Medical license suspension process underway for Dr. Michael Dick over sexual misconduct

DECATUR, Ala. -- New steps have been taken regarding the scandal surrounding a Decatur doctor currently being sued by multiple women for sexual misconduct and harassment. The process to suspend the medical license of Dr. Michael Dick is underway by the Alabama Medical Examiners Board.

Wilson Hunter, General Counsel to the board, released a statement following Tuesday's specially called meeting.

“Based on the findings of the investigation, the BME believes there is sufficient evidence to bring these charges, charges which will be presented to the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission for final disposition," Hunter said. "If the Commission concurs in the BME’s determinations, Dr. Dick’s ability to practice medicine, including seeing patients and writing prescriptions, will be immediately suspended."

There is an emergency meeting set for Wednesday which could lead to an immediate suspension of Dr. Dick's license, the board confirmed. If his license is immediately suspended, he will not be allowed to see patients nor write prescriptions.

Then, the charges filed by the BME could be considered by the Commission at its next scheduled meeting on October 24. More information regarding this case will be available Wednesday.

According to the release from the BME, the board has been investigating the allegations against Dr. Dick since February. The members said they worked closely with law enforcement to assist in the related criminal investigation. At the request of law enforcement, the BME delayed any official action against Dr. Dick until the resolution of the criminal case. That took place on September 28th and resulted in his conviction on three separate charges of harassment involving female patients.

He was found guilty of one count and plead guilty to the other two with the understanding he would appeal the verdicts to Morgan County Circuit Court.

“The last thing the BME wants to do is compromise a criminal investigation by one of our law enforcement partners,” Hunter said. “With that issue
settled, it has cleared the way for the BME to move forward with filing charges and immediately suspending Dr. Dick’s medical license."

Dick still practices at Alabama Medicine and Rheumatology but this move by the board may soon change that.

Doctor Dick has denied all accusation of inappropriate behavior.

The suspension could be considered as early as the commission's next scheduled meeting on October 24th.

The BME encourages patients who feel their doctor has crossed a line to reach out to the board. Patients are protected from retaliation under Alabama law.
“Obviously, we can’t be in every exam room with every patient, but if a physician takes advantage of the doctor-patient relationship we want to know about it,” Hunter said.

The action against Dr. Dick’s medical license is being prosecuted on behalf of the BME by Associate General Counsel Matt Hart.