I know we don’t actually need more evidence that Mississippi’s medical board is the worst in the country but we’re going to get some. Lawrence “Larry” Stewart, MD was an otolaryngologist from McComb, MS. Stewart pleaded guilty to felony drug charges and admitted in federal court to having sex with a patient in exchange for drugs. His DEA registration was taken from him because he was a threat to public safety.
He was charged by the Mississippi board with the drug charges (after all he pleaded guilty- should have been a chip-shot). For some reason the worthless morons running the board didn’t charge him with the sex.But, everyone on the board knew about the sex- after all it was in the local paper.
But the Mississippi board, after careful consideration determined that Stewart’s “license to practice medicine in the State of Mississippi is hereby suspended.” Whoa- the Mississippi did something right. Well, not quite. The order goes on “[h]owever the suspension is hereby stayed provided Licensee complies with the following requirements…” Yes, you read that right. This low-life trades sex for drugs and even that won’t get his license revoked in Mississippi!
But it gets better still. The requirements consist of a course in ETHICS. Seriously- does anyone believe that a confessed felon will change because of some more education? But it get better still. The next requirement “[l]icensee shall maintain at all time full and complete advocacy with the Mississippi Professional Health Program (MPHP) and comply… for life.” Holy crap.
So in Mississippi you can be a confessed felon trading sex for drugs and as long as you go to rehab you can keep practicing medicine! Basically, you can be almost any kind of low-life, bottom dwelling scumbag and be a doctor in Mississippi.
This is exactly why laypersons should be afraid of their doctors. Never has Stewart been accused of being an alcoholic or drug addict. So why is he going to rehab? What is the board not telling the citizens of Mississippi? What the board is telling the citizens of Mississippi is that it values the protection of doctors more than it values public health and safety.
The Mississippi board makes it hard to find Stewart’s order. I made it easy. Click his name- stewart.