Are Doctors with Revoked or Suspended Licenses in Other States Practicing Medicine in Your State?

Our Orlando Medical Malpractice Attorneys Explain

If a doctor has a license suspended or revoked in another state, does that mean that prevents him or her from practicing medicine in your state?  Maybe, maybe not.

The Charleston Gazette reported in February 2008 that John A. King, 49, an osteopathic physician who faced dozens of medical negligence lawsuits in West Virginia, now faces losing his medical license in Alabama.

The Alabama licensing Board is reviewing a medical negligence complaint that cites two medical negligence cases involving Dr. King. The incidences occurred in October and November of 2006 while King was working at a family clinic with two locations near Birmingham, Alabama. The clinic fired the doctor after he apparently overdosed two patients with the antihistamine Phenergran. One patient was left unconscious for more than a day. The second patient was overdosed by Dr. King when he prescribed a combination of drugs, Phenergan and Valium.

The Alabama Board indicated it wants to revoke the Dr. King’s license for, at a minimum,

  • “inadequate patient assessment”
  • “performing unjustified procedures”
  • “poor medical judgment and diagnostic acumen”

Additionally, the report states that the doctor failed to “appropriately communicate” with other physicians treating the same patient. The Alabama Board of Medicine has scheduled a hearing for May 28th and, at that time, will make an effort to revoke the medical license of Dr. King.

Dr. King was previously reprimanded by the Alabama Board of Medicine in 2006 for undisclosed licensing problems he had in four other states – West Virginia, Texas, New York and Michigan which he did not divulge in his application. The Alabama board concluded that King “committed fraud in applying for and procuring a license to practice medicine or osteopathy in the state of Alabama” and “made fraudulent and untrue statements” by not reporting these problems.

This same doctor, Dr. King, has surrendered or had his license suspended in nine other states in the past four years – West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Apparently, he still holds a license to practice medicine in Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York and Oklahoma.

The article reports that he also faces 121 medical malpractice suits in West Virginia for the time he worked at Putnam General Hospital, November 2002 through June 2003. All 121 lawsuits are now before the US District Judge in West Virginia.

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