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Friday Morning Notes

by Dave Emke June 2, 2017 at 9:00 am 42 Comments

New Schools Superintendent Tabbed — Dr. Scott Brabrand, the superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools, has been chosen as the finalist to become the new superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools. Brabrand previously worked at FCPS in numerous positions, including assistant superintendent. The school board will give its final decision on the hiring June 8. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Neurologist Charged with Distributing Pills — Ishtiaq Ahmad was arrested in Manassas earlier this week following a six-month investigation by the Prince William-Manassas-Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force. Ahmad, who also practices in Reston, is charged with distributing pain pills without performing medical exams. [Inside NoVa]

Details on Pedestrian Lighting Group Plan — In its most recent “Reston Today” video dispatch, Reston Association spotlights the work being done by the volunteer group to develop a plan to increase safety for walkers and bikers. [Reston Association/YouTube]

Restaurant Thanked by Fire Company — Vapiano (1875 Explorer St.) provided food for firefighters battling a blaze last summer. A-Shift from Station 25 recently presented the restaurant with a token of its appreciation. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Instagram]

Police Department Adds Another Former Journalist — Emilie Voss, a former television news anchor in Ohio, has joined the Fairfax County Police Department as the deputy director of the media bureau. Voss joins former WJLA reporter Julie Parker, who is the bureau’s director. [Fairfax County Police Department]

  • Mike M

    Perhaps Dr. Ahmad was having trouble drumming up legitimate brain doctor business?
    Perhaps for good reason.

    So many of our doctors have who-knows-what-degrees from . . . who-knows-where.
    University of Khaka! No kidding. Look it up.

    Anyway, I am breathing in the diversity!

    • Willie Reston

      Not sure what his race/nationality has to do with anything, but I’m glad to see we’re punishing doctors who prescribe powerful pain killers like they’re Tic Tacs. This (mal)practice is what has fueled this opioid epidemic more than anything else.

      • Mike M

        Ho hum. Willie, no one mentioned race but you. Such an obsession with race. Why is that Willie? You know when you see everything as racial, you are a classic racist.

        No one mentioned nationality either. But, let’s not be silly. I’ve been around the world enough to know that we have pretty high professional standards in our nation. Not perfect, but pretty high. Even so, and despite the occasional injustice, we do value certain medical schools over others. So, let’s take it across international borders. In general, do you want you heart surgeon to be from Johns Hopkins or from the University of Khaka? Be straight, Willie.

        Willie?

        • Jenny Gibbers

          Not speaking for Willie, however…

          A colleague of mine who contracted for the CIA at Area 51 went to Mexico to have gastric bypass surgery. That was 15 years ago and only cost him $5000USD

          Yes, there are instances where you would prefer a foreign doctor over a local one, depending on your circumstances.

          • Not Willie

            Costa Rica is also well known for its high quality procedures and low cost.

          • Mike M

            And from where were the doctors? We have a very case in point and you folks want to deflect. You didn’t answer my questions.

          • Not Willie

            I’m answering them above. But it’s not like it’s impossible to receive quality medical care in other countries and it doesn’t take a fellowship at Johns Hopkins to distribute deadly pills.

        • Not Willie

          Shut up about race and focus on willie’s ACTUAL argument about painkillers. He mentioned race once – how many times did you just mention it? Who’s really got the obsession with race? You seem to think about it an awful lot Mikey.

          • Mike M

            1) I will not shut up.
            2) Willie introduced race where it has no place. He ALWAYS does that.
            3) I know who you are. Why do you come in here under a different name every time? I can still trace you.

          • Not Willie

            1) Fine, don’t shut up. Just at least think before typing.
            2) He said barely anything about race. I don’t know Willie, I’m just here commenting.
            3) So what if you know me? Are you physically threatening me? Isn’t there something against that in Disqus’s terms of service? Funny how you don’t tolerate it when others tell you to shut up, but are so eager to threaten to dox people. Do I not have a voice in this forum? Is your voice worth more than mine? Are you trying to silence me? It will not work. Do not threaten to dox people ever again, I’ve seen you doing it before. I would never stoop low enough to do that to you. I have every right to be here and I’m being respectful and arguing good points. By the way I haven’t commented in months so you’re barking up the wrong tree pal.

