BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Two months after being released from jail for a misdemeanor DWI sentence related to the death of 18-year old Alexandria Rice, Dr. James Corasanti is resuming his practice of medicine.
In July 2011, the teenage girl was struck and killed by Dr. Corasanti's BMW as she rode a longboard down Heim Road in Amherst.
A jury acquitted the physician of all felony charges related to the death but convicted him of one count of common-law misdemeanor DWI.
Dr. Corasanti was sentenced to one-year in jail and was released after serving eight months for good behavior.
The following is a news release issued by Kaleida Health:
KALEIDA HEALTH STATEMENT REGARDING JAMES CORASANTI, MD
"Dr. Corasanti has applied for and has received clinical privileges that are consistent with his license to practice medicine. Kaleida Health has not hired him or retained him to provide clinical services.
"Like all physicians who are interested in practicing in our facilities, he went through this formal review process.
"His request for privileges first went through the Kaleida Health medical/dental staff's credentials committee, then to the medical executive committee and finally, to the Kaleida Health Board of Directors."
Dr. Corasanti, a former employee of the Buffalo Medical Group, was a practicing gastroenterologist and the medical director of the GI endoscopy unit at Buffalo General Medical Center until July 2011.
The clinical privileges allow Dr. Corasanti to use his private-practice to admit patients, perform procedures, and take part in surgery at Kaleida Health facilities.