License of Brownstown Township Physician Summarily Suspended

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

March 10, 2004

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the osteopathic medicine and surgery license of John W. Struthers, D.O., for failing to comply with an order of the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (Board).

The MDCH Bureau of Health Professions orders a summary suspension when it believes that the public’s health, safety, and welfare warrant emergency action. On October 4, 2001, the Board disciplined Struthers for negligent and incompetent treatment of a patient’s leg and back pain.

Struthers’ license was limited to prohibit Struthers from performing major surgeries, including hip and knee joint replacement procedures. On December 17, 2003, Struthers’ clinical staff privileges at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, Michigan, were suspended after it was learned that contrary to the Board order, he had performed at least 15 joint replacement surgeries.

On February 27, 2004, MDCH issued an order summarily suspending Struthers’ license. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Struthers’ license.

More information about disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards is available on the MDCH website at: http://www.michigan.gov/mdch, then select the Health Systems and Licensing link.