File a Complaint

The State Medical Board of Ohio is responsible for licensing and regulating the following health care professionals:

  • Physicians (Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine)

  • Physician Assistants

  • Massage Therapists

  • Genetic Counselors

  • Radiologist Assistants

  • Anesthesiologist Assistants

  • Cosmetic Therapists

  • Acupuncturists

  • Oriental Medical Practitioners

  • Dietitians

  • Respiratory Care Professionals


The following are options available in attempting to resolve problems with one of the licensees listed above:

  • OPTION 1 Discuss your complaint with the licensee or his or her supervisor. In most cases, they are sensitive to complaints about their services. You may feel reluctant to use this approach, but many complaints are resolved in this manner and it might be your most convenient way to proceed.

  • OPTION 2 A consumer may have the option of retaining an attorney for the purposes of bringing a personal injury lawsuit or other legal action.

  • OPTION 3 File a complaint with the State Medical Board of Ohio.


The Board investigates the following:

  • Improper prescribing, dispensing or administering of drugs

  • Minimal standards of care

  • Fraud, misrepresentation or deception

  • Lewd and immoral conduct

  • Unlicensed practice

  • Criminal convictions

  • Impairment of ability of practice

  • Continuing education violations

  • Miscellaneous violations


If the Board finds that there has been a violation of the Medical Practices Act, it may choose one of the following disciplinary actions:

  • Reprimand of the licensee

  • Put the licensee on probation 

  • Limit/restrict the practitioner’s license

  • Suspend the license

  • Permanently revoke the license

  • Require education or training


The Board has no jurisdiction over the following:

  • Billing or fee disputes

  • Insurance coverage

  • Personality conflicts

  • Bedside manner or rudeness of practitioners

  • HIPAA violations-- this falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Disclosure of confidentiality is a violation.

  • Scheduling issues

  • Employee/employer disputes

  • Issues with hospitals, urgent care centers or nursing homes


Should you choose to file a complaint, know that the Medical Board is required by state law to maintain the confidentiality of all information related to Board investigations. In addition, the Board will not identify you as the complainant without first obtaining your permission to release your name. We appreciate that you are bringing your concerns to the Board. The participation of citizens is critical to ensuring the quality of medical care in Ohio.



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State Medical Board of Ohio
30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
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