September 2019 Newsletter from the State Medical Board of Ohio
September 2019 Newsletter

Medical Board Responds to Governor’s Working Group Report

The State Medical Board of Ohio is grateful for the input and insight of Governor DeWine’s workgroup. The Strauss Investigation Working Group conducted a thorough and fair review of the board processes. We value the working group’s recommendations and appreciate the time, perspective, and expertise of the members.


The State Medical Board of Ohio's investigation of sexual misconduct complaints has substantially advanced since the tragic misconduct of Richard Strauss. We have streamlined the complaint intake process and now triage alleged sexual boundary violations with the highest priority. Investigations are more survivor-focused, more psychologically minded, and take advantage of the research that has been done in this area. As recommended in the report, staff and board member training will continue.


In addition to implementing recommended process and procedural changes, the board will continue to make operational improvements to better protect the victims of predator physicians. Medical Board members and staff look forward to reviewing the report in-depth and continuing to implement changes that will make us an even more effective regulatory board, supporting our crucial mission of protecting the health and safety of patients in Ohio.

September is National Recovery Month

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month. It celebrates the millions of people living in recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. 

Governor Mike DeWine created the RecoveryOhio initiative to coordinate the work of various state resources and the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council to provide recommendations and support for individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders for all Ohioans. 

Click the logo above to connect to treatment or learn how to help someone in need. 

NEW! Spanish Documents Available

Recently, the Medical Board translated the public records policy and the instructions to filing a complaint into Spanish, the second most spoken language in Ohio. Both are specifically public-facing items on the website and are easily-accessible.


Click here to download the translated public records policy.

Click here to view the translated complaint instructions.

Reminder - October 1 Renewal Deadline

Physicians, Massage Therapists, and Cosmetic Therapists with a last name beginning with T - Z must renew their licenses by October 1, 2019. If your license is not renewed by that date, your license expires and you cannot practice. Physicians with an expired license will be unable to log on to OARRS.

Renew your license online at If you have not previously logged in to eLicense, a short “how-to” video is available through the Renew a License link on the Medical Board’s homepage. 

Do not wait until the last minute to renew. By doing so, you assume the risk that the eLicense site may not be available and you may not be able to complete your renewal. Inability to access the site will not be an excuse for failure to renew timely. Therefore, we advise that you renew well before the deadline so that we have sufficient time to resolve any technical difficulties you may encounter.

If you need assistance, please contact the board at 614-466-3934 or

Public Hearing

A public hearing on proposed rules for PA requirements applicable to accessing and clearing youth athletes to return to play following a concussion and new, amended and rescinded rules for dietitians will be held on October 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules. Click here to view the notice.

Medical Board Seeks to Contract with Victim Coordinators
The Victim Coordinator position will be a resource for the overall coordination of internal and external communications related to that investigation in partnership with board investigators and enforcement attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and the Attorney General Office and other prosecutor’s offices. The Victim Coordinator will provide trauma informed, emotionally safe communications to the victim while coordinating the victim’s participation in a board investigation.The Victim Coordinator will work under the direction of the Deputy Director of Investigations, Compliance, Enforcement, and Standards Review (ICES) or their designee to provide continuity and support functions to victims involved with a State Medical Board of Ohio investigation. To read a detailed description about the position, its responsiblites or submit an application, click below. 

ohio medical marijuana control program update

Qualifying Conditions Update 

The State Medical Board of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee met in August to further discuss autism spectrum disorder and anxiety as additional qualifying conditions. The board could then vote as early as September 11 to add or reject the conditions. If approved, these additions to the qualifying conditions will be added to the Ohio Administrative Code and updated on


By the Numbers

Ohio dispensaries began selling medical marijuana to patients and caregivers in January. To date, there are 29 dispensaries operating. Total product sales through September 1 is $23.5 million with 2,791 pounds of plant material and 68,197 units of manufactured product.

As of July 31, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program reports:

  • 551 Physicians with a Certificate to Recommend (CTR)
  • 50,623 Recommendations
  • 53,082 Registered patients
    • 3,432 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 2,042 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 271 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 30,284 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 3,998 Registered Caregivers

Ohio physicians interested in recommending medical marijuana can learn more about the certificate to recommend process here.

Board Seeks Subject Matter Experts
The State Medical Board of Ohio has been tasked with reviewing the petitions to add qualifying medical conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). The board is currently seeking qualified subject matter experts to review the materials submitted in support of these petitions.

The next period for petitions of proposed diseases or conditions will be November 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019, with the review by subject-matter experts immediately to follow.

Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05, the petition must detail:
(1) The name and contact information for the person submitting the petition;
(2) The specific disease or condition requested to be added as a qualifying condition;
(3) Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition;
(4) Relevant medical or scientific evidence pertaining to the disease or condition;
(5) Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition;
(6) Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition, including journal articles, peer-reviewed studies, and other types of medical or scientific documentation;
(7) Letters of support provided by physicians with knowledge of the disease or condition. This may include a letter provided by the physician treating the petitioner, if applicable.

The subject matter expert shall render a written opinion on the suitability of medical marijuana for the proposed disease or condition within 45 days following receipt of the materials to be reviewed. Board personnel will communicate instructions to the expert as to the format of the report. We anticipate the report from a subject matter expert to be 2-5 pages in length.

If you are interested in becoming a subject matter expert reviewer, please submit a completed questionnaire and a current copy of your curriculum vitae to Following receipt of this information, your name will be added to our list of subject matter experts. When the board receives a petition matching your background, experience, and specialty, board personnel will contact you with further details.
    Cosmetic Therapy
    Exam Registration Deadline 9/9

    The date of the next Cosmetic Therapy exam is September 23, 2019. Applications must be received by the board before 5 p.m. on September 9. Applicants must have graduated prior to the application deadline. Click here to apply. 
    Board Meeting Dates
    The Medical Board meets each month in the Administrative Hearing Room on the 3rd floor of the Rhodes Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215.

    The meeting agendas and minutes are available here on the board's website.
    2019 Meetings
    September 11
    October 16
    November 13
    December 11

    2020 Meetings
    January 8
    February 12
    EMS Public Record Exemptions

    If you work as an EMS medical director, an EMS Regional Physician Advisory Board (RPAB) member, a correctional institution employee or a youth services employee, the Medical Board is updating its contact information in accordance with the law. Please complete this short survey.

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    Update Your Address

    Medical Board licensees are required to give notice of a change of address (residence, business or electronic) no later than 30 days after the change occurs. 

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    Monthly Formal Action Report

    Review summary descriptions of the disciplinary actions initiated and the disciplinary sanctions imposed by the Medical Board at its monthly meeting. Individual's license information can be found on eLicense.

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