October 22, 2011

The State Medical Board of Ohio licenses and oversees the practice of medicine in Ohio. The Board is responsible to investigate complaints against applicants and licensees and to take disciplinary action against those who violate the public health and safety standards. Of the approximately 60,000 licensees regulated by the Board, about 40,000 are physicians. The Board receives about 3,900 complaints and takes approximately 180 disciplinary actions against licensees each year. For 2009, the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States ranked Ohio fourth for disciplinary sanctions imposed during calendar year 2008 (for medical boards with a minimum of 15,000 in-state physician licensees).

In its fiscal year 2009 Annual Report, the State Medical Board of Ohio reported that the total number of active medical doctor (MD) licenses for that fiscal year was 36,362, up from 35,871 during the previous fiscal year. In addition, there were 1,861 initial licenses issued to medical doctors during fiscal year 2009.

For the first six months of 2009, the Board issued a total of 105 sanctions against licensees, including 16 revocations, 31 indefinite suspensions, 7 definite suspensions, 25 probations, 10 licensure denials or withdrawals, 3 summary suspensions, 3 automatic suspensions, 4 immediate suspensions, and 1 reprimand.


Historically, the three top reasons for disciplinary action taken by the State Medical Board of Ohio have been impairment due to alcohol/chemical dependency or illness, criminal actions, and actions by other Boards or federal agencies.


As a recent, random example of one of the Board’s formal disciplinary actions taken against an Ohio doctor, on September 14, 2011, the Board revoked the medical license of a doctor who had been licensed in Ohio since 1997 and had been board-certified in internal medicine since 2010. The Board found in this particular case that the evidence against the doctor “overwhelmingly establishes that Doctor [name omitted] sexually abused seven of his patients. He demonstrated no remorse or sympathy even when he acknowledged that he had (supposedly inadvertently) caused them harm. Dr. [name omitted]’s conduct was predatory. For the sake of public safety, he should not be allowed to continue practicing medicine in Ohio.”  The Board’s decision was approved with only two abstentions by Board members. (The doctor has appealed the Board’s decision/order.)


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