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Orthopedic Surgery

Male, Age 61, Graduated 1983, East Tennessee State University/James H Quillen College Of Medicine

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Dr. Dewey's Specialty

  • Orthopedic Surgery

What Is a Specialty or Area of Special Expertise?

A specialty is the branch of medicine in which a doctor has completed advanced clinical training and education. Most doctors are board certified in their specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who specializes in your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods.

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A specialty is the branch of medicine in which a doctor has completed advanced clinical training and education. Most doctors are board certified in their specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who specializes in your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best methods of treatment. 

Examples of specialists are a pediatrician who focuses on the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; or a cardiologist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels. 

A doctor may have more than one specialty, along with one or more subspecialties. For instance, a doctor could specialize in internal medicine and have a subspecialty in infectious disease. A subspecialty is a concentration within a specialty. 

Your primary care doctor (who is often a specialist in family medicine or internal medicine) can help you choose the right type of specialist. In fact, some health insurance plans require a referral from your primary care doctor before you visit a specialist.

Dr. Dewey's License & Board Certification

  • Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, 2001
  • Licensed in Florida
  • Licensed in Georgia

Why Is Board Certification Important?

Board certification requires extensive training and a rigorous review of a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skill in a medical specialty. Board certification also means that a doctor is actively improving his or her practice of medicine through continuing education. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition. 

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Board certification requires extensive training and a rigorous review of a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skill in a medical specialty. Board certification also means that a doctor is actively improving his or her practice of medicine through continuing education. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition. 

A doctor who is board certified has taken an important step beyond getting a required state medical license to practice. Some doctors choose not to apply for board certification. A doctor who is not board certified may be an excellent doctor who is fully licensed to practice medicine in his or her state. 

If you are considering a doctor who is not board certified, consider asking the doctor why he or she is not certified. This information might provide you important background information to help you decide whether or not to see that doctor.

  • ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Surgery
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and/or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot & Ankle Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot & Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Hand & Wrist Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revisions
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee & Leg Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revisions
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Spinal Nerve Blocks
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injections
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Fracture (incl. Elbow and Shoulder)
  • Ataxia
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Fracture (incl. Wrist and Fingers)
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Herniation
  • Knee Dislocation (incl. Meniscal Tear)
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral & Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis & Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Trigger Finger
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Dr. Dewey's Education & Training

  • Medical Schools:

    • East Tennessee State University/James H Quillen College Of Medicine
      Graduated: 1983

What Is a Residency?

Residency is a medical training program that a doctor completes to gain expertise in a specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who has completed a residency and therefore specializes in the area of your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods. Read More

Residency is a medical training program that a doctor completes to gain expertise in a specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who has completed a residency and therefore specializes in the area of your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods.

Examples of specialists are a pediatrician who focuses on the physical, emotional and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; or a cardiologist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels.

Residency training takes place in accredited hospitals or other healthcare facilities under the supervision of experienced doctors. Residency training lasts from three to seven years, and the exact duration varies from specialty to specialty. Residency is required for specialty board certification.

Dr. Dewey's Background Check

Malpractice

Malpractice history found

Settlement  (12/12/2012)
Amount or Range: $110,000.00
Nature of Complaint: Judicial case 2012-CA-1299
State: Florida

What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information for the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact you quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.

Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered. 
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state. 

Board Actions

Board action history found

Substandard Care, Incompetence or Negligence  (7/23/2012)
Action Taken: Release from Prior Order
Allegation of Complaint: Dr. Donald Melvin Dewey; License # ME53630; Case # 2008-06709

Nature of Complaint:

The physician previously on 06-15-2011 entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Florida Board of Medicine.

Action Taken-Obligations Satisified

State: Florida

Substandard Care, Incompetence or Negligence  (6/15/2011)
Action Taken: Education
Allegation of Complaint: Dr. Donald Melvin Dewey; License # ME53630; Case # 2008-06709

Nature of Complaint:

The physician failed to meet the prevailing standard of care for a patient. The physician caused the radial nerve to become entrapped under the compression plate during the open reduction and internal fixation of the right humerus. The physician failed to initiate exploration of the radial nerve to clarify the cause of the patient's symptoms.

Action Taken-Final Order-Settlement Agreement

  1. The physician has been issued a reprimand from the Florida Board of Medicine.
  2. The physician shall pay a fine in the amount of $10,000.00 within thirty days.
  3. The physician shall pay costs in the amount of $2,720.86 within thirty days.
  4. The physician shall perform fifty hours of community service within one year.
  5. The physician shall complete five hours of continuing medical education in orthopedic surgery involving performance of open reduction and internal fixation within one year.
  6. The physician shall appear before the Board upon request.
State: Florida

Wrong procedure  (12/10/2010)
Action Taken: Release from Prior Order
Allegation of Complaint: Dr. Donald Melvin Dewey; License # ME53630; Case # 2008-15318

Nature of Complaint:

The physician previously on 12-17-2009 entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Florida Board of Medicine.

Action Taken-Obligations Satisfied

State: Florida

Wrong procedure  (12/17/2009)
Action Taken: Education
Allegation of Complaint: Dr. Donald Melvin Dewey; License # ME53630; Case # 2008-15318

Nature of Complaint:

The physician on 05-22-2008 performed a wrong-site procedure, a wrong procedure, and/or an unauthorized procedure on a patient. The physician made a 3 mm portal incision on the patient's left side ankle instead of the correct right side ankle. The physician began a left side ankle arthroscopy instead of the correct right side ankle arthroscopy consented to by the patient. The physician failed to pause and confirm the correct surgical procedure and the correct surgical site prior to beginning the operative procedure on the patient. The physician closed the incision consulted with the patient's husband and with his consent completed the right ankle arthroscopy without further complication.

Action Taken-Final Order-Settlement Agreement

  1. The physician has been issued a letter of concern from the Florida Board of Medicine.
  2. The physician shall pay a fine in the amount of $5,000.00 within thirty days.
  3. The physician shall pay costs in the amount of $3,987.83 within thirty days.
  4. The physician shall perform fifty hours of community service within one year.
  5. The physician shall complete five hours of continuing medical education in risk management within one year.
  6. The physician during the next six months shall present a one hour lecture/seminar on wrong site surgeries to the medical staff at an approved medical facility.
  7. The physician shall appear before the Board upon request.
State: Florida

What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were. 
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered. 
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states. 
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