The California Medical Board has sent a letter of reprimand to a Santa Ana physician for his role in the death of female patient who suffered a heart attack.
Dr. Geoffrey David Furman, who specializes in family medicine, “failed to appropriately recognize and diagnose an incipient heart attack in a patient and obtain emergency treatment for her, resulting in her death,” reads the Public Letter of Reprimand dated Dec. 24.
The letter further alleges Furman “failed to document this patient's medical history and treatment in a manner which would allow subsequent treaters to be adequately advised of her medical history.”
Furman's license was not suspended and no further action was taken by the state board.
According to his Vitals.com listing, Furman “is a highly experienced doctor, with 29 years of practice in the field” and “hghly regarded by his patients,” having received a Patients' Choice Award in 2011.
He graduated from the University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, according to Vitals.com.
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