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Oklahoma doctor loses license at hearing Thursday

Bruce S. Gilmore, who practiced internal medicine in Davis, Okla., had his medical license revoked Thursday.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: May 18, 2012

After spending 11 years on probation, a Davis doctor lost his medical license Thursday after his fifth complaint before the state medical board.

At its May meeting, the state medical licensure board revoked the medical license of Bruce S. Gilmore, who practiced internal medicine at the Arbuckle Clinic in Davis.

Gilmore hasn't practiced medicine since March when he agreed not to practice. Davis has worked in the medical field in multiple cities in Oklahoma, including Davis, Sulphur, Ardmore and Battiest.

The complaint discussed in Thursday's hearing arose after Gilmore failed a drug test in September. Gilmore was already on probation from prior complaints.

11-year probation

Since 2001, Gilmore has been on probation. His license was suspended for about three months in 2001 for a narcotics and overprescribing violation. In 2002, his license was suspended for two months on substance abuse. In 2003, it was suspended for about 10 months on substance abuse. And in 2008, his license was revoked on alcohol abuse, according to medical board records.

Gilmore said on Thursday that he is a recovering alcoholic and attends support groups.

In 2009, when the medical board reinstated Gilmore's license, it was under terms of probation.

One of those terms was that Gilmore “will take no medication except that which is authorized by a physician treating him for a legitimate medical need.” Additionally, under the terms of probation, Gilmore wasn't allowed to take any substance that would “cause a body fluid sample to test positive for prohibited substances including but not limited to alcohol,” according to court records.

The most recent complaint came after he tested positive in September for hydrocodone, a Schedule II narcotic pain medication. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse that might lead to severe psychological or physical dependence, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Gary Ricks, a compliance and education coordinator for the medical board, said when he drug tested Gilmore in September as part of Gilmore's probation, Gilmore didn't tell him he had recently taken a hydrocodone pill.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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