self-prescribing psychiatric medications. By the next year, he was ordering Modafinil, a controlled substance, from India. In 2016, his use of Fentanyl gradually increased, says the medical board. That year, he received treatment at an addiction center but did not inform UCSD, according to the accusation.
On January 27, 2017, he performed anesthesia on two patients. He made an error giving anesthesia to one of the patients, according to the accusation. After the surgery was complete, he went into a bathroom and injected himself with Sufentanil, according to the accusation, and was found unconscious on the floor, "covered in vomit, with his pants down around his ankles," says he accusation. Three syringes were found nearby. There will be a hearing, at which Hay could lose his license.
On September 28 of this year, the Reader reported that employees of UCSD's Jacobs Medical Center had received a memo, instructing them to report to senior officials if they saw signs of impaired employees. This does not appear to be the same case.