Updated Sun, Aug 3, 2014 4:19 pm
An Athens physician has voluntarily surrendered his medical license, according to a spokeswoman for the State Medical Board of Ohio.
The license of Dr. William Platt was suspended by the board in March but he had requested a hearing, which was scheduled for Aug. 26.
However, in July the medical board approved Platt’s voluntary surrender of his medical license, said Joan Wehrle, board spokeswoman.
“It is a permanent surrender of his license,” Wehrle said.
On March 12, Platt was ordered to cease the practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery in Ohio and to refer all active patients to other physicians after the board found that Platt’s continued practice “presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.”
The medical board took the action under a section of Ohio law that allows suspension of a medical license if a physician’s ability to practice medicine is impaired because of habitual or excessive use or abuse of drugs, alcohol or other substances.
Last month, Platt sent a letter to his patients informing them that he had decided to permanently retire from the practice of medicine. The letter indicates that patient medical records were sent to Muntean Health Care in Athens.