State reprimands cardiologist for performing surgery after testing positive for COVID

CRANSTON cardiologist Dr. Malcom Kirk has been reprimanded by the state for performing surgery in January, a day after he tested positive for COVID-19. He'll pay $1,100 in administrative fees. He conducts surgeries at Rhode Island Hospital. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL

PROVIDENCE – A Cranston cardiologist has been reprimanded by state health officials for performing an operation after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Malcom Kirk has agreed to pay $1,100 in administrative fees after he admitted to The Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline in May that he conducted the surgery on Jan. 12 after learning he had tested positive for coronavirus on Jan. 11. 

The board reprimanded Kirk for violating both state and federal COVID-19 quarantine guidelines, according to the consent order. He must pay the $1,100 to the state within three months.

The board also holds the right for future discipline if the terms of the consent order are violated.

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Kirk was issued a license to practice medicine in the state in July 2022. He currently has privileges to perform surgeries at Rhode Island Hospital. 

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