The Oklahoma Board of Osteopathic Examiners have taken no action against an Ardmore surgeon who was sanctioned in January by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.


The Oklahoma Board of Osteopathic Examiners have taken no action against an Ardmore surgeon who was sanctioned in January by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

 

Deborah J. Bruce, BOE executive director, has confirmed Dr. Dereck A. Peery appeared before the board during its regularly scheduled June meeting.

 

“He voluntarily appeared with his attorney and answered questions about the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics,” she said.

 

Following the question/answer session Bruce said there were “no motions” from board members.

 

Peery “voluntarily submitted to the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs control without a hearing and entered in an Agreed Order on Jan. 19 for having “lied, falsified and/or was negligent in being truthful” to two questions that appeared on his 2007 and 2008 applications for OBNDD registration. The order placed the local surgeon on 5-years probation.

 

The probation includes the following stipulations:

Remain in the Oklahoma Health Professional’s Program (physician rehab program) during the probation period Abide by any orders or agreements with the Board of Osteopathic Examiners Pay a $20,000 fine for falsifying and/or negligence in filling out his OBNDD registrations Will not seek a modification of the order for a period of at least 12 months

 

In an April 6 interview with The Ardmoreite, Bruce said she anticipated the board would take action based on the OBNDD sanctions.

 

“In all likelihood this will go to case review, an investigation opened and be addressed,” Bruce said, adding it was possible the investigation would be completed and Peery would be called before the board during the scheduled June meeting.

 

At the time Bruce refused to comment specifically on Peery’s “continuing treatment pursuant to the agreement that was transferred to Oklahoma on July 31, 2007,” which is referenced in the OBNDD documents. (OBNDD documents also show on April 9, 2008, Peery’s “license to practice medicine in the State of Ohio was officially revoked.”)

 

However, Bruce did confirm, “We have monitored Dr. Peery’s license and his progress as an Oklahoma physician. He has appeared before the board since he was granted a license.”

 

Recently Bruce said she did not know the reasoning behind the board’s “no motions” response to OBNDD’s action.

 

“I can only surmise — generally when they don’t make a motion — that they thought the penalty from OBN was sufficient,” she said.