DORA summarily suspends physician Janet Dean

DENVER (Aug. 22, 2016) – The Colorado Medical Board (Board) summarily suspended the license of Denver physician Dr. Janet C. Dean today, meaning she 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 Order of Suspension, the Board found reasonable grounds to believe that the public health, safety or welfare requires emergency action and/or that the respondent is guilty of a deliberate and willful violation of the law - specifically the Medical Practice Act, the state law that regulates the practice of medicine in Colorado.  

The Board reviewed information showing that between January 1, 2016 and May 27, 2016, the respondent signed in excess of 450 certifications recommending the medical use of marijuana, which authorized the individuals to possess more marijuana plants than medically necessary to treat the patients’ conditions. 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 official disciplinary action will be available online later today through the Division’s licensing system.

Dr. Dean has the option to request a hearing with the Board at their next meeting on Sept. 15 to offer evidence or legal argument why the suspension should be lifted.

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 and click “Verify a License” or “File a Complaint.”

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 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