        • Willie Reston

          So your “breathing in the diversity and tolerance” comment had nothing to do with his race or nationality? Nothing at all? What were you referring to, then?

    • Jenny Gibbers

      The doctor looks addicted himself. Maybe its time to administer drug tests to all doctors in this business. We should not have to resort to profiling; in short – all physicians should be screened and given a chance to explain their behaviour.

      Dominos.

      • Mike M

        Profiling. Would you profile between brain surgeons, one schooled at Yale, the other at Khaka? For which would you pay more? We all profile, Jenn. Live in the real world.

        • Jenny Gibbers

          See above. Real world example.

          • Mike M

            Simple point: Yes, we have to own some crime. It was born here. But would we be better off if this slime ball stayed in his birthplace to feed addiction and tie up the legal system?

            I have said this a million times. I know you have seen it.

          • surfish

            Trump voter, correct?

          • Mike M

            Hillary? Or were you feeling the Bern?

          • Jenny Gibbers

            Since we re name dropping let me mention 2. Rush limbaugh. Chris christie.

            Catch my drift?

          • Mike M

            No. I don’t. Since we are non sequitur, can we add some more? Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson,

          • Jenny Gibbers

            What i m saying is very simple and cost effective: drug screening for all doctors. If its true that 10% are users; good chance 10% are dealers.

            My question to you: why would you promote a witch hunt based on race, nationality or educational background when this exact issue could be held up in the courts and cost tax payers billions while law enforcement goes on expensive fishing trips.

            You re one of the worst politicians I ever came across let alone Sherlock. Please donate your brain to the sciences so we can make the world a better place!

        • Not Willie

          He was schooled at Johns Hopkins. Your argument is flimsy at best.

          • Mike M

            See my other post.

          • Not Willie

            You didn’t add anything of substance to your other post, or anything that precludes my statement. Try again.

    • surfish

      The vast majority of opiate-overprescribing doctors are anglo.
      Their white trash patients feel confident when they receive their ‘medicine’ from a white man.
      Although, in a pinch, when hooked, they’ll go anywhere – even the street.
      So what are you actually saying, Mike? It’s really more about you, isn’t it?

      • Mike M

        Not sure where you get your stats. Consider proportions.
        This guy wasn’t even seeing the patients. Special case.

        • surfish

          Most doctors are white men. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b475acc77391b5283d5331bed7d335b618befaa15bb3f91ae75d32f891080f88.png

          Stats are here: http://aamcdiversityfactsandfigures.org/section-ii-current-status-of-us-physician-workforce/#fig4

          Help yourself.
          You’ll note there is diversity, and that’s good.
          Why you feel it’s not good, you’ll have to do some introspection.
          Feeling marginalized? Inferior? What?

          • Mike M

            Because I don’t trust someone with Medical training in the poorest country on earth. I point to this guy and his malfeasance as exhibit 32,094. Nominal figures on crime and career don’t mean much. It’s proportion that matters.

            Do you have a problem with white men? Have a personal story you want to share?
            Can you articulate why diversity is so good that we should import it from Bangladesh?

          • surfish

            Wikipedia:

            “Dhaka Medical College
            Entrance examination[edit]

            Every year, after passing their Higher Secondary School Certificate examinations, nearly 90,000 applicants from all over the country sit for the medical college admission test. The top 197[citation needed] students get the opportunity to study at Dhaka Medical College. About 20 foreign students are admitted according to merit. Each entering Class of the college, which is known as a “Batch”, is designated by the prefix ‘K’ followed by the batch number. Every batch also has a special name: for example, Hottogol K-61, Baundule K-62, Shopnochari K-63, Jatrik K-64, Kolpok K-65, Shonkhoneel K-66, Lubdhok K-67, Deepro K-68, Uttal K-69, Suprovo K-70, Anirban K-71, Badhvanga K-72, etc.[citation needed]

          • Mike M

            Looking at this individual sample of output, I remain skeptical. But not you! Because . . . . diversity? By the way, you didn’t answer my questions.

            “Citation needed,” indeed.

          • Not Willie

            “What is asserted without evidence may be dismissed without evidence.”

            That applies to you too, Mike M.

          • Mike M

            I have provided evidence. This very story is only a part of that evidence.

          • Not Willie

            Would you care sharing some facts and figures, as surfish has done? Otherwise you don’t really have an argument, just a hypothesis and anecdotal evidence.

