Embattled Big Island doctor has medical license revoked

Published On: May 08 2014 05:48:00 PM HST

John Stover, a Big Island doctor who also practiced dentistry, had his medical license revoked Thursday under an agreement reached with the Hawaii Medical Board.

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"The vote was seven in favor with one abstention," said Danny Takanishi, chairman of the medical board.

According to the Regulated Industries Complaints Office, at least 27 complaints have been filed against Stover. However, the agreement between Stover and the medical board focused on six complaints in which the doctor was accused of professional misconduct or negligence.

"This is one of the most severe types of penalties which we can provide here," said Brent Suyama, spokesman for the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Stover has been under fire ever since a former patient fell into a coma March 17 after having her wisdom teeth pulled. Kristen Tavares, a mother of two, remains at the Hilo Medical Center, where she turned 24 years old last month. Her family has filed a civil lawsuit against Stover alleging malpractice.

Revocation of Stover's Hawaii medical license will be forwarded to a national database, making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for him to obtain a license in another state.

"If he were to apply for licensure in another state, they would typically do a search through this database," said Suyama.

The agreement reached between Stover and the medical board means no new complaints can be filled against his medical practice. However, the Board of Dental Examiners is expected to take up the same agreement May 19, which will likely result in Stover losing his license to practice dentistry.

"I can't speak for that board because they haven't met yet, but they will be provided with the same facts that the medical board had," Suyama explained.

Stover's attorney, Arthur Roeca, did not return a phone call from KITV4 Thursday seeking comment. Last month Stover voluntarily shut down his three offices on the Big Island, which were operating as Cosmetic Centers of Hawaii.

The state attorney general's office said there is no active investigation against Stover. But Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth told KITV4 there are different agencies looking into Stover's activities.

"There's possible investigations going on, but I don't have too much information," Roth said by phone.

Typically county prosecutors don't get a case until an investigative body has finished its probe of an individual or entity.


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