Physician Profile Descriptions

The Medical Board of California (Board) wants you to be an informed patient. A physician’s profile contains all the information available to the Board and authorized by the law to be posted about a physician. Important information on the profile includes the fact the physician is licensed, the status of the physician’s license, and whether or not the physician has had any administrative or disciplinary action taken against his or her license by the Board or another State or Federal Government Agency. The profile also includes information regarding the physician’s practice location and the physician’s specialty or areas of practice. Lastly, at the bottom of the physician’s profile are links to the actual documents related to the actions the Board has available on a physician. In order to obtain all the information regarding a physician, it is recommended that you review all of these documents. Please be sure when you are reviewing a physician’s profile to review the entire profile by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the physician’s profile.

The sample physician profile below can be used to assist you in understanding the information on the physician’s profile. Please scroll over and click on the various titles below to obtain definitions and important information to assist you when reviewing a physician’s profile.

All of this information will aid you in making an informed decision about a physician. However, should you have additional questions, you may contact the Medical Board of California at 1-800-633-2322 or via email at webmaster@mbc.ca.gov. In addition, the Board recommends that if you have any questions regarding the information posted on a physician’s profile you discuss that information with the physician.

License NumberCurrent DateNameLicense TypeLicense StatusFee ExemptionSecondary StatusExpiration DateSchool NameGraduation DateOriginal Issue DateAddress of RecordSurvey InformationAre You RetiredActivities in MedicinePatient Care Practice LocationPatient Care Secondary LocationTelemedicine Practice LocationTelemedicine Secondary Practice LocationCurrent Training StatusAreas of PracticeBoard CertificationsPostgraduate Training YearsCultural BackgroundForeign Language ProficiencyGenderAdministrative Disciplinary ActionsCourt OrderMisdemeanor ConvictionProbationary LicenseFelony ConvictionMalpractice JudgmentHospital Disciplinary ActionLicense Issued With PLRAdministrative Citation IssuedAdministrative Action Taken by OthersArbitration Award

