ALEN J. SALERIAN, MD

Psychiatrist

 

1973-2014


WASHINGTON, D.C.

Biography

 

Born: Turkey
Medical Education: Istanbul University Medical School
Residency: George Washington University

 

President and Founder – Doctors For Equal Rights For Mental And Physical Pain
Medical director – Salerian Centre for Neuroscience and Pain
Former director – FBI Mobile emergency psychiatric response team
Pain Reviewer – New England Journal of Medicine
Life member – American Psychiatric Association

Author of several books and dozens of articles in
peer reviewed journals including:
Lancet, CNS Spectrum, General Archives Of Psychiatry,
Forensic Examiner, Medical hypotheses, etc.

National speaker for Pfizer, Novartis and Lilly
Freelance writer for Washington Post, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, LA Times
Painter, Poet.

 

DEA vs Alen J. Salerian, MD

On March 10, 2011 the DEA raided Dr. Salarian’s Bethesda, Maryland home and the Salerian Center for Neuroscience And Pain in Washington DC. The office computers, financial records and confidential patient records were confiscated. The personal property consisting of three cars and $168,000 were confiscated. Neither the DEA nor the Department of Justice ever produced any evidence of medical wrongdoing to justify the confiscation of Dr. Salerian’s assets. The confiscated assets were never returned even after the charges were dropped in April, 2016.

The DEA then sabotaged the Brain Pain Festival sponsored by the city of Washington DC at Lincoln Memorial on September 4, 2011. The tires of the festival truck were slashed. Dozens of participants travelling from Southwest Virginia also experienced mechanical problems. A group of medical students coming from Tennessee were not allowed to enter the city. The park police stopped the parade and ticketed the organizer for unknown reasons. Later, the ticket was cancelled and the mayor sent his personal emissary to deliver a personal apology.

CVS pharmacies began stamping medication bottles with a DEA warning informing patients that Dr. Salerian was under DEA investigation dating back to December 2009.

The Washington DC Department of Health, by the emergency orders of the District of Columbia, cancelled Dr. Salerian’s DEA license and shut down his clinic. Emergency hearings were held to determine the legality of the emergency closure. Administrative Judge Green never made a ruling after the administrative hearings in June and July 2012. No decision by the judge triggered the center’s bankruptcy and its permanent closure. Seven patients committed suicide within one year of the office closure. Another doctor—John Mirczak MD—died suddenly after his office was shut down by DEA. He had been treating some 20 Salerian patients after the office closure.

Salerian’s personal Attorney Kevin Byers and consultant Siobhan Reynolds died in a private plane crash in December 2011. Soon after that, Doctor Salerian received death threats and closed his practice for one week. Dr. Solange McArthur a philanthropist who had made substantial financial contributions to the centre, died suddenly in 2012.

The Washington DC Board of Medicine revoked Dr. Salerian’s license to practice medicine in April 2013. Fraudulent complaints by Pharmacist Shane Miller, Dr. David Katz and and Dr. Fratkin who committed perjuries were the essence of the charges against Dr. Salerian. Also Dr. Damato, the chief pharmacist of Washington DC, lied under oath. Her testimony was later thrown out. The pathologist from Fairfax County made a crucial error in the autopsy of a patient whose death became the main cause of the license revocation but the medical board refused to consider the crucial expert testimony from two doctors consistent with Dr. Salerian’s innocence.

In April, 2013, Dr. Salerian was indicted for illegal distribution of controlled substances in the practice of medicine. In 2014, he was imprisoned in Butler Federal prison for 4 months during which time he endured solitary confinement, torture and rape. The Department of Justice is currently investigating the complaint he filed.

The charges against him were dropped in April 2016. In June, 2016, Dr. Salerian relocated to Paleo Falero—a suburb of Athens, Greece.

 

 

 

DC Administrative Hearings
Salerian v. DC Department of Health
June – July 2012

 

Ethical violations and possible perjury in the summary suspension of the District of Columbia controlled substance registration of Alen J Salerian MD

Patient Complainant Perjury Evidence
JB Dr. Katz     “Dr. S only accepts cash. Dr. S is a Drug dealer” None
SH Dr. D’antonio    SH jumped up in the air.  SH is feigning injury. None
CB Dr. Fratkin     “I was manipulative with Dr. S”
DG  Pharmacist Shane Miller “Dr.S never returned my telephone call” Records show he never called. Records show Dr. Watson coerced Miller.

 

 

 

 

Postmortem Of My Legal Ordeal

by Alen Salerian, MD

 

  I have three people to be thankful for their enormous hearts energy and extraordinary loving dedication: Nansen Saleri, Nick Thomas and Kevin Byers.

My government’s central charge against me was I was a bad doctor—recklessly prescribing narcotics because of greed and I was harming people by willingly collaborating with known drug dealers.

At the end I indict my lawyers for greed and incompetence. Many top lawyers did represent me, but I believe I had bad lawyers. Reasons? Because:

  • I had an impeccable background in 40 years of practice in Washington DC.
  • Former chief for FBI – mobile psychiatric emergency team.
  • Known expert: Scholarly articles. Reviewer for pain related articles: New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Two nationally recognized experts concluded that my medical care was excellent.
  • Long and well-documented social activism for pain and psychiatric patients.
  • Evidence of generosity and kindness supported by witnesses.
  • I didid not accept Medicare or insurance.
  • Tax records: aggressive DEA raids produced no evidence of drugs or hidden wealth.
  • Compelling evidence of perjury by crucial government witnesses.
  • No death or injury due to alleged malpractice.

