Surgical technologist summarily suspended

DENVER (May 22, 2016) — On May 20, 2016, the Director of the Office of Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technologist Registration summarily suspended the registration of Emir Kurjak meaning he may not practice.

According to the summary suspension document, Mr. Kurjak failed to report three criminal convictions for alcohol-related offenses, and falsely attested about his criminal background on his license renewal application. State law requires surgical technologists to report criminal convictions at the time of application as well aswithin 30 days after a conviction once registered.  

“Misrepresentations about criminal background are a violation of the law,” said Lauren Larson, Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations, which includes the Office of Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technologist Registration. “If a surgical assistant or technologist fails to report a drug or alcohol-related conviction, or makes a false attestation, we will protect the public by taking immediate action to remove that individual from practice.”

According to the suspension, proceedings are pending to determine if Mr. Kurjak’s registration as a surgical technologist should be further disciplined.

The Division of Professions and Occupations, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), encourages consumers to verify a license and check for discipline before selecting a surgical assistant or surgical technologist. If you suspect wrongdoing, consider filing a complaint with DORA. Visit askDORA.colorado.gov and click on “File a Complaint.”  
 
 

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The Division of Professions and Occupations, part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), provides consumer protection through its regulation of nearly 400,000 licensees within more than 50 professions, occupations, and entities in the State of Colorado. DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675