ZIMMERLY v. Craig L. Smestad, s/h/a Craig L. Smestat, respondent.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

Margaret ZIMMERLY, etc., appellant, v. GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL, defendant, Craig L. Smestad, s/h/a Craig L. Smestat, respondent.

Decided: May 24, 1999

GUY JAMES MANGANO, P.J., FRED T. SANTUCCI, GABRIEL M. KRAUSMAN, ANITA R. FLORIO and HOWARD MILLER, JJ. Reilly, Like, Tenety, Ambrosino & Vetri, Babylon, N.Y., for appellant. Kral, Clerkin, Redmond, Ryan, Perry & Girvan, Mineola, N.Y. (Anne M. Gremillot of counsel), for respondent Craig L. Smestad s/h/a Craig L. Smestat.

In an action to recover damages for medical malpractice, the plaintiff appeals from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Cannavo, J.), entered May 27, 1998, which, upon a prior order granting the motion of the defendant Craig L. Smestad, s/h/a Craig L. Smestat, for summary judgment, dismissed the complaint insofar as asserted against that defendant.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, with costs.

 The Supreme Court properly granted the motion of the defendant Craig L. Smestad, s/h/a Craig L. Smestat (hereinafter Dr. Smestad) for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.  “[I]t is generally recognized that liability for medical malpractice may not be imposed in the absence of a physician-patient relationship” (Megally v. LaPorta, 253 A.D.2d 35, 40, 679 N.Y.S.2d 649;  see, Finnegan v. Devries, 235 A.D.2d 454, 652 N.Y.S.2d 625;  Ellis v. Peter, 211 A.D.2d 353, 355, 627 N.Y.S.2d 707;  Lee v. City of New York, 162 A.D.2d 34, 36, 560 N.Y.S.2d 700).   Such a relationship “is created when the professional services of a physician are rendered to and accepted by another for the purposes of medical or surgical treatment” (Lee v. City of New York, supra;  see, Miller v. Sullivan, 214 A.D.2d 822, 823, 625 N.Y.S.2d 102).

In the instant case, Dr. Smestad established that there was no physician-patient relationship between himself and the decedent and, accordingly, that he was entitled to judgment as a matter of law (see, Leon v. Southside Hosp., 227 A.D.2d 384, 385, 642 N.Y.S.2d 72;  Ingber v. Kandler, 128 A.D.2d 591, 513 N.Y.S.2d 11).   In opposition to Dr. Smestad's motion, the plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact.

The plaintiff's remaining contentions are without merit.


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