Ionia Doctor Has License Summarily Suspended

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

December 12, 2006

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the license to practice medicine of John F. Hildebrandt, M.D., based on his felony conviction in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division.

On April 19, 2006, Hildebrandt was convicted of one felony count of Mail Fraud. As a result, Hildebrandt was placed on probation for a period of two years with conditions and assessed a fine, restitution and fees in the amount of $194,106.

The conviction stemmed from Hildebrandt's controlled substance prescribing which, in part, aided and abetted patients in their submission of false claims to Medicaid and Express Scripts for payment of the prescriptions. Hildebrandt failed to report his conviction to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On November 29, 2006, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Hildebrandt'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 Hildebrandt's license to practice medicine.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.