Flint Podiatrist Loses License

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

April 5, 2005

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the license to practice podiatric medicine and surgery of Jeffery S. Cooke, D.P.M., based on his felony convictions in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Oakland County, Michigan. Cooke failed to report his convictions to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On September 28, 2004, Cooke was convicted of 30 felony counts of Health Care Fraud – False Claim and six felony counts of False Pretenses - $20,000.00 or More. As a result, Cooke was sentenced to 365 days of electronic monitoring, ordered to pay costs in the amount of $11,820.00 and restitution in the amount of $637,005.28, and placed on probation for five years with terms.

On March 23, 2005, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Cooke’s license pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional’s license upon the conviction of a felony. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Cooke’s podiatric medicine and surgery license.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/mdch, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.