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Checking Up On or Filing Complaints About Physicians

When utilizing services from physicians, whether in hospice or elsewhere, you may wish to find out what kind of record the physician has. While settlements with insurance companies do not necessarily reflect the real character of a physician's practice, disciplinary actions taken by a state Medical Board may be taken quite seriously. Settlements to resolve malpractice claims may be done at the insistence of a physician's insurance carrier and may not reflect wrongdoing at all, because insurance companies will pressure a physician to settle, if the cost of settling is less than the cost of going to trial. Physicians are not pleased with this practice, but it is what insurance companies often do, even when the physician is completely innocent of any wrongdoing.

You may wish to check on a physician's record or file a complaint with a state Medical Board. If you experience very serious problems with a physician's treatment of your loved one, you should consult an attorney who specializes in medical cases and file a complaint with the state Medical Board that reviews such cases. We provide addresses of state medical boards below. Problems that are not that serious can be handled by speaking with the physician directly and providing feedback as to the care given.






Agencies responsible for licensing physicians in 40 states and the District of Columbia provide the names of doctors they discipline on their Web sites. The amount of information disclosed varies from state to state, as does the frequency of updates. Some state medical boards that name disciplined physicians on their Web sites still require consumers to contact the agencies directly to receive specific information about the misconduct.

The 10 states that provide no information over the Internet about doctors disciplined by their licensing boards are Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Medical boards in California, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts and Tennessee also provide data on their Web sites about malpractice claims paid by physicians in their states. California, Florida, Idaho and Massachusetts also report disciplinary actions hospitals take against doctors.

Source: Associated Press








Addresses of State Medical Boards



Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners
Larry D. Dixon, Executive Administrator
P.O. Box 946
Montgomery, AL 36101-0946
(street address: 848 Washington Ave., 36104)
(334) 242-4116 / Fax:(334) 242-4155
(800) 227-2606
www.albme.org

Alaska State Medical Board
Leslie G. Abel, Executive Secretary
3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage, AK 99503-5986
(907) 269-8160 / Fax:(907) 269-8156
http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pmed.htm

Arizona Board of Medical Examiners
Claudia Foutz, Executive Director
9545 East Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ  85258
(480) 551-2700 / Fax: (480) 551-2704
www.bomex.org

Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery
Ann Marie Berger, Executive Director
9535 East Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-5539
(480) 657-7703 Fax (480) 657-7715
www.azosteoboard.org

Arkansas State Medical Board
Peggy P. Cryer, Executive Secretary
2100 Riverfront Dr., Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72202-1793
(501) 296-1802 / Fax:(501) 296-1805

Medical Board of California
Ronald Joseph, Executive Director
1426 Howe Ave., Suite 54
Sacramento, CA 95825-3236
(916) 263-2389 / Fax:(916) 263-2387
(800) 633-2322
www.medbd.ca.gov

Osteopathic Medical Board of California
Linda J. Bergmann, Executive Director
2720 Gateway Oaks Dr., Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95833-3500
(916) 263-3100 / Fax:(916) 263-3117
www.docboard.org

Colorado Board of Medical Examiners
Susan Miller, Program Administrator
1560 Broadway, Suite 1300
Denver, CO 80202-5140
(303) 894-7690 / Fax:(303) 894-7692
www.dora.state.co.us/medical

Connecticut Medical Examining Board
Jeff Kardys, Board Liaison
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
(street address 410 Capitol Ave. MS13PHO)
(860) 509-7648 / Fax:(860) 509-7553
Licensing Information,(860) 509-7563

Delaware Board of Medical Practice
Douglas J. Reed, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1401
Dover, DE 19903
(street address: 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Cannon Building, Suite 203, 19904)
(302) 739-4522 / Fax:(302) 739-2711

District of Columbia Board of Medicine
James R. Granger, Jr., Executive Director
825 North Capital Street, NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-9200/ Fax: (202) 442-9431
www.dchealth.com

Florida Board of Medicine
Tanya J. Williams, Executive Director
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN #C03
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1753
(850) 245-4131/ Fax:(850) 922-3040
www.doh.state.fl.us

Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine
William H. "Bill" Buckhalt, Executive Director
2020 Capital Circle, SE, BIN #C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3253
(street address: Northwood Centre, 1940 N. Monroe St., 32399-0757)
(850) 488-0595 / Fax:(850) 487-9874
www.doh.state.fl.us

Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners
Karen Mason, Executive Director
2 Peachtree Street, NW, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3465
(404) 656-3913 / Fax:(404) 656-9723
www.sos.state.ga.us/EBD/

Guam Board of Medical Examiners
Teofila P. Cruz, Administrator
Health Professional Licensing Office
P.O. Box 2816
Hagatna, GU 96932
(011) 671-475-0251 / Fax:(011) 671-477-4733


Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners
Constance Cabral-Makanani, Executive Officer
Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(street address: 1010 Richards St., 96813)
(808) 586-3000 / Fax:(808) 586-2874
www.state.hi.us

Idaho State Board of Medicine
Darleene Thorsted, Executive Director

Statehouse mail
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0058
(street address: 1755 Westgate Drive, Suite 140, 83704)
(208) 327-7000 / Fax:(208) 327-7005
www.idacare.org

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
Leonard Sherman, Director
(Discipline)
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St., 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-4500 / Fax:(312) 814-1837

Alicia Purchase, Board Liaison
(Licensure)

320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
(217) 785-0800 / Fax:(217) 524-2169
www.dpr.state.il.us

Indiana Health Professions Bureau
Beth Anne Compton, J.D., Executive Director
402 W. Washington St., Room 041
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-2960 / Fax:(317) 233-4236 
www.ai.org/hpb

Iowa State Board of Medical Examiners
Ann Mowery, Ph.D., Executive Director
400 Southwest Eighth Street, Suite C
Des Moines, IA 50309-4686
(515) 281-5171 / Fax:(515) 242-5908
www.docboard.org

Kansas Board of Healing Arts
Lawrence Buening, Jr., J.D., Executive Director
235 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66603-3068
(785) 296-7413 / Fax:(785) 296-0852
www.ink.org/public/boha

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
C. William Schmidt, Executive Director
Hurstbourne Office Park
310 Whittington Parkway, Suite 1B
Louisville, KY 40222-4916
(502) 429-8046 / Fax:(502) 429-9923
www.state.ky.us/agencies/kbml

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
Virginia G. Benoist, J.D., Executive Director
P.O. Box 30250
New Orleans, LA 70190-0250
(street address: 630 Camp St., 70130)
(504) 524-6763 / Fax:(504) 568-8893
www.lsbme.org

Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine
Randal C. Manning, Executive Director
137 State House Station (U.S. mail)
2 Bangor Street, 2nd Floor (delivery service)
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-3601 / Fax:(207) 287-6590
www.docboard.org/me/me_home.htm

Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure
Susan E. Strout, Executive Director
142 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0142
(207) 287-2480 (207) 287-3015
www.docboard.org/me-osteo


Maryland Board of Physicians
C. Irving Pinder, Jr., Executive Director
4201 Patterson Avenue, 4th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
410-764-4777 Fax: 410-358-2252
1-800-492-6836
www.mbp.state.md.us

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
Nancy Achin Sullivan, Executive Director
10 West St., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 727-3086 / Fax:(617) 451-9568
(800) 377-0550
www.massmedboard.org

Michigan Board of Medicine
Melanie Brim, Licensing Director
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909-7518
(street address: 611 W. Ottawa St, 1st floor, 48933
(517) 373-6873 / Fax:(517) 373-2179
www.cis.state.mi.us/bhser

Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Melanie Brim, Licensing Director
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909-7518
(street address: 611 W. Ottawa St, 1st floor, 48933
(517) 373-6873 / Fax:(517) 373-2179
www.cis.state.mi.us/bhser

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
Robert A. Leach, J.D., Executive Director
University Park Plaza
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3246
(612) 617-2130 / Fax:(612) 617-2166
Hearing impaired 1-800-627-3529
www.bmp.state.mn.us


Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure
W. Joseph Burnett, M.D., Director
1867 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite 200B
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 987-3079 / Fax:(601) 987-4159
www.msbml.state.ms.us

Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
Tina M. Steinman, Executive Director
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(street address: 3605 Missouri Blvd., 65109)
(573) 751-0098 / Fax:(573) 751-3166
www.ecodev.state.mo.us/pr/healarts/

