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News Massachusetts Board of Medicine Takes Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary action ordered at the April 25, 2018 meeting of the Board
4/25/2018
  • Board of Registration in Medicine

Wakefield — At its meeting on April 25, 2018, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine took disciplinary action against the medical licenses of Christopher D. Owens, M.D., John E. Strobeck, M.D., and Rakesh Dhar, M.D.

In a Final Decision & Order, the Board revoked Dr. Christopher D. Owens’ right to renew his license to practice medicine after the Board found that Dr. Owens medical license was revoked in California for prescribing to non-patients that he knew were suffering from substance abuse disorders and for fraudulent prescribing. Dr. Owens was licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts from June 18, 2003 until he failed to renew his license on July 11, 2016.

In another Final Decision & Order, the Board revoked Dr. John E. Strobeck’s right to renew his license to practice medicine after the Board found that he had stipulated to the surrender of his license to practice in California after he had been criminally charged in New Jersey with multiple counts of fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact based on allegations that he had improper sexual contact with six female patients. Dr. Strobeck held a license to practice medicine in Massachusetts from July 1, 1976 until he failed to renew his license on September 12, 2011. Dr. Strobeck is currently licensed to practice medicine in New York.

The Board admonished the license of Dr. Rakesh Dhar after he acknowledged in a Consent Order that he had continued to communicate with a third party after that patient had revoked his authorization allowing him to discuss the patient’s care with the third party. Dr. Dhar also agreed to complete four additional Continuing Medical Education credits, in ethics and boundaries. Dr. Dhar was first licensed in Massachusetts in 2005.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine licenses more than 40,000 physicians, osteopaths and acupuncturists. The Board was created in 1894 to protect the public health and safety by setting standards for the practice of medicine and ensuring that doctors who practice in the Commonwealth are appropriately qualified and competent. The Board investigates complaints and determines sanctions. More information is available at www.mass.gov/massmedboard, or you may contact the Board at borimmedia@massmail.state.ma.us

Board of Registration in Medicine 

The Board of Registration in Medicine is responsible for licensing, regulation, and discipline of Massachusetts physicians and acupuncturists.

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