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STATE REVOKES MEDICAL LICENSE OF HAMBURG OPHTHALMOLOGIST

The state has revoked the medical license of a Hamburg ophthalmologist and fined him $156,000, saying he performed laser surgery on patients who didn't need it.

The fine against Dr. Paul J. Steckmeyer is one of the largest imposed by the state Board for Professional Medical Conduct and could climb even higher, according to Kristine Smith, spokeswoman for the Health Department.

A hearing committee sustained 52 specifications of medical misconduct against Steckmeyer related to the care of eight patients between 1990 and 1996, including gross negligence, gross incompetence, excessive treatment, fraud and moral unfitness.

Steckmeyer, 55, who has transferred his practice to another physician, also worked out of an office in Dunkirk and performed procedures at Lake Shore Hospital in Irving.

He took issue with the state's action but declined to elaborate.

"I deny the validity of the state's determination," he said. "My attorney has advised me not to comment further."

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