Montana Board of Medical Examiners
Charlene Norris, J.D., Executive Director
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
(street address: 301 S. Park Ave., 4th floor)
(406) 444-4284 / Fax: (406) 841-2363
http://commerce.state.mt.us/LICENSE/pol/pol_boards/med_board/contacts.htm   

Nebraska Health and Human Services, Regulation and Licensure Credentialing Division
Becky Wisell, Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
(street address: 301 Centennial Mall South, 68508)
(402) 471-2118 / Fax:(402) 471-3577
www.hhs.state.ne.us/

Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners
Larry D. Lessly, J.D., Executive Director
P.O. Box 7238
Reno, NV 89510
(street address: 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 301, 89502)
(702) 688-2559 / Fax:(702) 688-2321
www.state.nv.us/medical

Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
Thomas C. Lindsay, III, Director of Licensing
2950 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite E-3
Las Vegas, NV 89121-5208
(702) 732-2147 / Fax:(702) 732-2079

New Hampshire Board of Medicine
Penny Taylor, Acting Administrator
2 Industrial Park Drive, Suite 8
Concord, NH 03301-8520
(603) 271-1203 / Fax:(603) 271-6702
complaints (800) 780-4757
www.state.nh.us/medicine

New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners
William V. Roeder, Executive Director
P.O. Box 183
Trenton, NJ 08608
(street address: 140 E. Front Street, 2nd Floor, 08608)
(609) 826-7100 / Fax:(609) 984-3930
www.state.nj.us

New Mexico State Board of Medical Examiners
Charlotte Kinney, Executive Director
Lamy Building, 2nd Floor
491 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 827-5022 / Fax:(505) 827-7377

New Mexico Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners
Liz Z. Montoya, Executive Director
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504
(street address: 2055 S. Pacheco, Suite 400)
(505) 476-7120 / Fax:(505) 827-7095
www.state.nm.us/rld

New York State Board for Medicine (Licensure)
Thomas J. Monahan, Executive Secretary
Cultural Education Center, Room 3023
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-3841 / Fax:(518) 486-4846
www.op.nysed.gov

New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (Discipline)
Dennis J. Graziano, Executive Director
New York State Dept. of Health
Office of Professional Medical Conduct
433 River St., Suite 303
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 402-0855 / Fax:(518) 402-0866
www.health.state.ny.us/

North Carolina Medical Board
Andrew W. Watry, M.P.A., Executive Director
P.O. Box 20007
Raleigh, NC 27619-0007
(street address: 1201 Front Street, 27609)
(919) 326-1100 / Fax:(919) 326-1130
www.docboard.org

North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners
Rolf P. Sletten, JD, Executive Secretary/Treasurer
City Center Plaza
418 E. Broadway, Suite 12
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 328-6500 / Fax:(701) 328-6505
www.ndbomex.com

State Medical Board of Ohio
Thomas A. Dilling, Executive Director
77 S. High St., 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43266-0315 (for Fed Ex delivery use zip 43215)
(614) 466-3934 / Fax:(614) 728-5946
(800) 554-7717
www.state.oh.us/med/

Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
Lyle Kelsey, C.A.E., Executive Director
P.O. Box 18256
Oklahoma City, OK 73154-0256
(street address 5104 N. Francis, Suite C, 73118)
(405) 848-6841 / Fax:(405) 848-8240
(800) 381-4519
www.osbmls.state.ok.us

Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners
Gary R. Clark, Executive Director
4848 N. Lincoln Blvd, Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3321
(405) 528-8625 / Fax:(405) 557-0653
www.docboard.org

Oregon Board of Medical Examiners
Kathleen Haley, J.D., Executive Director
620 Crown Plaza
1500 SW First Avenue
Portland, OR 97201-5826
(503) 229-5770 / Fax:(503) 229-6543
www.bme.state.or.us

Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
Cindy L. Warner, Administrator
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
124 Pine Street, 17101
(717) 787-2381 / Fax:(717) 787-7769
www.dos.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
Gina K. Bittner, Administrator
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
(street address: 124 Pine St., 17101)
(717) 783-4858 / Fax:(717) 787-7769
www.dos.state.pa.us

Board of Medical Examiners of Puerto Rico
Ivonne Fernandez Colon, Executive Director
P.O. Box 13969
San Juan, PR 00908
(street address: Kennedy Avenue, ILA Building, Hogar del Obrero Portuario, Piso 8, Puerto Nuevo, 00920)
(787) 782-8989 / Fax:(787) 782-8733

Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
Milton W. Hamolosky, M.D., Chief Officer
Dept. of Health
Cannon Building, Room 205
Three Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
(401) 222-3855 / Fax:(401) 222-2158
www.docboard.org/ri/main.htm

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Board of Medical Examiners
John Volmer, interim Board Administrator
P.O. Box 11289
Columbia, SC 29211-1289
(street address: 110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202, 29210)
(803) 896-4500 / Fax:(803) 896-4515
www.llr.state.sc.us./me.htm

South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
L. Paul Jensen, Executive Secretary
1323 S. Minnesota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 334-8343 / Fax:(605) 336-0270

Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners
James Roth, M.D., Acting Executive Director
1st Floor, Cordell Hull Building
425 5th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37247-1010
(615) 532-4384 / Fax:(615) 532-5369
www.state.tn.us/health

Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examiners
James Roth, M.D., Acting Executive Director
425 5th Ave. North
1st Floor, Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, TN 37247-1010 (37219 Fed Ex zip code)
(615) 532-4384/ Fax:(615) 532-5369
(888) 310-4650
www.state.tn.us/health

Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
Frank "Skip" M. Langley, D.V.M., M.D., J.D, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2018
Austin, TX 78768-2018
(street address: 333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 630, 78701
(512) 305-7010/Fax: (512) 305-7008
Disciplinary Hotline (800) 248-4062


Consumer Complaint Hotline (800) 201-9353
www.tsbme.state.tx.us

Utah Department of Commerce
Div. of Occupational & Professional Licensure
Gary Bowen, Division Director
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
(street address: Heber M. Wells Building, 4th Floor, 160 E 300 South, 84102)
(801) 530-6628 / Fax:(801) 530-6511
www.commerce.state.ut.us

Utah Department of Commerce
Div. of Occupational & Professional Licensure
Board of Osteopathic Medicine
Daniel T. Jones, Bureau Manager
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
(street address: Heber M. Wells Building, 4th Floor, 160 E 300 South, 84102)
(801) 530-6628 / Fax:(801) 530-6511
www.commerce.state.ut.us/dopl/dopl1/.htm

Vermont Board of Medical Practice
Gloria J. Hurd, Executive Director
109 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
(802) 828-2673 / Fax:(802) 828-5450
www.docboard.org/vt/vermont.htm

Vermont Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
Rita Knapp, Executive Director
26 Terrace Street, Drawer 09
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
(802) 828-2373 / Fax:(802) 828-2465
www.sec.state.vt.us

Virgin Islands Board of Medical Examiners
Lydia Scott, Executive Director
Virgin Islands Dept. of Health
48 Sugar Estate
St. Thomas, VI 00802
(340) 774-0117/ Fax:(340) 777-4001

Virginia Board of Medicine
William L. Harp, MD, Executive Director
6606 W. Broad St., 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23230-1717
(804) 662-9908 / Fax:(804) 662-9517
www.dhp.state.va.us/

Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission
Bonnie L. King, Executive Director
P.O. Box 47866
Olympia, WA 98504-7866
(street address: 1300 SE Quince Street, 98501)
(360) 236-4800 / Fax:(360) 586-4573
www.doh.wa.gov

Washington State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Robert Nicoloff, Executive Director
P.O Box 47870
Olympia, WA 98504-7866
(street address: 1300 SE Quince Street, 98501)
(360) 236-4943 / Fax:(360) 586-0745
www.doh.wa.gov

West Virginia Board of Medicine
Ronald D. Walton, Executive Director
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 558-2921 / Fax:(304) 558-2084
www.wvdhhr.org/wvbom

West Virginia Board of Osteopathy
Joseph E. Schreiber, D.O., Secretary
334 Penco Rd.
Weirton, WV 26062
(304) 723-4638 / Fax:(304) 723-2877

Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
Patrick D. Braatz, Division Administrator
Dept. of Regulation & Licensing
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(street address: 1400 E. Washington Ave., 53703)
(608) 266-2112 / Fax:(608) 267-0644
http://badger.state.wi.us

Wyoming Board of Medicine
Carole Shotwell, J.D., Executive Secretary
211 W. 19th St., Colony Bldg., 2nd floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 778-7053 / Fax:(307) 778-2069







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