Michael Belfiore: “Drug Dealer” Convicted of Causing Two Patient Deaths

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Michael Vincent Belfiore, DO is a doctor who practiced in Merrick, NY. He was convicted of causing deaths of two patients and illegally distributing oxycodone.

United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said, “Dr. Belfiore was acting not as a healer, but as a drug dealer with a prescription pad.”

Belfiore’s victims were Edward Martin and John Ubaghs, who each died of oxycodone overdose in 2013. Ubaghs was a member of the US Marine Corps and an Iraq war veteran. The Department of Justice also said that Belfiore “created fake medical charts” to justify unnecessary prescriptions of oxycodone.

Victims Edward Martin, 43 and  
John Ubaghs, 32

Belfiore’s victims: Edward Martin, 42 and
John Ubaghs, 32

Michael Belfiore’s name has been listed on the web site of the pseudoscience organization ILADS. He has also been listed as a member of the pseudoscience groups American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine (A4M) and American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).

Belfiore’s web site advertised many strange and unproven therapies, including chelation, IV vitamins, and bioidentical hormones.


New York Board for Professional Medical Conduct: Michael Belfiore Interim Order

The Patient Safety League: Dr. Michael Belfiore

DEA: Dr. Michael Belfiore Of Merrick, New York Indicted In Overdose Deaths Of Two Young Men

Department of Justice: Long Island Doctor Convicted of Causing the Overdose Deaths of Two Patients and Illegally Distributing Oxycodone

Long Island Herald: Merrick doctor now charged in two overdose deaths

Long Island Herald: Trial for doctor linked to Glen Cove overdose begins

Long Island Herald: Attorney defends his work representing convicted Merrick doctor

Long Island Herald: Merrick doctor convicted on 26 opioid, two overdose death charges

Long Island Herald: Convicted Merrick doctor’s office shutters

Long Island Herald: Convicted Merrick doctor wants new trial or plea deal

Newsday: Doctor with Merrick practice convicted in two overdose deaths