Allegation of Complaint:
Dr. James Bruce Johnson; License # C50403
Nature of Complaint:
The physician has been the subject of disciplinary action in another state.
The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners on 08-19-2008 summarily suspended the physician's license to practice medicine in the State of Louisiana. The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners on 10-19-2009 issued an Opinion and Order whereby the physician's license shall remain suspended until the physician has affiliated himself with and participated in an approved substance abuse treatment program for a period of at least six months and was ordered to surrender his DEA registration. The board found that the physician has been addicted to alcohol, cocaine and opiates for a number of years and self-prescribed a number of medications. The board also found that the physician has a history of non-compliance with treating or supervising entities, dismissal from treatment centers, and difficulties conforming to monitoring and treatment requirements. The board also found that the physician performed an extensive cosmetic surgical procedure in his office when the physician did not have staff privileges at any hospital and prescribed inappropriately for himself, his family and patients.
The Medical Board of California has accepted the Surrender of the physician's license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of California.
Allegation of Complaint:
Dr. James Bruce Johnson License # 03633R
Nature of Complaint
The physician is charged with suffering from substance abuse and from a personality disorder. In addition, the physician is charged with failing to cooperate with his Physicians Health Program (PHP) contract, making it impossible for the Board to represent to the public that he is safe to continue to practice medicine. After continued difficulties with the physician, the PHP advised the Board they could no longer advocate for him on October 22, 2007. The Board has determined that it is impossible to say that the physician is free of drugs and alcohol; consequently the Board is unable to say that the physician is capable of practicing medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients.
In the Supplemental and Amending Administrative Compliant, the physician is charged with performing an extensive cosmetic procedure, involving intravenous sedation/anesthesia in his office, at a time when he did not have staff privileges in any hospital which is in violation of Board rules and deemed unprofessional conduct. The physician is also charged with illegitimate prescribing of controlled substance, alleged practicing of medicine when his license was suspended, and the alleged violation of the Board’s Obesity Rules. The Board has determined the physician to be guilty of these allegations.
The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners has ORDERED the following and is not limited to the following.
- The physician’s Certificate No. 08844R to engage in the practice of medicine in the State of Louisiana, which is presently Summarily Suspended, shall remain Suspended until the physician meets specific terms and conditions regarding rehabilitation.
- The physician is ORDERED to relinquish his DEA registration.
- Upon reinstatement of his license, the physician shall be placed on Probation for a period of five years, sign a contract with PHP and shall be subject to general conditions of probation.
- If the physician returns to surgery, his practice shall be monitored by qualified plastic surgeon.
- The physician shall pay a Fine in the amount of $5,000.00.
November 2, 2009 – Supplemental Opinion
The physician filed a Motion to Amend the Board’s Final Opinion related to the physician’s violations of the Medical Practice Act and the Board’s Obesity Rules. The Board amends its original opinion as to strike all references to a specific patient and any associated factual conclusions. However, the amendment does not change the Board’s conclusion relative to the physician’s violation of the Medical Practice Act and the Board’s Obesity Rules, nor does it change the sanctions imposed, which shall remain as originally written.