SPECIAL TREATMENT: Disciplining Doctors
A Washington Post Investigation
Medical Boards Let Physicians Practice Despite Drug Abuse, April 10, 2005
Over the past 20 years, John F. Pholeric Jr. struggled on and off with cocaine addiction, cycled in and out of rehab and was convicted of a felony. During that time, he also practiced medicine.
After Stealing Drugs, Doctor Goes to Rehab, April 10, 2005
When medical boards are faced with how to handle substance-abusing doctors, they often use rehabilitation as a substitute for discipline. In the Washington area and across the country, physicians who test positive for drug or alcohol abuse are monitored, and sometimes they must agree to therapy or other steps. But rarely are they banned from practicing.
D.C. Board Rarely Punishes Physicians, April 11, 2005
For more than seven years, the D.C. Board of Medicine knew that something was amiss with Jewel A. Quinn's medical practice.
Despite Deaths, D.C. License Upheld, April 11, 2005
Two years after OB-GYN Gideon M. Kioko was found by the Maryland medical board to have mishandled abortions in 1989, he surrendered his license, which allowed him to avoid punishment. In one case, the patient died three days after the abortion; in the second, the woman suffered brain damage and died three years later. He petitioned the board for reinstatement a year later but was turned down. Nearly six years passed before the board restored his license -- with conditions.
Poor Performance Records Are Easily Outdistanced, April 12, 2005
Gwyneth Vives was excited about becoming a mother for the first time at age 36. She shopped for baby outfits, attended birthing classes and painted moons and stars on the nursery ceiling for the infant she and her husband would name Alex.
A Track Record of Lies And of Job Dismissals, April 12, 2005
Physician Mahmoud Nemazee has had career problems over the past 18 years, but he has always resurrected himself by moving on -- to a new job in a new place.
Red Flags About Md. Man Ignored, April 12, 2005
Obstetrician-gynecologist Jeffrey M. Levitt needed a job, and Stuttgart, Ark., needed an OB-GYN. So the country town about an hour southeast of Little Rock was prepared to overlook the warning signs.
Multiple State Licenses Helped Shield History, April 12, 2005
After physician Joseph S. Hayes was charged in 1999 with fondling female patients -- but before he was convicted -- he simply pulled out a different state license and moved. He left Tennessee and got a job at a wellness center in South Carolina, where he had held a license since 1973.
More From the Series
Editorial: Disciplining Doctors, April 14, 2005
D.C. Council Hearing Planned on Oversight of Doctors, April 14, 2005
D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) has scheduled a hearing next month to consider the performance of the Board of Medicine and its oversight of the city's doctors.
D.C. Plans Greater Physician Oversight, May 24, 2005
District lawmakers said yesterday that they will beef up the staff that investigates medical complaints and processes licenses in an effort to strengthen discipline and oversight of doctors and other health care providers.
D.C. Health Dept. Building Public Log of Physician Discipline, Feb. 12, 2006
The D.C. Health Department has begun publishing online the disciplinary action its medical board takes against physicians.