Board executive shocked by doctor’s reinstatement

CHARLESTON (AP) — The head of a state board that suspended the license of a West Virginia pain clinic operator says she’s shocked by a judge’s move to let the doctor resume practicing medicine.

West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine Executive Director Diana Shepard says the decision Thursday by Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King to reinstate the medical license of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. “sets a terrible precedent.”

Last month the board suspended Chalifoux’s license after an investigation found sanitation and hygiene problems at Valley Pain Management in McMechen.

King issued a preliminary injunction that wiped out the suspension. King ruled the board failed to show that Chalifoux engaged in practices that might pose a risk to the public.

Shepard says the board will continue to review the case.

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