October 23, 2011

The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners is responsible for licensing physicians, physician assistants, respiratory assistants, and perfusionists in the State of Nevada. The Board is also responsible for investigating complaints against licensees in Nevada through its two Investigative Committees made up of two physician Board members and a public member of the Board that administer the disciplinary activities of the Board, and the Board also has its License Application and Malpractice Review Panel that is charged with reviewing applications.

The Board’s 2010 Annual Report reported that the Board had opened 775 investigations, closed 923 investigations that included many that originated in prior years, and imposed 37 disciplinary actions in 36 matters against medical doctors, including 1 revocation, 3 suspensions, 4 probations, and 29 categorized as “other,” during 2010. The total disciplinary actions against medical doctors have risen each year since 2004. The rate of disciplinary actions against medical doctors was 5.7 per 1,000 active licensees in 2010; the rate of disciplinary actions against medical doctors has risen each year since 2004. The rate for active-status, in-state licensed medical doctors for 2010 was 8 per 1,000.

In 2010, the Board issued 437 new licenses to medical doctors. From 1993 through 2003, the ratio of  medical doctors to 100,000 population averaged between 153 and 161. In 2008, the ratio increased to 164; in 2009, the ratio increased to 166; and, in 2010, the ratio increased to 170.

The total actively licensed physicians in Nevada in 2010 was 6,516 (4,628 in-state), up from 6,086 in 2009 (4,509 in-state). The number of physician assistants also increased between 2009 and 2010, by 6.7% (from 446 to 476). The number of respiratory therapists increased from 1,037 in 2009 to 1,140 in 2010 (an increase of 10%). There were 26 active status perfusionists in Nevada in 2010 (a law in Nevada required that perfusionists be licensed beginning in 2010; prior to 2010, perfusionists were not licensed by the Board).


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