Friday, June 15, 2012

Dr. Smith is still, well, Dr. Smith.

The state medical board renewed Dr. Smith's medical license recently. Charlie Smith reported in the Greenwood Commonwealth:

"Dr. Arnold Smith has renewed his medical license for another year, even as he sits behind bars on murder charges.

It had been set to expire on June 30 but is now extended through June 30, 2013, according to records from the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure.

The board held a hearing regarding the Greenwood oncologist on May 29 in Ridgeland. Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said he received a subpoena from the board requiring the presence of Smith, who is being held without bond at the county jail.

Banks said he arranged for security in Madison County at the hearing. It was held at 4:30 p.m., after office workers there had gone home, Banks said. The sheriff said he didn’t know the results.

Dr. Vann Craig, executive director of the Board of Medical Licensure, said no formal action has been taken by the board and that Smith’s license is active through 2013.

“Until such time as we have something solid, the board has no dog in this hunt,” Craig said.

When asked if Smith could resume practicing medicine freely if he was released from jail, Craig said, “The answer to your question basically is yes.”

All physician licenses are renewed online, he said. Doctors pay a $200 renewal fee with a credit card, he said.

State law says the Board of Medical Licensure can take disciplinary action against a doctor for unprofessional conduct, professional incompetency or if the physician has been disciplined by hospital or a local, regional, state or national medical association. It can also take action based on mental or physical disability.

Doctors under investigation are entitled to a hearing and can appeal the decision in chancery court.

Smith has been investigated before but never punished. For example, a complaint filed last summer questioning Smith’s mental competency was dismissed.

William Bell of Ridgeland, Smith’s lead attorney, could not be reached for comment this morning..."


Anonymous said...

I just renewed mine, and I think there was a question about having been accused of a felony on there. Maybe it was just if you had been _convicted_ of a felony though.

When are his hospital priveleges up for review or renewal?

Shadowfax said...

Sounds reasonable to me. He ain't been found guilty of nothin'.

Anonymous said...

These are the folks who constantly carp about crooked lawyers needing their licenses revoked. Good for the goose, Good for the gander . . .

Anonymous said...

Smith isn't charged with being a crooked doctor. Apples and Oranges, dumbass.

Franklin said...

Apples and Oranges???!!

When a doctor sworn to protect life, instead takes one. And is videotaped hiring the killer??!!

Anonymous said...

Apparently you have trouble with reading comprehension, or are an attorney yourself. 12:46 was trying to smack the posters here that call for unscrupulous, crooked lawyers having their licenses revoked. Murdering doctors will have their license revoked, if found guilty. Crooked lawyers have always got their pals at the bar association to watch their backs. But, even the bar might take a license from a convicted lawyer.

Shadowfax said...

Newsflash: The man has been convincted of NOTHING. Crawl back in your holes.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the question about revocation of hospital privileges: Dr. Smith hasn't had privileges at Greenwood Leflore Hospital for many years. He is not allowed to admit his patients there, write orders, etc. Unfortunately, because his clinic has a long-term lease within the hospital facility, people continue to think that he is associated with the hospital. That lease runs out next year and it's a safe bet that it will not be renewed, no matter what the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Regarding the licensure board's decision, they have in the past been very diligent about revoking licenses for miscreant doctors. They're scared of Arnold Smith, who goes after anyone who crosses him with no holds barred. I believe videotaped evidence of plans to murder someone warrants a license revocation, even if he hasn't yet been tried.

Anonymous said...

Call me crazy, but what really caught my eye was that the office was deserted at 4:30 in the afternoon. I want that job.

Shadowfax said...

4:20. I doubt the term 'miscreant' exists in the handbook of the licensure board. What, other than your attitude and assumptions, do you have, factually, to base your opinion on? I watched a million cowboy shows as a youngster and never did agree with stringing a cowboy up just because.

Anonymous said...

Too bad there isn't a 12 step program for crazy as fuck. If there was, the board would sentence Smith to attend. He could then turn his life over to a God of his own understanding and be ok, or some bullshit to that effect.

Anonymous said...

I've had medical licenses in several states before and when you renew all of the ask if you've been arrested, not just convicted. I guess the the Miss Medical Board and all it's wisdom has given him a "pass." You can't get one for a DUI but you must be able to get one for being batshit crazy

Anonymous said...

All of this misunderstanding is
because of those damn Illuminati in Rolling Fork

Franklin said...

2:06 -- huh?

So in your bizarro world only lawyers are "crooked" short of conviction ? Cuz some might think a Dr. who videotapes himself hiring a killer, which killer is then shot by the police at the scene of the attempted murder is , say, uh.....whassa the word.......oh i know----crooked---and also kinda violated some key oaths, Hippocratic and otherwise , which oaths might just interest a licensing agency.

But if you instead wish a conviction before pulling a professional license I guess that's fair enough--and apples to apples.

KaptKangaroo said...


Yes, the man is guilty of nothing at this point.

However, trying to sanctify behavior as you do is no more endearing than the words you write.

Perhaps you should take some time to expand your thinking.....


Shadowfax said...

Root: I've not attempted to sanctify anything. Only pointing out that we can't convict the man on a web blog. I'm convinced he's wacky and dangerous as a three wheeled bumper car, but there's a process. I'm also convinced you and Moople are twins, separated last nite at Wild Wings.

meople said...

I thought you would have figured it out by now shamefulfax. We (they) certainly can crucify anyone on this blog with or without trial, with or without warrant. Get over it. And I am a little disappointed that you didn't glamour in my compliment earlier this week. I would be honored to be kapts twin.

Anonymous said...

Just because it was renewed for the annual renewal doesn't mean they aren't able to pull it whenever they deem necessary. I believe they are working to those ends. A lot of their investigations and intercedences aren't publicized.

Anonymous said...

Again. I agree with the good doc that this is nothing more than a set-up by the Rolling Fork Illuminati.

It all started when they began replacing his
dinette set with replica chairs.

Anonymous said...

I just find it hard to believe that the same board that makes doctors go for a psyche evaluation who are suspected of being bipolar is going to do nothing about a doctor that is off his damn rocker and is obviously delusional. Part of the paralysis is that the board lets the Mississippi Professionals Health Program intercede on doctors with substance and behavior problems. MPHP is run by a bunch of 12 steppers, headed by Dr. Scott Hambleton, who went to rehab multiple times before he saw the light. Smith case probably isn't unique historically, but his issue certainly presents a problem to the MPHP, he just doesn't fit the 12 step recovery model. At best, he could be sent to the Professionals Enhancement Program, or "happy camp" that disruptive doctors who piss enough people off get to attend. I would love to see first meeting where everyone introduced themselves and tells why they are there. "I am Arnold Smith, my town is run by Muslim Illuminati, and I hired some blacks outside of Lusco's to kill the head of the syndicate." Holy shit, you just can't fix crazy. I suspect that once he goes to trial and gets found guilty, Van Craig will have the balls to jerk his license. The board, however, is charged with protecting the public interest, and should take Smith's license now due to it's obligation to the public. Shame on you Craig for being such a wimp.

Anonymous said...

Smith has already had an initial psych eval that suggested "problems" and a full evaluation before a hearing. I've been told that the outgoing President has an order drafted to temporarily pull Smith's license immediately if he gets out (pending a full and formal hearing). The incoming President will do the same.

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