Corasanti receives clinical privileges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Just months after serving time for the hit-and-run accident that killed Alix Rice, Dr. James Corasanti is making it clear he plans to continue practice medicine.

The Amherst physician was convicted of common law DWI in the fatal accident on Heim Road that killed the 18-year-old girl. Prosecutors had sought a vehicular manslaughter conviction, but Corasanti’s lawyers successfully argued in court that because Corasanti did not know what he hit, he could not have fled the scene.

As a result of his trial, the State Legislature has moved to close the loophole in the law.

On Wednesday, Kaleida Health announced that Dr. Corasanti had applied for and received clinical privileges “that are consistent with his license to practice medicine.”

However, Kaleida made it clear that they have not hired Corasanti or retained him to provide clinical services. Being granted clinical privileges means Corasanti has permission to practice medicine in Kaleida Health facilities. Their full statement is below.

Dr. Corasanti  spent eight months behind bars. He was released mid-April.

Kaleida Health Statement:

“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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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