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Medical licensing: Doctor's career at risk

Pennsylvania doctors keep a lot of records regarding patient care and treatments for adverse health conditions. If a patient requests a copy of his or her medical records and then claims that what's written is not what actually transpired, it could create a medical licensing problem for the doctor. This is one of the accusations that's been asserted against a doctor in another state, whose license has now been suspended.

This particular physician is an oncologist. A woman came to him when she wasn't feeling well, and a biopsy of her lung was ordered. Her lung collapsed and she was admitted to the hospital. Various tests were done that showed she had cancer in her lungs and abdomen.

She claims the doctor caring for her at the time did not properly inform her about her condition. She also says when she followed up with him to request chemotherapy (as she was apparently aware of the cancer in her lung but not her abdomen), the doctor procrastinated and would not give her a definite answer as to whether he would order the treatment. The woman eventually switched doctors, and she claims that the doctor who treated her initially grew very angry at this fact and demanded that she tell him the identity of her new doctor.

The woman wound up filing a complaint with the medical licensing board. She said when she went back to request a copy of her medical records at the first doctor's office, she was refused. The board suspended the doctor's license, listing various infractions against him. When a suspension takes place, a doctor's license may be further at risk for restriction or revocation, which is why most Pennsylvania doctors seek immediate assistance from experienced attorneys when facing such circumstances.

Source:, "Las Cruces cancer doctor gets license suspended," Diana Alba Soular, Aug. 2, 2017

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