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Doctor loses license after sex with patient
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A local doctor has had his medical license revoked for having an affair with a patient who also happened to be a married woman.
The physician, Brad E. Blankenship, closed his office on Chancery Street on Feb. 16 after around 28 years of practice in McMinnville. He had his medical license revoked as of March 18 as part of an agreed order with the Tennessee Department of Health. He will not be allowed to practice medi-cine for at least one year, following which time he may apply to the state to have his license reinstated on a probationary basis.
According to the Department of Health, Blankenship began a consensual sexual relationship with a female patient in 2013. The patient had been under his care for four years. He was treating her for “acute and chronic” conditions which included chronic pain. He was prescribing her hydrocodone and Carisoprodol (soma) for the issues, prescriptions that continued after the sexual affair began. The sexual encounters began, according to the agreed statement of facts, during a routine visit to his office. The woman told the doctor she and her husband were separated at the time.
“The sexual relationship between he and the patient included encounters in his clinic and elsewhere,” the medical board finding revealed. “During the relationship, he bought expensive gifts for her and took her on a cross-country trip.”
The findings of the board also revealed Blankenship was a doctor for the woman’s husband during the time of the affair.
Blankenship told the board he sought help by inpatient evaluation at the Behavioral Medicine Institute in Atlanta and he voluntarily stopped practicing medicine in July 2014.
The Department of Health noted Blankenship has been in trouble with the organization before his most recent incident. Specifically, Blankenship was placed on probation in 2009 for failing to properly supervise the usage of lasers and other cosmetic procedures performed by unlicensed staff. He remained on probation until 2011 for that violation.