December 11, 2011

The Oregon Medical Board’s stated mission is to protect the health, safety, and well being of Oregon citizens by regulating the practice of medicine in a manner that promotes quality care. As of August 11, 2011, there were a total of 14,205 medical doctors (MDs), of which 11,015 were active, and  971 doctors of osteopathy (DOs), of which 759 were active, in Oregon.

With regard to medical specialties, 4,408 of the MDs in Oregon were family practitioners, 1,252 were in general practice, 1,899 were general surgeons, 2,267 were in emergency medicine, 1,513 were in diagnostic radiology, 1,932 were in obstetrics and gynecology, 1,474 were orthopedic surgeons, 2,362 were pediatricians, 1,242 were opthamologists, 727 were neurologists, 1,975 were psychiatrists, and 6,562 were internists.


Between April 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011 (the most recent information available), the Oregon Medical Board received reports of 38 closed medical malpractice claims for medical doctors.

For the period from January 1, 2011 through March 31, 2011, the Oregion Medical Board received reports of 29 closed medical malpractice claims for medical doctors.

From October 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, the Oregon Medical Board received reports of 20 closed medical malpractice claims for medical doctors.

Between July 1, 2010 and September 30, 2010, the Oregon Medical Board received reports of 22 closed medical malpractice claims for medical doctors.

Hence, there were a total of 109 closed medical malpractice claims for medical doctors reported to the Oregon Medical Board for the one-year period ending June 30, 2011. Since the most recent numbers indicate that there are 11,015 active MDs licensed in Oregon, it appears that 1% of Oregon active medical doctors are involved in closed medical malpractice claims on a yearly basis.


The Oregon Medical Board publishes a quarterly Report that includes summaries of Board actions against Oregon doctors that include Orders for Emergency Suspension for licensees for whom the Board has concern for the safety and welfare of the licensees’ current and future patients, Automatic Suspensions for licensees’ failure to pay child support, and Final Orders for unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, impairment, fraud, or misrepresentation in  applying for licensure, disciplinary action by another state, willful violation of Board statute, rule, order, or request, etc. To view the Board’s Summer 2011 Report, click here.

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