Tennessee dentist at heart of infection control investigations shuts down 1 practice

Knoxville, Tenn.-based dentist Clarence "Buzz" Nabers, DDS, who has previously made headlines for improperly sterilizing dental equipment, has sold one of his buildings and closed his practice located there, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Dr. Nabers purchased the four-story building in 2011 for $1.13 million and sold it in September for $2.8 million. A different dentist has leased the dental office space.

Dr. Nabers still operates a West Knoxville, Tenn.-based practice. In August 2019, the dentist was fined $11,000 and his license was placed on probation after the Tennessee Board of Dentistry found he improperly sterilized dental equipment and forged certification documents.

Consequently, the state required Dr. Nabers to inform patients of the infection control breaches, and three patients later filed a $50 million proposed class-action lawsuit against the dentist. The suit claims Dr. Nabers endangered thousands of patients by potentially exposing them to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

A judge denied Dr. Nabers' motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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