Filing a Complaint with the Medical Board
The State Medical Board of Ohio is responsible for licensing and regulating the following health care professionals:
|Allopathic Physicians (M.D.s)
||Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.s)
|Podiatrists Physicians (D.P.M.s)
||Physician Assistants (P.A.s)
|Oriental Medicine Practitioners
The Medical Board handles general consumer complaints about the licensees listed above and may directly discipline practitioners who violate the public health and safety standards set by the legislature and the Board. The Medical Board does not have authority to address billing disputes, fee issues, disability ratings, or concerns about hospitals, urgent care centers, or nursing homes.
All complaints received by the Board are reviewed to determine jurisdiction. If the Board has jurisdiction, your complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate section of the office for further review. If the complaint is outside the Medical Board’s jurisdiction, it is referred to the appropriate agency.
The Medical Board is required by state law to maintain the confidentiality of all information related to Board investigations. If an investigation is conducted on your complaint, you may be contacted by a Medical Board staff member. The Board will not identify you as the complainant without first obtaining your permission to release your name, in an effort to more thoroughly investigate the complaint. The subject of the investigation and/or third party participants may also be contacted.
Although all complaints are evaluated, most complaints do not result in disciplinary action. If the Board takes disciplinary action, sanctions range from dismissal of the charges up to permanent revocation of the practitioner’s license to practice in Ohio.
To find out if a disciplinary action has been imposed, you may look up the practitioner on the Board’s website, www.med.ohio.gov, using the Licensee Profile and Status Link, or contact our Public Inquiries staff at (614) 466-3934 or (800) 554-7717.
For a printable copy of the Consumer guide
Revised February 2013