Free medical services offered
for victims of fake San Francisco doctor
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
June 8, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco District Attorney Kamala
Harris Wednesday announced a program that will provide free immunizations
and blood tests for the victims of Stephen Brian Turner, the unlicensed
doctor who had been performing fake immigration medical exams
in San Francisco.
The program is a collaborative effort between the city's Department
of Public Health (DPH), the University of California at San Francisco's
School of Medicine program at San Francisco General Hospital,
the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the city, and the district
Turner performed fraudulent medical exams on immigrants in San
Francisco and around the Bay Area. Immigrants are required to
have medical exams done in order to obtain residency in the U.S.
Turner injected many of his patients with saline solution instead
of with vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Diphtheria,
and then reported that the victims had been appropriately vaccinated.
Turner also took blood from his patients and did not submit the
blood for testing, but reported that the blood had tested negative
for HIV antibodies and for Syphilis, the district attorney's office
The free immunizations and blood tests are being extended to
all of Turner's victims, which could be more than 1,400 people.
"We're happy to be able to provide...the treatment people
thought they were getting,'' said Dr. Mitch Katz, the director
of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Harris emphasized that the program was established solely to
help Turner's victims, and that anyone who came forward to receive
the medical services did not need to be concerned about their
"The people who believe they were (Turner's) victims...will
not be treated as criminals,'' Harris said.
The DPH performs these types of medical services regularly, and
the department will take the victims at their word if they say
they received Turner's fraudulent services, Katz said.
A special DPH hotline with information on how to receive the
free medical services has been set up for Turner's victims. The
phone line will have information available in English, Spanish,
Cantonese and Russian.
Callers should leave a message and their call will be returned
within 48 hours, according to the district attorney's office.
The hotline, which will be operational through July 29, is (415)
554-2681. The medical services will be performed by the Department
of Public Health, and by medical professionals from UCSF and Kaiser
Medical Center if their help is needed.
Turner, 51, pleaded guilty in April to charges including practicing
medicine without a license, offering false records for filing,
mishandling blood samples, and grand theft, according to the district
He was sentenced to seven years and eight months in state prison
and ordered to pay $138,510 in restitution and fines.
Turner saw patients at his "Center for Health Control''
clinic at 2601 Mission St. and at another clinic at 3004 16th
St. in San Francisco.
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