Crack-Smoking Doctor’s Medical License Suspended

162017_132140396847214_292624_nThere are not many things that scare us more than doctors high on drugs who treat patients when their professional judgment may be seriously clouded.

On July 1, 2013, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners summarily suspended the medical license of a Greenville, Tennessee medical doctor who had been licensed to practice medicine in Tennessee since 2002 and whose medical license did not expire until 2015. The doctor had operated his own internal medicine practice in Greenville, Tennessee. The investigation into the doctor’s alleged drug use began when a former employee of his medical practice claimed that her employment was terminated by the doctor when  she refused to smoke crack cocaine with him in between seeing patients in the office during May 2013.

An investigation undertaken by the Tennessee Department of Health determined that the doctor had smoked crack cocaine before seeing patients on May 13, 2013. The doctor was subsequently evicted from his apartment on May 23, 2013, after which he started staying in hotels in the Greenville, Tennessee area. During the early morning hours on June 3, 2013, the local police received a call regarding a break-in at the doctor’s medical office. The doctor called the police moments later stating that everything was ok and that they need not respond to the medical office, but the police responded anyway. At the medical office, the police observed a known drug abuser at the facility.

Two days later, a narcotics agent received a telephone call from the doctor’s former employee stating that the doctor had come to her apartment with cocaine in his possession with the intent of planting cocaine in her apartment. The narcotics agent and others responded to the woman’s apartment and interviewed the doctor there, who allegedly advised them that he had placed cocaine in a basket in the laundry room. The narcotics agent found 6.4 grams of cocaine in the laundry basket but the doctor was not arrested at that time.

On June 11, 2013, the police received a call from a local Greenville, Tennessee motel regarding suspicious activity in a room allegedly rented by the doctor. The police and the narcotics agent responded to the motel at which time the doctor denied that he had rented a room at the motel. The narcotics agent arrested the doctor at that time for the June 5, 2013 incident. A subsequent search of the motel room and the doctor’s car found drug paraphernalia, and crack cocaine and pipes were found in the doctor’s pocket. A further investigation determined that the doctor had purchased $2,000 worth of cocaine earlier that morning and that he had given three other individuals $200 to $300 worth of that cocaine.

On June 12, 2013, the doctor made an appearance in court at which time he was released after posting an $80,000 bond. He was scheduled for a further court appearance on July 29, 2013. The following day, the doctor was admitted to a health facility in Alabama. Around June 25, 2013, he checked himself out of the health facility after which he was arrested and jailed for violating the terms of his bond. As of July 1, 2013, the doctor remained jailed.

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