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State Medical Board of Ohio Reopens 133 Investigations

Published: Mar 12, 2021 by Brandon Smith

The fallout from The Ohio State University’s investigation of Dr. Richard Strauss’s decades-long and decades-old abuse continues. In 2019, by Executive Order 2019-16D, Governor DeWine created a working group to review the State Medical Board of Ohio’s investigation into Dr. Strauss.

Following the Working Group’s initial recommendations in August 2019, Governor DeWine ordered the State Medical Board of Ohio to review all sexual assault allegations it had investigated and closed without further action in the preceding twenty-five years.

As a result of this review, the State Medical Board announced this week that it had reopened 91 sexual impropriety investigations against physicians and reopened 42 additional cases for failure to report the sexual impropriety of another.

In total, 133 cases were reopened for further investigation this week. Whether these renewed investigations will lead to formal disciplinary citations or settlements with the Board, or will be closed without action again remains to be seen.

If you are licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio and have questions concerning an ongoing investigation, disciplinary matter, or your obligations to report the misconduct of yourself and others, you should consider contacting the experienced attorneys at Graff & McGovern, LPA. Attorney Brandon Smith may be reached at (614) 228-5800, ext. 7 and