Medical license in temporary surrender

JOHNSTOWN — The New York State Department of Health last month placed into effect a temporary surrender of local pediatrician Dr. Richard A. Solby’s medical license.

Action was taken June 15 by the state’s Professional Medical Conduct Board. The state didn’t indicate how long the license surrender is in effect for or the reason.

According to the DOH website, Solby’s New York state license was “temporarily surrendered” pursuant to state Public Health Law Section 230.13. That section refers to “professional medical conduct,” but was not specified.

Solby, a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, maintains a practice at 110 Decker Drive in Johnstown. The practice is part of Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Pediatric Center. The Leader-Herald attempted through that office to try to contact him Wednesday, but a receptionist disconnected the phone call.

Solby’s name was noticeably absent from action taken by the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education at its July 2 organizational meeting. Solby has for the last several years served as the district’s school physician. The board instead appointed Dr. Lawrence Horowitz of Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville to that position for the 2018-19 school year.

Nathan Littauer Hospital Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Cheryl McGrattan couldn’t be reached Wednesday.

The hospital website states that Solby joined Nathan Littauer Hospital’s medical staff in 1997.

The 49-year-old Solby is an outspoken advocate for the prevention of childhood obesity.

Solby did his residency in pediatrics at the Winthrop-University Hospital Program in Mineola. He graduated from New York Medical College in 1994.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.