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Can a physician that lost his license to practice still ...

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Can a physician that lost his license to practice still call himself "Dr." on the basis of his doctorate degree that was legally bestowed upon him at his accredited college?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Stan replied 8 years ago.

Hi Debkay,

The degree bestowed upon a candidate and graduate of a medical school does not give the individual the right to or the ability to practice medicine in the United states. A medical license is granted by a state board of medicine and this is what gives the "doctor" the right to practice medicine in that particular state. Should a doctor lose the right to practice they may still continue to refer to themselves as "doctor."

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