An Ardmore doctor lost his medical license Thursday, apparently choosing not to defend himself before the medical board regarding allegations that he overprescribed powerful painkillers.
The Oklahoma Medical Board voted unanimously at Thursday’s board meeting to revoke Dr. Jarrett G. Gregory’s license after hearing testimony that Gregory was unfit to practice medicine.
Neither Gregory nor his attorney Daniel Gamino were present at the hearing, in part because they didn’t think the board had jurisdiction to revoke Gregory’s license, board officials said. Neither Gamino nor Gregory returned calls seeking comment.
Lyle Kelsey, the medical board’s executive director, said it was unusual for neither to be present for the hearing, but the board could not reach an agreement with Gregory and Gamino about the board’s authority.
“While he was under investigation, (Gregory) decided to just essentially notify us he was going to turn in his license, and he sent us his wallet card, and said, ‘I don’t want my Oklahoma license,’” Kelsey said.
“Technically, his license was still in effect. He just said, ‘I’m not going to use it’ while the investigation was going.”
Kelsey said under board policy, a doctor cannot turn in his or her license while under investigation.
At past meetings, doctors have argued that, without a current medical license, they cannot be investigated by the board.
Gregory, 77, was a radiologist in Ardmore. He has an active medical license in Texas and Arkansas and previously has had medical licenses in Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, according to medical board records.
Robbin Roberts, a board investigator, said the board’s investigation of Gregory started after a phone call from the Ardmore Police Department.
Roberts said when she visited Gregory’s office, she sat in the waiting room and noticed several red flags, including patients carpooling long distances, patients having exams that lasted about five minutes, and patients in the waiting room discussing the drugs they liked best.
Dr. Stephen Connery, a Norman family physician and the board’s expert witness, said he reviewed 14 of Gregory’s medical charts and found “probably the worst set of charts” that he had ever seen.
Connery said Gregory drug-tested his patients but didn’t take action when the patients tested positive for either drugs Gregory hadn’t prescribed or recreational drugs like marijuana or amphetamines.
Connery said he was especially concerned about a male patient in his 30s who came to Gregory with knee pain and went from a prescription of 30 hydrocodone to about 400 methadone. The patient was fired for no reason noted in the chart, but he likely got addicted to the drugs he was prescribed, Connery said.
“I think the charitable interpretation is he is incompetent — but my opinion, from reading the charts, was that he was selling prescriptions,” Connery said.