Johnstown physician agrees to Interim Cessation of Practice

DENVER (May 19, 2016) — On May 13, 2016, Johnstown, Colorado physician Dr. Kenneth Pettine agreed to an Interim Cessation of Practice (ICP), meaning he may not practice pending further evaluation and investigation.
 
According to the agreement with the Colorado Medical Board, Dr. Pettine allegedly performed three surgical procedures in which he “initially performed spinal decompression and placement of an implant at the wrong level of the patient’s spine.” The allegation notes that Dr. Pettine identified the mistakes and placed the implants at the correct level.
 
The Medical Board expressed concern that Dr. Pettine’s operative report failed to document the wrong-level placement of the implant and “affirmatively identified that the wrong-level procedure was intentionally made.” The operative notes were also inconsistent with preoperative imaging in each case.
 
Additionally, Dr. Pettine was asked to cease practice to undergo evaluation of his physical and mental health and ability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety.
 
In the Agreement, Dr. Pettine denies these allegations, however has agreed to cease practice to facilitate further evaluation of the issues.
 
The Division of Professions and Occupations, 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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