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DHMH Press Releases : Statement of Dr. Andrea Mathias, Outgoing Chair, Maryland Board of Physicians, Dr. Devinder Singh, Incoming Chair, Maryland Board of Physicians, and Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Statement of Dr. Andrea Mathias, Outgoing Chair, Maryland Board of Physicians, Dr. Devinder Singh, Incoming Chair, Maryland Board of Physicians, and Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
 
 
June 5, 2014
 
"Today, the Maryland Board of Physicians issued a summary suspension of the medical license of William T. Dando.
 
Well before the current actions that led to his summary suspension, Mr. Dando pleaded guilty in 1987 to burglary and sexual assault with the threat of a deadly weapon in Florida and had been incarcerated for approximately four years of a ten year sentence. 
 
Mr. Dando’s license history in Maryland raises serious questions for the Maryland Board of Physicians, including what the Board staff and Board members were aware of regarding his criminal history, how the Board considered this information, and the role of the physician rehabilitation program that he participated in.
 
We have asked the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to investigate these matters and make recommendations to strengthen patient protection in Maryland.  The Inspector General will report its findings to the Board and the Department.
 
The primary responsibility of the Maryland Board of Physicians is patient protection.  The Board is committed to learning everything possible from this case to protect Marylanders."
 
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NOTE: The Order is posted on the Board of Physician's website under the Immediate Alerts page http://www.mbp.state.md.us/pages/disciplinary.html .The direct link to the pdf ishttp://www.mbp.state.md.us/BPQAPP/orders/D5083506.054.pdf