The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) took the following disciplinary action at its June 6, 2014, meeting:
- Frank S. Cohen, MD, a general surgeon from New York, NY, was expelled from the College. This action was taken following disciplinary action by the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct based on a determination that he had ordered excessive tests, treatment, or use of treatment facilities not warranted by the condition of the patient.
The ACS Board of Regents took the following disciplinary actions at its October 25, 2014, meeting in San Francisco, CA:
- Michael F. E. Jones, MD, an otorhinolaryngologist from Sioux City, IA, was expelled from the College. This action was taken following disciplinary actions by the Iowa, Arizona, and California Boards of Medicine following charges that he violated appropriate professional boundaries and had engaged in inappropriate prescribing.
- Mike Lynn Schmit, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Bismarck, ND, was placed on probation until such time as he has a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine, until he has full and unrestricted surgical privileges in an accredited hospital or outpatient facility, and until his practice pattern has been reviewed and approved by the ACS Central Judiciary Committee. This action was taken following disciplinary action by the North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners involving violation of a Physicians Health Program agreement and charges that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient.
Definition of terms
Following are the disciplinary actions that may be imposed for violations of the principles of the College.
Admonition: A written notification, warning, or serious rebuke.
Censure: A written judgment, condemning the Fellow or Member’s actions as wrong. This is a firm reprimand.
Probation: A punitive action for a stated period of time, during which the Member: (a) loses the rights to hold office and to participate as a leader in College programs; (b) retains other privileges and obligations of membership; (c) will be reconsidered by the Central Judiciary Committee periodically and at the end of the stated term.
Suspension: A severe punitive action for a period of time, during which the Fellow or Member, according to the membership status: (a) loses the rights to attend and vote at College meetings, to hold office, and to participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs; (b) is subject to the removal of the Member’s name from the public listing and mailing list of the College; (c) surrenders his or her Fellowship certificate to the College, and no longer explicitly or implicitly claims to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; (d) pays the visitor’s registration fee when attending College programs; (e) is not subject to the payment of annual dues. When the suspension is lifted, the Fellow or Member is returned to full privileges and obligations of Fellowship.
Expulsion: The certificate of Fellowship and all other indicia of Fellowship or membership previously issued by the College must be forthwith returned to the College. The surgeon thereafter shall not explicitly or implicitly claim to be a Fellow or Member of the American College of Surgeons and may not participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs.