It has been reported that the newly hired Executive Director of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure (“Board”), which has jurisdiction over Medical Doctors (M.D.s), Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.s), Podiatrists (D.P.M.s), Physician Assistants (P.A.s), Radiology Assistants (R.A.s) and Acupuncturists (L.Ac.s), and investigates complaints against those medical professionals and may take disciplinary action against them as a result, faced 12 medical malpractice claims against him during his years in practice as a physician in Mississippi, at least two of which were settled (others were dismissed). However, the new Executive Director has no disciplinary history with the Board.
The new Executive Director is presently the CEO and a physician at a medical spa that promotes weight loss and cosmetic non-surgical procedures. He had voluntarily resigned his admitting privileges at two Mississippi hospitals in 2011, the same year two of his patients reportedly filed complaints against him that were subsequently settled. The reason given for his voluntary resignation of his hospital admitting privileges was that he had back problems that caused numbness in his extremities that made it difficult for him to stand for long periods of time. He reported that he was advised by his own physician that it was best for him to avoid situations where he had to stand for long periods of time.
The President of the Board reportedly stated that the Board was aware of the new Executive Director’s history of Mississippi medical malpractice claims but nonetheless determined that the new Executive Director was the best of the eleven candidates who applied for the position that pays $200,000 per year. The President of the Board stated, “We think he’s going to do a good job. He’s qualified. He’s a nice guy with a good personality and medical knowledge, which is what we were looking for.”
The Board had fired its last Executive Director without giving a reason for the termination other than it “just didn’t work out.” The prior Executive Director apparently ruffled the feathers of the Board members by making changes such as increasing the transparency in disciplining doctors and advising Board members that they had to make public so-called “non public letters of concern” issued to doctors by the Board in response to complaints received by the Board, instead of taking official Board action against those doctors. The former Executive Director reportedly stated that “the board has deep, irremediable conflict of interest” because the Board members are nominated by the Mississippi State Medical Association, which consists of doctors who are regulated by the Board.
Perhaps the Board’s hiring a new Executive Director that it considers to be “a nice guy” goes against the old adage that “good guys finish last.”
If you or a loved one may be the victim of medical negligence in Mississippi or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a Mississippi medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
Visit our website or call us toll-free in the United States at 800-295-3959 to be connected with medical malpractice attorneys in your state who may assist you.
Turn to us when you don’t know where to turn.