DORA summarily suspends four Colorado physicians

DENVER (July 19, 2016) – The Colorado Medical Board summarily suspended the licenses of four Colorado physicians, meaning they may not practice medicine in Colorado unless or until such time as the suspension is lifted by the Board. The Colorado Medical Board resides within the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

According to the Orders of Suspension, the Board found reasonable grounds to believe that the public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action and/or that the Respondents were guilty of a deliberate and willful violation of the Medical Practice Act, the state law that regulates the practice of medicine in Colorado. All four physicians were recommending the medical use of marijuana, each authorizing high plant counts (e.g., the possession of at least 75 plants) for hundreds of individuals without medical necessity. The Board found such conduct falls below generally accepted standards of medical practice and violates § 12-36-117(1)(p) and (mm), C.R.S. and Colo. Const. art. XVIII, § 14(4).

 
The Board summarily suspended the medical licenses for the following physicians.
  • Gentry Dunlop M.D., recommended the medical use of marijuana, which authorized the possession of at least 75 plants for at least 700 individuals without medical necessity.  
  • Robert Maiocco, M.D., recommended the medical use of marijuana, which authorized the possession of at least 75 plants for at least 190 individuals without medical necessity.  
  • Deborah Parr, M.D., recommended the medical use of marijuana, which authorized the possession of at least 75 plants for at least 300 individuals without medical necessity.  
  • William Stone, D.O., recommended the medical use of marijuana, which authorized the possession of at least 75 plants for at least 400 individuals without medical necessity.  
Copies of the disciplinary actions are linked and will also be available later today to view online through the Division’s licensing system.
The Division of Professions and Occupations encourages consumers to verify licenses and check for discipline when selecting a physician.  If you suspect wrongdoing, consider filing a complaint.  Visit AskDORA.colorado.gov and click “Verify a License” or “File a Complaint.”
 
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The Division of Professions and Occupations at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) provides consumer protection through its regulation of nearly 400,000 licensees within more than 50 professions, occupations, and entities in the State of Colorado. DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675


Media Contact:
Vincent Plymell
Interim PIO, DPO
p: 303-894-2261