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Ohio doctor's license suspension offers cautionary tale

Complaints of sexual misconduct make up only a small fraction of complaints to Ohio's medical board, but a recent case has brought one complaint to the forefront. It's a cautionary tale for medical professionals to stay within appropriate bounds of doctor-patient relationships - or face having their professional licenses suspended.

The Dayton Daily News reported recently that a family doctor practicing in Greenville had his license suspended after the state medical board determined he'd had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a patient whose husband was also a patient of his. The newspaper's investigation also revealed that said the doctor wasn't following state laws requiring doctors to track certain prescriptions for opioids.

Less than one in five complaints of sexual misconduct by doctors lead to disciplinary action, the Dayton Daily News reported. But, as this case reveals, the consequences can be pretty severe. This doctor won't be able to practice medicine for at least two years. After that, he'll be able to reapply for a license, provided he completes certain training courses, including one on doctor-patient boundaries.

Of course, he still can appeal the board's decision, but with this decision already reported on in the news, it's likely his reputation could suffer regardless.

This case is an important reminder that if you are accused of sexual misconduct, your professional license, your livelihood and your reputation are all at risk. If you receive a notice from the state medical board that your license could be in jeopardy, it's important to consult an attorney as soon as possible.

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