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DATE: 10/12/2006
Medical Board Revokes the Licenses of Four Physicians

Scottsdale, Ariz. - During its two-day meeting that ended today in Scottsdale, the Arizona Medical Board revoked the licenses of two physicians effective immediately and issued stayed revocations in two other cases.

The two physicians whose licenses were revoked immediately are: Richard Carino, M.D., of Port Richey, Florida and W. Neil Chloupek, M.D., a Phoenix physician. The stayed revocations were for John M. Ritland, M.D., a Flagstaff OB-GYN, and Abdol R. Arjmandfard, M.D, an internist. Arjmandfard‘s practice has been suspended until further order of the Board.

Dr. Carino had been practicing in Florida before his arrest on child pornography charges. The Board determined that Dr. Chloupek, who has a longstanding history of disciplinary actions with the Board, had violated a Board order regarding substance abuse. The Board revoked Dr. Ritland‘s license for falling below the standard of care and for sexual abuse, then stayed the revocation and placed him on 10 years probation with restrictions. The actions involving Doctors Carino and Chloupek are effective immediately. Doctors Ritland and Arjmandfard have 35 days to appeal.

Alan C. Sacks, M.D. signed a Consent Agreement with the Board that he must have a female chaperone whenever he interacts with female patients. The chaperone must be a licensed health care professional. The agreement also contains a Decree of Censure for inappropriate sexual conduct with a patient.

The Board accepted a Consent Agreement in which John F. Michiels, M.D., a Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, physician, voluntarily surrendered his Arizona license for Internet prescribing.

Over the two days, the Medical Board issued 11 Letters of Reprimand, one Decree of Censure, and 15 non-disciplinary Advisory Letters. The Board upheld six dismissals by the Executive Director and dismissed one additional case.