A 'Physician of the Year' and former state legislative candidate from Klamath Falls has been placed on probation by the Oregon Medical Board..
The Oregon Medical Board claims Dr. James Calvert prescribed controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose or following accepted procedures.
The Oregon Medical Board issued a stipulated order against Dr. Calvert, citing case studies of 4 different patients.
As an example... The board reports patient 'A' was a woman with a history of alcoholism and meth abuse. The board says Dr. Calvert's prescriptions for the woman included morphine and hydrocodone, and authorizing a medical marijuana card - which the report says should not have happened in the light of substance abuse.
Calvert is a former director of Cascades East, and was honored as 'Oregon Family Physician of the Year' in 2011. Calvert ran for state legislative office in 2004 and 2006.
Tom Hottman of Sky Lakes Medical Center says that Dr. Calvert is still practicing at Cascades East...
"Dr. Calvert's license was not revoked by the Oregon Medical Board. There were some sanctions in place, but he is still providing care to patients."
Officials from Sky Lakes, the parent company of Cascades East, say they're being careful moving forward...
"There are new procedures in place at Casacades East." Notes Hottman. "As a result of the review that we did following the OMB's action."
Calvert was fined $5000, ordered to complete courses on treatment of chronic pain, and placed on probation with quarterly reviews for a period of 5 years.
Dr. Calvert was unavailable for comment.
Dr Calvert has signed an agreement, agreeing to the specific terms and sanctions of the order. Any violation of those terms could be grounds for further disciplinary action.