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Judge lifts license suspension of VA psychiatrist

Posted on April 14, 2016 10:01 am under Medical Malpractice

A Wisconsin administrative law judge recently lifted the license suspension of a U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) psychiatrist in a Tomah medical facility who was infamously known as “Candy Man,” an article in the Journal Sentinel reported on April 12.

David Houlihan was suspended from his work in January of 2015 and was discharged in November of the same year after an investigation found that he was over prescribing controlled medications to his patients. A 35-year-old veteran under Houlihan’s care reportedly died after being over-prescribed opiates.

After a two-day hearing, Jennifer Nashold ruled to lift Houlihan’s license suspension after the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Division of Legal Services failed to establish the necessity of continuing the suspension, as Houlihan’s disciplinary proceedings have not yet concluded. Nashold argued that it is an extreme measure to order an emergency suspension to a person who has not yet been convicted of any wrongdoing.