    • Opioid Epidemic

      I can’t tell if you are being facetious but he got his degree from Dhaka, the capital city in a country called Bangladesh. He also completed his residencies at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins and is accredited by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Therefore it doesn’t seem that negligence is an issue, but rather criminal intent.

      I’m aware of your particular “slant” in these message boards and just wanted to set the record straight that this doesn’t seem to have anything to do with your Reston crusade and instead seems to be part of a larger nation-wide issue of crooked physicians accepting kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies to hand out dangerous drugs like they are candy. We are in the midst of the largest opioid epidemic in our country’s history with 17,000 overdose deaths a year (in 2015) from PRESCRIPTION pills. Heroin deaths outnumber gun homicides and opioid deaths are now equal to deaths from car crashes. Have you ever known someone who got addicted to these drugs? This is the real issue here, and your diversity crusade is an unnecessary, caustic distraction.

      Source: http://www.sunnyviewneuro.com/homepage/about-us/physician-info/

      • Mike M

        It depends where you look! Another red flag.
        See also
        http://www.inova.org/Physician_Directory/Ishtiaq-Ahmad-MD/771345

        Internship? And Bangabandhu too! Possible that there are double standards for the incoming?

        Yes, it’s a bad problem. But it is closely related to our open borders.
        https://news.vice.com/article/mexican-heroin-the-destruction-starts-in-the-poppy-fields

        • Opioid Epidemic

          Your source says the exact same thing as mine, did you read it? Look at your link again:

          Residency at Georgetown Neurology (a good school, is it not?).
          Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Neurology.

          The point is that were he unqualified, he wouldn’t have gotten through those two very good schools. I respect your point that medical standards are lower in other countries – it’s true. But this man went through our system and his crime was not related to negligence and lack of medical knowledge, but criminal intent. I don’t know why he chose to get so many people potentially addicted just for a quick buck but there’s no screening system to keep out people with criminality at heart.

          As I said earlier, the real issue here is our nationwide Opioid epidemic and the doctors and pharmaceutical companies that fuel it. What are your thoughts on that?

          • Mike M

            My source says:
            Medical Education:
            University of Khaka 1999

            By the way, we live in the national capital region where resume fraud is rampant. Even more so among foreigners whose credential are harder to vet. They know it.

            Fellowship, internship means he sucked up for some tough months to native born doctors?

            My thoughts on the epidemic? I know it’s bad. Doctor and Pharma complicity and facilitation ought to be curbed. But as with antibiotics, you see posters in their offices about the bad effects, then they come in and prescribe them.

          • Opioid Epidemic

            “University of Khaka” – most likely a typo, unless you can find such a university through Google (I couldn’t). He’s from Bangladesh, no? Again, besides the point. He was also acting chief neurologist at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. I get your point about fraudulent resumes but you have no evidence that this is the case here. His credentials, experience, etc. indicate that he’s been through our medical system for over a decade and nobody caught it. With such high standards we have here, wouldn’t he have been caught?

            I’m glad you see the danger of the epidemic – too many Americans from your generation do not realize or appreciate its severity. I blame DARE and the DEA – they equate cannabis with heroin, saying they will both ruin your life. The DEA also has cannabis scheduled higher (meaning it is more “dangerous”) than meth, cocaine, and heroine! So when teenagers inevitably smoke their first joint and realize it’s not nearly as bad as their community told them it was, they become disillusioned with their community and the information that was peddled to them. The real “gateway” is a lack of accurate education about drugs and parents’ medicine cabinets. They get into pain pills their parents forgot to leave behind, get addicted, and move to cheaper and harder stuff like H or fentanyl.

          • surfish

            Dhaka Medical College

  • Not Willie

    #3 is a threat. Do not do it again or I’m reporting you. Doxxing is for cowards – it means that you know that your ideas are so weak that you have to resort to exposing someone’s real life identity to anonymous attacks. For someone who champions free speech so much, you seem very eager to stifle anyone who argues against you too much. And you finished it off with name-calling! How mature.

    • Mike M

      Speak away. Be prepared for rebuttal.

      • Not Willie

        Rebut away, sir.

  • Opioid Epidemic

    Please disregard the above, don’t know why it posted twice.

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