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Oklahoma Medical Board denies Lawton doctor's request for reinstatement

Dr. Gregory K. Morton III's request that the state medical board renew his license was denied Thursday. Morton told the board that he had learned through sex addiction therapy more about his behavior.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: November 8, 2013
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The formerly licensed medical doctor sat before mostly strangers, crying.

His lawyer asked him the most serious question of his reinstatement hearing.

What happened to you as a child?

Dr. Gregory Keith Morton III took a drink of water, tears rolling down his face, before he found the words to answer.

“The hardest thing to do is to admit when you're abused,” Morton said. “And I was, and that was one of the hardest things for me to let go of and admit to. That's why all these years I tried to help myself. I couldn't help myself because I was in denial, but (therapy) helped me understand that.

After an emotional hearing, the state medical board denied Morton's request that his medical license be reinstated, citing that it was too soon for them to grant him that privilege.

Last September, the medical board revoked Morton's medical license. Morton practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Lawton until about 2004, when he switched to general practice, according to court records.

There were 11 complaints against Morton involving inappropriate sexual touching and sexual misconduct, according to court records. There were complaints lodged that dated as far back as 1995.

Female patients made complaints, reporting that Morton had inappropriately touched their genitals and breasts, sometimes performing exams without gloves, according to court records.

Other patients reported that Morton had fondled himself through his pants while performing vaginal exams, according to court records.

At the board's Thursday meeting, Morton was requesting that he be allowed to practice medicine in male-only facilities, such as at male prisons or veterans' hospitals, working only with male veterans.

Morton told the board that he did not understand himself until he shared his trauma with the people who were in therapy with him.

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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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