Detroit Physician Has License Summarily Suspended

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

October 5, 2007

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the license to practice medicine of Pornpichit Sethavarangura, M.D. The MDCH Bureau of Health Professions orders a summary suspension when it believes that the public's health, safety, and welfare warrant emergency action.

Sethavarangura's license was summarily suspended based on his willingness to perform pregnancy terminations in violation of the 24 hour waiting period and willingness to perform pregnancy terminations on a minor without the presence or consent of a parent. Additionally, his documentation in patient charts was routinely substandard and he failed to keep appropriate inventories and records for prescription drugs and controlled substances kept in the office. Sethavarangura also improperly disposed of hazardous materials such as materials or tissues extracted during procedures, disposal of needles, patient coverings, table coverings, gauze and other materials.

On September 25, 2007, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Sethavarangura's medical license. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Sethavarangura's 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.