Colorado Medical Board summarily suspends Houston physician from practicing in Colorado

DENVER (April 23, 2016) — On April 22, 2016, the Colorado Medical Board (Board) summarily suspended the license of Houston physician Dr. Benjamin Deaton, meaning he may not practice in Colorado. 

According to the suspension order, the board reviewed information and found that Dr. Deaton “had been [in] monitoring with the Texas physician health program for a physical or mental illness or condition” which Dr. Deaton did not disclose on his application for a Colorado medical license.  Dr. Deaton had also self-referred to the Colorado Physician Health Program after submitting his license application, but was not complying with the requirements for an evaluation and also was not compliant with monitoring in Texas. 

The suspension order states that the Board “has objective and reasonable grounds to believe and finds that Respondent [Dr. Deaton] deliberately and willfully violated the Medical Practice Act and/or that the public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.”  The suspension remains in effect pending proceedings for suspension or revocation.

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), encourages consumers to verify a license and check for discipline before selecting a physician. If you suspect wrongdoing, consider filing a complaint with DORA. Visit askDORA.colorado.gov and click on “File a Complaint.”  

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The Division of Professions and Occupations, part of 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 www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675