Board may review convicted doctor’s case

SANDUSKY An assault conviction could cost a local doctor his medical license. The Sta
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

An assault conviction could cost a local doctor his medical license.

The State Medical Board of Ohio is aware of the criminal case against Dr. Mohan S. Chandran, said Joan Wehrle, coordinator for the board.

The board, however, has not issued the doctor any citations, and his medical degree, valid through 2009, is still active.

Chandran, 52, is serving a 15-month sentence in the Erie County jail for five counts of assault. Police said he groped female patients who visited his office between February and July 2007.

The doctor pleaded no contest to the charges and has maintained his actions were the result of a medical condition caused by a stroke.

"If one of our licensees has a criminal conviction, it is a grounds for discipline," Wehrle said. "Often the medical board will work with the county prosecutor, whoever was handling the case, get the court documents and find out what was going on."

Once a case is looked into, a disciplinary file is compiled and the doctor may be issued a citation letter.

"That would trigger an opportunity for the physician to request an administrative hearing regarding their licensure issue," she said. "Sometimes the doctor will work with the medical board and do a voluntary surrender of their license."

The board meets on a monthly basis to review any new citation letters, she said. All members of the board are appointed by the governor for a five-year term.

Meanwhile, Chandran awaits a pretrial hearing in Sandusky Municipal Court on three counts of sexual imposition. He has pleaded not guilty, court records state.

The misdemeanor charges were filed in May and August following a more than year-long investigation by police.

Public Citizen, a nonprofit public interest organization, ranks Ohio as one of the best states for seriously disciplining bad doctors. In 2007, Public Citizen said the Ohio medical board took serious actions against 207 doctors, giving it the third highest ranking in the United States. Nationally, 2,743 doctors were seriously disciplined in 2007.