The Alabama Medical Licensure Commission met Thursday and ordered to suspend the medical license of Dr. Michael Dick, a Decatur rheumatologist found guilty of sexual harassing former patients.
One woman says Dr. Michael Dick blocked her path out of a room, moving his hands from her shoulders to the back of her neck and then planting a "big nasty kiss" on her cheek.
The commission had a scheduled meeting at the end of October but called an emergency hearing to discuss the suspension.
The suspension is effective immediately and is in place for 120 days, or until a formal hearing can be held. It means that Dr. Dick cannot practice medicine at all, including seeing patients or prescribing medications.
Wilson Hunter, the General Counsel for the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners, said Dr. Dick still has an obligation to his patients to turn over their records and help them to find another doctor. If he doesn't do this, he could then face more charges.
“We are thankful the Commission recognized the seriousness of the charges and the need to prohibit Dr. Dick’s ability
to practice until an administrative hearing can be held,” Hunter said.