November 4, 2011

The Virginia Board of Medicine (“Board”) is responsible for licensing and disciplining medical doctors and other specified medical providers in Virginia. The Board consists of 18 members: 11 medical doctors (MDs), 1 doctor of osteopathy (DO),  4 public members, and others. The Board meets every 4 months.

There were 33,915 physicians licensed in Virginia in 2010 (a decrease from 34,331 in 2009). The number of in-state Virginia physicians in 2010 was 20,225 (in 2009, there were 20,517).

The Board took a total of 189 actions involving physicians in 2010, which was down from 239 in 2009. The number of loss of license or licensed privileges in 2010 was 50 (there were 67 in 2009). There were 21 restriction of licenses or restrictions on licensed privileges in 2010 (in 2009, there were 31).


For the period from August 1, 2011 through October 30, 2011, there were 39 medical case decisions made public by the Board involving medical and surgical licenses. As an example of one of these medical case decisions, on July 26, 2011 the Board issued its Order that summarily suspended the medical license of a physician in Virginia who had been licensed since July 1, 1971. It had been alleged that the doctor had engaged in sexual conduct with two of his patients. The Board and the doctor entered into a Consent Order on August 11, 2011 in which the doctor agreed to the permanent surrender of his medical license. Source

A day later, on August 12, 2011, the Board entered an Order against a Virginia doctor who had been licensed to practice medicine since May 1, 1996. It was alleged that the doctor had prescribed narcotics to 20 different patients without taking adequate medical and substance abuse histories, without performing comprehensive examinations and pain assessments, failed to verify patients’ reports of past treatment with narcotics, and failed to utilize any monitoring tools such as pain management contracts, urine drug screens, or the prescription monitoring program. The Board found that the doctor did not have the requisite training to appropriately assess, treat, and manage chronic pain patients. As a result of its findings and conclusions of law, the Board revoked the doctor’s medical license in Virginia. Source

And in a third action taken by the Board during this period of time, a doctor who had been licensed to practice medicine in Virginia since June 28, 1968 agreed to an October 17, 2011 Consent Order in which the doctor agreed to permanently surrender his Virginia medical license. The allegations against the doctor involved his prescribing controlled substances (drugs) to his patients. Source

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