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W. Scott Harrington

The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
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An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis has surrendered his professional license.

Scott Harrington permanently surrendered his license Friday to the State Board of Dentistry. Harrington's two Tulsa-area clinics have been closed since March 2013, when state health officials urged about 7,000 of his current and former patients to get tested for the diseases.

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Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature dealing with training requirements for oral surgery dental assistants.

But the head of the state dental board says the language in the bill has been misunderstood.

The Tulsa World reports the bill would set forth the training required to obtain a permit as an oral surgery dental assistant.

The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
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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.

The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
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The Tulsa Health Department says genetic tests on HIV specimens from former patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions are inconclusive for potential connection to his practice.

Specimens from three of four patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington testing positive for HIV were submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for genetic analysis to determine if the source of infections was related to the clinic.

The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
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An Oklahoma judge has tossed out a lawsuit against an oral surgeon accused of keeping filthy office conditions at his two Tulsa-area clinics.

Judge Rebecca Nightingale dismissed Sharon Fairchilds' lawsuit against Dr. W. Scott Harrington after Fairchilds' lawyer failed to show up for a hearing on Monday in Tulsa.

Fairchilds sued saying that Harrington was negligent when he allowed two of his office clerks to perform sedation on a child.

Harrington's attorneys had asked that Fairchilds' lawsuit be dismissed.

The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
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Oklahoma health officials say a dentist's office shut down for unsafe practices last spring is responsible for the first known transmission of hepatitis C from one dental patient to another.

The state epidemiologist said Tuesday that genetic testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the virus was passed at the Tulsa-area offices of Dr. W. Scott Harrington.

Health officials said the use of unsanitary equipment led to cross-contamination between patients.

State Health Board To Meet In Tulsa Dentist Case

May 14, 2013
The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
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The Oklahoma State Board of Health plans to meet partly in executive session to discuss the ongoing investigation of a Tulsa oral surgeon who was at the center of a public health scare involving thousands of his patients.

The meeting in Oklahoma City starts Tuesday morning. The executive session is scheduled as the second-to-last item on the agenda, and a spokeswoman with the agency could not comment on what specifically would be discussed.

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Oklahoma’s dental board says it may start promoting routine inspections of dental and oral surgeon clinics.

Health officials in Tulsa are setting up free testing clinics for 7,000 dental patients who may have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.