UCSD Neurosurgeon Accused of Using Marijuana on Job

A UC San Diego neurosurgeon has been accused of using marijuana while on the job.

The Medical Board of California has filed a complaint against Dr. Gunjan Goel, alleging she practiced medicine while under the influence of marijuana and that “she uses it daily, while at work, and on call,” according to court documents.

The complaint filed Aug. 26 says the medical board first received a complaint about Goel in May 2014.

In January 2015, a state investigator approached Goel in the parking lot of her apartment complex. When the investigator asked her for a hair sample, Goel admitted that she sometimes consumes marijuana on her days off.

In a subsequent interview with an investigator, Goel admitted to using marijuana on three to four occasions between July and December of 2014.

She said she didn’t have a medical marijuana card.

The medical board accused her of “repeatedly” possessing a controlled substance and engaging in unprofessional conduct.

Attempts by NBC 7 to reach Goel on Thursday evening were unsuccessful. A representative for UC San Diego declined comment, saying it’s still just an accusation.

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