State ex rel. Oklahoma State Bd. of Medical Licensure and Supervision v. Ray

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State ex rel. Oklahoma State Bd. of Medical Licensure and Supervision v. Ray
1992 OK CIV APP 167
848 P.2d 46
64 OBJ 692
Case Number: 78065
Decided: 12/08/1992

STATE OF OKLAHOMA, EX REL. OKLAHOMA STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE AND SUPERVISION, APPELLEE,
v.
ARLES GAREL RAY, M.D., MEDICAL LICENSE NUMBER 11310, APPELLANT.

Appeal from an Order of the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

AFFIRMED.

Charles Peters Seger, Oklahoma City, for appellant.
Daniel J. Gamino, Daniel J. Gamino & Associates, P.C., Oklahoma City, for appellee.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

BAILEY, Presiding Judge

¶1 Appellant, Arles Garel Ray, M.D. (Doctor), seeks review of an order of the Appellee, Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (Board), imposing discipline. Herein, Doctor asserts no competent evidence supporting the Board's action.

¶2 Doctor, licensed to practice medicine in Oklahoma, applied for a medical license in Florida. After hearing, the Florida state medical licensing authority denied Doctor's application.

¶4 At hearing before Board, Director adduced uncontroverted evidence of Doctor's prescription of drugs without establishment of the doctor/patient relationship and/or examination, and produced a copy of the order denying Doctor's Florida application. Doctor denied drug/alcohol abuse problems. Based on the uncontroverted evidence and denial of his Florida license application, Board suspended Doctor from practice for two months, and placed Doctor on supervised probation for five years. Doctor moved for new trial before Board, which Board denied. Doctor appeals.

¶6 "In reviewing the decision [of the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision] we [look] at the entire record to determine whether the result was supported by substantial evidence." 5 Having reviewed the record in the present case, we find uncontroverted evidence showing Doctor's prescription of drugs to a person with whom Doctor had established no physician/patient relationship and of whom Doctor had conducted no examination, constituting both "unprofessional conduct" as defined by statute,6 and a ground for suspension/revocation of Doctor's medical license.7 Moreover, we hold the Oklahoma Board properly considered the findings of the Florida board of medical licensure in arriving at a decision on Doctor's Oklahoma application,8 particularly considering that Board afforded Doctor an opportunity, which Doctor accepted, to explain and rebut the findings of the Florida board. We consequently find the Board's decision supported by the requisite substantial evidence.

¶7 The order of the Board imposing discipline is therefore AFFIRMED.

¶8 HANSEN, V.C.J., and HUNTER, J., concur.

Footnotes:

1 The State of Florida Department of Professional Regulation Board of Medicine, upon consideration of Doctor's Florida application and testimony, denied the application, "stating as grounds therefore":

[T]hat your application does not establish that you can practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety. You have a history of chemical addiction and you continue to deny any previous problems with alcohol or other chemicals. Your testimony and application establish that you have suffered alcohol and or chemical induced `blackouts' as recently as 1988; that you have used marijuana as recently as 1989; that although you claim not to have been intoxicated since 1988, you continue to consume alcoholic beverages; that you have a history of depressive episodes including an attempted suicide; and you admit to self-medicating. You have been uncooperative with the Physicians Recovery Network (PRN) in their efforts to secure a current psychiatric evaluation. . . .

2 59 O.S. 1991 § 503 .

3 That is, denials by Doctor of on-going drug/alcohol abuse problems.

4 59 O.S. § 513 (Board given "quasi-judicial powers . . . for purpose of . . . suspending the license of physicians and surgeons of this state, and appeals from its decisions shall be taken to the Supreme Court of this state.")

5 DiMauro v. Oklahoma State Board of Medical Examiners, 769 P.2d 759, 762 (Okl. 1989).

6 59 O.S. § 509 (13).

7 59 O.S. § 503 , See also, State v. Bridwell, 592 P.2d 520 (Okl. 1979) (finding of guilt of unprofessional conduct proscribed by statute empowers Board of Medical Examiners [now Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision] to suspend or revoke physician's license).

8 Cf., State of Oklahoma, ex rel. Board of Chiropractic Examiners v. Myers, 466 P.2d 640 (Okl. 1969) (governing board revoked practitioner's Oklahoma license for misrepresentation in practitioner's application to Alabama governing board; on review, District Court found Oklahoma board decision unsupported by evidence; in affirming the Trial Court, the Oklahoma Supreme Court found that board "arbitrarily attempted to go behind Alabama law," and held board's "action revoking [applicant's Oklahoma] license, without regard for the fact the [applicant's] Alabama license was effective and not subject to revocation," to be arbitrary and capricious.)