Attorney Al Belcuore:

Falsely believed I was paranoid for thinking that the civil case was engineered to support the criminal case. He did later realize it was fundamentally flawed—built upon provable lies. He obtained a second opinion from a cardiologist but never received a written documentation nor passed on this crucial information to other lawyers after he abruptly quit.

Attorney David Sanford:

Falsely believed the civil administrative medical case was unrelated to the criminal charges and called me paranoid . His central belief seriously compromised effective communication with the criminal team. By the time he realized his mistake it was too late. I had lost my license. He also unethically resigned right before the hearings before the DC board of medicine.”

Kathy Leong, assistant to attorney David Sanford:

Seriously delayed obtaining cardiology and pathology consultations which eventually validated my claim that Patrick Kennedy death was caused by a congenital cardiac disease unrelated to methadone prescribed by me.

Attorney Bernie Grimm:

Made catastrophic errors by not realizing the crucial importance of Patrick Kennedy case. Did not get second opinions. Did not communicate effectively with Belcuore. Did not attempt to cross examine any of the key witnesses who had lied. Bernie sabotaged critical help from PR at a time when there was legally sound opportunity to expose criminal acts by DEA. I was not indicted yet. A huge opportunity to be aggressive.

Attorney Glen Donath:

He did not appreciate the importance of gross malpractice in the practice of medicine to be a defining Influence in charges against me for drug trafficking. Professor Libby clearly documented this point in his book.

From the very beginning he acted as if he knew nothing about the War on Drugs and doctors. He never informed me of the dirty war well documented by Prof. Libby’s The Criminalization Of Medicine.

He poorly communicated with the civil attorneys, convinced that what was happening to my license had nothing to do with the criminal case.

He never filed official complaints with the Department of Justice of proven criminal behavior of DEA agents well substantiated by professional investigators. He had access to detailed criminal acts such as my volunteer driver being kidnapped on pain brain day, 18 patients being stopped for traffic violations then falsely arrested with phantom charges, one patient beaten badly—video recorded with witnesses—later released and never charged. Agents bullying pharmacists stamping bottles “Dr. S under investigation.” Many other provable criminal acts, not a single official complaint filed.

In summary the government’s case was weak and based upon lies. Had Glen understood this our strategy would have been different. Glen never got this. At first the government claimed Medicare fraud and greed. I did not accept Medicare. Greed was proven wrong with the massive raid revealing honesty and medical excellence.

Even after our experts confirmed that I had no weaknesses and the government expert witness wrote a very weak mistake-filled report, Glen acted as if I had less than 10% chance of winning. My only weakness was the loss of• my license. During a criminal trial that could have been easily explained in cross-examination.

For about a year government went after fabricated sex-for-drugs charges. They even locked up my patient—Linda—blackmailing her to testify against me and to lie about sex. She said no. She spent six months in prison. She also lost the custody of her seven-year-old daughter.

Glen lied to me about federal prison and psychiatric confinement. My life was endangered. I was tortured and raped.

Kevin Byers:

A former administrative judge and a nationally known attorney for pain doctors, he believed that, because of the documentation, I had little to fear. Unfortunately, he tragically died in a plane crash. He strongly believed I had been harmed by Glen and my other lawyers. Commenting on legal bills over $600,000 in the first six months prior to indictment, Kevin said “You have been robbed. You should be able to recover those losses.”

 

 

Extraordinary Missed Legal/PR Opportunities

 

  • WUSA Channel 9 Washington DC television reporter Gary NURENBERG broadcasted the news that Washington DC’s administrative case against my medical license was about to collapse because of “false testimony under oath” by the city’s chief pharmacist. This was indeed true and took place during the administrative hearings. This was in addition to the proven perjuries by 3 crucial government witnesses. Grimm, Sanford and Donath consistently failed to vigorously pursue and expose those criminal acts.
  • DEA agents sabotaged the brain pain Festival on September 4, 2011 and left behind numerous witnesses to expose their criminal acts.
  • DEA agents set up a failed sting operation in December 2011 at Cedar Bluff by secretly taping a Public forum attended by Virginia state representatives and myself organized by the local board’s newspaper. Their attempt to lure me in to a trap by accusing me of practicing medicine in Virginia in the case of Robert Rash failed yet initially energized the prosecution. Closer examination revealed many wrongdoings—some ethical, some criminal. They were never vigorously pursued despite an abundance of evidence.

Chronology of Events

  • WUSA Channel 9 Washington DC television reporter Gary NURENBERG broadcasted the news that Washington DC’s administrative case against my medical license was about to collapse because of “false testimony under oath” by the city’s chief pharmacist. This was indeed true and took place during the administrative hearings. This was in addition to the proven perjuries by 3 crucial government witnesses. Grimm, Sanford and Donath consistently failed to vigorously pursue and expose those criminal acts.
  • DEA agents sabotaged the brain pain Festival on September 4, 2011 and left behind numerous witnesses to expose their criminal acts.
  • DEA agents set up a failed sting operation in December 2011 at Cedar Bluff by secretly taping a Public forum attended by Virginia state representatives and myself organized by the local board’s newspaper. Their attempt to lure me in to a trap by accusing me of practicing medicine in Virginia in the case of Robert Rash failed yet initially energized the prosecution. Closer examination revealed many wrongdoings—some ethical, some criminal. They were never vigorously pursued despite an abundance of evidence.
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