AG Platkin: State Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes License of North Jersey Emergency Room Doctor Whose Alleged Conduct Resulted in a Patient’s Death in 2017

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2024

Office of the Attorney General
– Matthew J. Platkin, Attorney General
Division of Consumer Affairs
– Cari Fais, Acting Director
Division of Law
– Michael T.G. Long, Director

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Lisa Coryell

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TRENTON – Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that the State Board of Medical Examiners (“the Board”) has permanently revoked the medical license of a North Jersey emergency room doctor for alleged conduct that resulted in a patient’s death at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey, in 2017. The Board became aware of the incident when the patient’s mother filed a complaint against the physician in 2022.

Shar Kennett, an emergency medicine specialist in Wayne, New Jersey, agreed to the permanent revocation of her license to resolve allegations she engaged in gross negligence, gross malpractice, and gross incompetence which damaged the life, health, and welfare of a 20-year-old patient who died of respiratory arrest in the medical center’s emergency room.

According to the allegations against her, Kennett was on duty in the emergency room on June 29, 2017, when the young man, identified in Board documents as “Patient 1,” was brought in due to respiratory distress. His condition was labeled as urgent. Kennett allegedly failed to examine Patient 1 and did not order any diagnostic testing, despite his parents’ urgent requests for assistance. Patient 1 died that night.

“This is a heartbreaking case involving the death of a young man under circumstances that should never occur in a New Jersey emergency room,” said Attorney General Platkin. “As we extend our sympathies to this young man’s family, we are ensuring appropriate action is taken to hold this physician accountable and prevent this from ever happening again.”

“The alleged conduct of this physician demonstrates an appalling lack of professionalism and good judgement that pose a grave risk to those in her care,” said Cari Fais, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “I thank the Board for fulfilling its duty to protect the public by ensuring she will never again practice medicine in New Jersey.”

In an appearance before a Board evaluation committee in March 2023, Kennett denied that she had failed to examine Patient 1 and testified that she saw Patient 1 twice that night. Kennett acknowledged that she did not have any communication with Patient l’s parents or any emergency room staff following her examination and that she documented her evaluation hours later, after Patient 1 had died. Although Kennett claimed to have been under the impression that she had ordered diagnostic tests, she later acknowledged that this impression was mistaken and that she failed to order any diagnostic testing.

In addition to the allegations of gross negligence, malpractice, and incompetence, the Board also found that Kennett engaged in dishonesty, fraud, or deception when she falsely documented she had evaluated Patient 1 in a timely manner.

To resolve the allegations, Kennett entered into a consent order with the Board in which she agreed to retire her license to practice as a physician in New Jersey, with the retirement to be deemed a permanent revocation. The revocation is with prejudice, meaning Kennett is barred from applying for a license to practice medicine in New Jersey at any time in the future.

Additionally, under the terms of the final consent order, which was filed by the Board on March 27, 2024, Kennett is prohibited from charging, receiving, or sharing in any fee for professional services rendered by others in this state and is precluded from managing, overseeing, supervising, or influencing the practice of medicine or the provision of healthcare activities here, including testifying as an expert witness or serving as an expert consultant.

The State was represented in this matter by Deputy Attorney General Yudelka R. Felipe, under the supervision of Section Chief Doreen A. Hafner and Assistant Section Chief David M. Puteska, of the Professional Boards Prosecution Section, within the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Practice Group of the Division of Law.

Patients who believe that they have been treated by a licensed health care professional in an inappropriate manner can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.


The mission of the Division of Consumer Affairs, within the Department of Law and Public Safety, is to protect the public from fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, and professional misconduct in the sale of goods and services in New Jersey through education, advocacy, regulation, and enforcement. The Division pursues its mission through its 51 professional and occupational boards that oversee 720,000 licensees in the state, its Regulated Business section that oversees 60,000 NJ registered businesses, as well as through its Office of Consumer Protection, Bureau of Securities, Charities Registration section, Office of Weights and Measures, and Legalized Games of Chance section.


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