AAOS Bulletin - June, 2006

Professional compliance report

In March 2006, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors voted to take professional compliance actions against six fellows under the provisions of Paragraph 8.3.b of the AAOS Bylaws. This provision requires the AAOS to certify to the Board of Directors, if known, “the loss, restriction on or limitation of any right associated with the practice of medicine in any state or Canadian province of any Fellow or Member.” Following is a summary of the reasons for these professional compliance actions:

Juan J. Capello, MD
Bedford, Texas

In October 2005, Dr. Capello and the Texas Medical Board (TMB) entered into a three-year agreed order requiring that Dr. Capello’s medical practice be limited to nonsurgical matters. This action was based on allegations that the doctor failed to adequately document up to four surgical procedures. Dr. Capello had voluntarily stopped his surgical practice prior to the action by the TMB. The AAOS Board of Directors suspended Dr. Capello for three years or until his license is no longer limited, whichever is longer.

Roy R. Gettel, MD
Tucson, Ariz.

In December 2005, the Arizona Medical Board imposed a five-year probation on Dr. Gettel’s license to practice medicine and restricted him from performing orthopaedic surgeries requiring open reduction and internal fixation. The AAOS Board of Directors suspended Dr. Gettel for the period of time that he holds a restricted license to practice medicine in Arizona.

Daniel Louis Hiersche
MD Ellensburg, Wash.

In March 2005, Dr. Hiersche and the State of Washington, Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Commission entered into an agreed order that calls for a three-year probation of his medical license. The commission did not place restrictions on Dr. Hiersche’s ability to practice medicine. The commission’s action follows three occurrences of improper sexual relations with patients. Dr. Hiersche is in full compliance with the order. The AAOS Board of Directors suspended Dr. Hiersche for a period of three years or until the probation on his medical license ends, whichever is longer.

Douglas R. Howard, MD
Wakefield, Mass.

In October 2005, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine accepted the voluntary surrender of Dr. Howard’s medical license. This action followed his sentencing to two and a half years in a house of corrections for illegally distributing OxyContin to a patient and an undercover state trooper. The AAOS Board of Directors expelled Dr. Howard from the AAOS.

David L. Mackey, MD
Winter Park, Fla.

In December 2005, the Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of Dr. Mackey, who was convicted of a felony. Dr. Mackey pleaded no contest to solicitation to commit first-degree murder and is currently incarcerated. The AAOS Board of Directors expelled Dr. Mackey from the AAOS.

Adrian I. Medina, MD
Weeki Wachee, Fla
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In December 2004, the Florida Board of Medicine suspended Dr. Medina’s medical license following his guilty plea to a felony violation of Florida law banning sexual relations with minors. The AAOS Board of Directors suspended Dr. Medina from the AAOS for the period of time that his license is suspended. In addition, the Board voted not to reinstate Dr. Medina without its express approval.

Fellows and members who learn of state licensure actions may forward the information to Pamela Winkler, manager of member services, AAOS, 6300 North River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018-4262 or winkler@aaos.org.


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