BUFFALO, NY - James Corasanti, a local gastroenterologist who struck and killed Amherst teen Alix Rice in 2011 has received clinical privileges to once again practice medicine.
Attorney Joel Daniels represented Corasanti during his trial. "This guy has earned the right to go back to work and serve his patients," he said."
Kaleida Health released the following statement Wednesday:
"Dr. Corasanti has applied for and has received clinical privileges that are consistent with his license to practice medicine. Kaleida Health has not hired him or retained him to provide clinical services.
"Like all physicians who are interested in practicing in our facilities, he went through this formal review process.
"His request for privileges first went through the Kaleida Health medical/dental staff's credentials committee, then to the medical executive committee and finally, to the Kaleida Health Board of Directors."
In response to the news, Alix's father, Richard Rice released the following statement to 2 On Your Side: "He is trying to return his life to normal. Our lives (family) will never return to normal. Justice has not been served."
Dr. Corasanti, a former employee of the Buffalo Medical Group, was a practicing gastroenterologist and the medical director of the GI endoscopy unit at Buffalo General Medical Center until July 2011.
Corasanti was acquitted on felony charges but found guilty of misdemeanor DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail and was released in April.
Dr. Corasanti never actually lost his medical license. After his DWI conviction, the New York State Health Department put Corasanti on probation for 5 years. Among the terms of the probation, he reportedly will be subjected to random alcohol screenings, and he can only practice medicine under the supervision of another licensed doctor.