Ex-Chargers' Team Physician on Probation: California Medical Board

The California Medical Board has placed the former San Diego Chargers' team physician on a five-year probation

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    The California Medical Board has placed the former San Diego Chargers' team physician on a five-year probation. 

     

    On Friday, as part of a stipulated settlement, David Chao, M.D. had his license revoked but that revocation is stayed for five years
    while he is on probation.

     

    He was accused of committing gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and acts of dishonesty or corruption.

     

    Chao's attorney Robert Frank issued the following statement: "The final conclusion of the Medical Board's investigation is a victory for Dr. Chao and the thousands of patients that seek his help. It confirms his ability to continue to perform surgery and practice medicine. It puts an end to the speculation about a possible interruption to his orthopedic/sports medicine practice."

    Frank also added that he recently had shoulder surgery performed by Chao.

    "No one in the legal/judicial world knows more about Dr. Chao than me and he successfully performed shoulder surgery on me a few weeks ago," his attorney said.

    NBC 7 Investigates first reported that the medical board filed a complaint against Chao based on complaints from three patients.

    One allegedly suffered neurological problems and further complications after having surgery according to the complaint.

    The Medical Board issued a public reprimand against Chao in May 2013 after it determined that he was "dishonest" when he failed to reveal a misdemeanor DUI Conviction on applications to work as a medical evaluator for workers' compensation cases.

    In June 2013, Chao decided to step down from his role as team doctor for the San Diego Chargers based on health reasons.