A January licensure hearing for a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of keeping filthy office conditions has been postponed at least until April because an investigation of his practices is still ongoing.
Oklahoma Board of Dentistry Executive Director Susan Rogers says the continuation was agreed to by her office and attorneys for Dr. W. Scott Harrington, whose two Tulsa-area clinics were shuttered last March.
Rogers says depositions of up to 40 patients, clinic employees and other witnesses are causing the delay.
A 17-count complaint against Harrington filed by the state said officials found rusty instruments, potentially contaminated drug vials and improper use of a machine designed to sterilize tools at his offices.
Investigators say Harrington was responsible for the nation's first transmission of hepatitis C between patients in a dental office.
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