AMHERST, NY - It's been nearly three weeks since a Dr. Eugene Gosy's pain management practice closed. On Monday it reopened, although Dr. Gosy was not there.
Top local physicians are overseeing the office where nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Gosy & Associates Pain & Neurology Treatment Center has close to 10,000 patients.
Dr. Nancy Nielsen, senior associate dean for health policy at the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science is one of the top local medical professionals helping with the practice. "No question about it, these patients are refugees in our current medical system and region," and that's she and Dr. Robert Milch saw the urgent need to make sure patients are seen and/or called.
On the first day, only patients with appointments were seen, others were asked to fill out cards and the staff would be in contact within 24-hours.
The office opened at 7 a.m. and patient Bill Graham was there two hours early. He was not seen because he didn't have an appointment.
"I'm here today just to get paperwork updated for my worker's comp carrier so I can start getting medication again," he said.
Patients were parading into the College Parkway office in wheelchairs, with crutches, canes and some carrying oxygen tanks.
Nurse practitioners and the physician assistants will write out prescriptions.
Barbara Caulson didn't have an appointment, but figured since she was in the area she would stop into the office. "I was just going to go up there and see what the hell is going on, they've left patients in awful predicaments I've been bed-ridden for four-weeks."
Monday afternoon, Dr. Eugene Gosy was on the Tom Bauerle show on WBEN radio. He spoke publicly for the first time, but did not address the legal case. "I want my patients to know that since the recent events we have worked tirelessly to find physicians with expertise in chronic pain management, so we could reopen the office as soon as possible. I wanted to ensure expert treatments. Please know that my first priority over the past few weeks has been finding physicians so that our office could reopen and I am professionally and personally grateful for your patience and confidence in me."
A federal grand jury indicted Dr/ Gosy on 114 felony counts of illegally distributing narcotics and submitting fraudulent billings to the state workers compensation system.
There were some impatient patients. One man told Channel 2's Claudine Ewing when he went to the office and was confronted with security guards, "I busted in between them, they grabbed me and tried to hold me back, but I got in there and I did what I had to do and I got an appointment."