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License Number
Represents the license number given to the physician by the Medical Board of California when the physician’s and surgeon’s license was issued. When the License Type is included with this number, it is unique to the individual physician.
Current Date
This date and time is placed on the Physician Profile based on when it is opened for viewing.
Name
Represents the name the physician submitted on the application for a physician’s and surgeon’s license or the name that was provided by the physician through an official name change request. This is the name the licensee should be using to practice medicine in the State of California.
License Type
Represents the physician’s pathway to licensure for a physician as described below:
  • License Type ‘A’ - The physician is a U.S. or Canadian medical school graduate whose pathway to licensure was based on: 1) The Federation Licensing Exam (FLEX), United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), or Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) written examination and has been licensed less than four years in another state, OR 2) An international medical school graduate whose pathway to licensure was based on the above exams or approved combinations of the National Board Medical Exam (NBME), FLEX, and USMLE.
  • License Type ‘C’ - The physician is a U.S., Canadian, or international medical school graduate whose pathway to licensure was based on licensure in another state for four or more years.
  • License Type ‘G’ - The physician is a U.S. or Canadian medical school graduate whose pathway to licensure was based on the NBME examination.
License Status
This status indicates the physician’s primary license status with the Medical Board of California as described below:
Current
Delinquent
Renewal Pending
Cancelled
Deceased
Revoked
Surrendered
Current Temp
Family Support Suspension
Denied Renewal
Fee Exemption
The physician has a license, however, it is limited as defined by the following classifications:
Disabled
Military
Retired
Voluntary Service
Secondary Status
This status displays important additional information relating to the physician’s license as described below:
Accu Filed and Pend Against Licensee
Suspended
Pract Temp Restr/Susp by Admin Law Judge
Pract Temp Restr or Susp by Court Judge
Suspended Pursuant Section 2236.1
Prt/Full Lic Rest Pursu Penal Cde Sec 23
Susp by Another State or Fed Government
Limitations on Practice
License Suspended Pursuant to B&P Code section 494.5
Probation – Licensee Placed on Probation
Prob/Susp-Prob Includes Actual Susp
Probationary License
Probation Completed
Prior Probation Completed
Public Reprimand
Licensing PLR Issued (Non Disciplinary)
Other Disciplinary Decision
Non-Completion of Probation
Stay Order Issued Stop Exec. of Decision
Order Vacating Decision
Citation Issued
Citation Resolved
Misdemeanor Conviction
Felony Conviction
Disciplined by Other State/Fed Govt
Hospital Discipline per B&P Code section 805
Malpractice Judgment
Arbitration Award
Malpractice Settlements
Voluntary Limitations on Practice
Inactive
Expiration Date
Represents the date the physician’s license expires, if not renewed.
School Name
Represents the name of the medical school where the physician graduated.
Date of Graduation
Represents the physician’s medical school graduation date. In some instances, the month and date of graduation may not be available. Thus, the graduation date will display as ‘01/01/YYYY’ with the ‘YYYY’ representing the year of graduation.
Original Issuance Date
Represents the date the physician’s license was initially issued by the Board.
Address of Record
Represents the physician’s public address of record as supplied to the Board by the physician. This address may not represent the physician’s actual practice location.
Survey Information
The information listed in this section is self-reported by the physician via a Physician Survey at time of licensure and license renewal. The information is not verified by the Board but is compiled and publicly disclosed in accordance with the law.
Are You Retired?
Displays the physician’s response to being retired from the practice of medicine. This does not necessarily correspond to the physician’s status, which may not reflect Retired in the ‘Fee Exemption’ field.
Activities in Medicine
Displays the physician’s response to the number of hours per week worked in the categories of ‘Patient Care,’ ‘Telehealth,’ ‘Administration,’ ‘Research,’ ‘Teaching,’ and ‘Other’.
Patient Care Practice Location
Displays the physician’s response identifying the primary practice location by zip code and county.
Patient Care Secondary Location
Displays the physician’s response identifying the secondary practice location by zip code and county.
Telemedicine Practice Location
Displays the physician’s response identifying the primary telemedicine practice location by zip code and county.
Telemedicine Secondary Practice Location
Displays the physician’s response identifying the secondary telemedicine practice location by zip code and county.
Current Training Status
Identifies whether the physician is currently training as a resident or fellow, or currently not in training.
Areas of Practice
Identifies the physician’s primary and/or secondary specialty practice areas, e.g., cardiology, pediatrics, etc.
Board Certifications
Medical specialty certification is a voluntary process granted by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a private organization, or other equivalent board. Board certification is not required by the Medical Board for a physician to practice. This portion of the profile, reported by the physician, displays the board certifications obtained.
Postgraduate Training Years
Indicates the number of years of postgraduate training completed by the physician.
Cultural Background
Displays the physician’s cultural background(s). For some profiles, this information is not displayed at the request of the physician.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Displays the physician’s foreign language proficiencies. For some profiles, this information is not displayed at the request of the physician.
Gender
Displays the physician’s gender. For some profiles, this information is not displayed at the request of the physician.
Administrative Disciplinary Actions
An administrative disciplinary action is any action taken by the Board against a physician’s license. This action is the result of a violation or alleged violation of the Medical Practice Act after an investigation has been completed by the Board. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no actions available for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the Board has taken an action against the physician’s license. To view this action click on the word “Found” and on the following screen, click on the “URL Link” to see a list of the Board’s public documents relating to the individual.
If applicable, the information publicly disclosed lists the following:
Accusation, petition to revoke, or accusation and petition to revoke
Revocation of license
Surrender of license
License placed on probation
Suspension/cease practice order, interim suspension order, automatic suspension order, out-of-state suspension order, stipulated agreement to suspend or restrict the practice of medicine
Other decisions
Public reprimand
Petition for reconsideration granted
Stay order granted
Court Order
This is an order issued by a municipal, criminal, or superior court judge. The order will contain a suspension or restriction of the physician’s ability to practice medicine. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no actions available for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number is listed, the Board has received a court order related to the physician’s practice. To view this action, click on the word “Found,” and on the following screen, click on the “URL Link” to see a list of the Board’s public documents relating to the individual.
Misdemeanor Convictions
The law requires the Board to post all misdemeanor convictions resulting in a disciplinary action or an accusation that is not subsequently withdrawn or dismissed. In addition, upon receipt of a certified copy of an expungement order, the Board will post notification of the expungement order. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no convictions that meet the reporting requirements. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the physician has received a misdemeanor conviction that meets the reporting requirements. To view information regarding this conviction, click on the word “Found.” The information on the subsequent screen will provide the Court, Docket, Description of Action, Sentence and Effective Date of Action. Although a URL link is listed on the public disclosure screen, there is no public document available from the Board concerning this action. However, more information regarding this misdemeanor conviction can be found by looking at the Accusation and/or Decision found under the Administrative Disciplinary Action field on the physician’s profile. Please be aware that not all misdemeanors are listed, only those that resulted in the Board filing an accusation or taking disciplinary action.
Probationary License
The physician was issued a license on a probationary basis subject to terms and conditions. The physician can practice medicine unless otherwise specified. The probation has not been completed as long as this information is listed on the profile. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no actions available for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the Board has issued a probationary license to the physician. To view the probationary license document, click on the word “Found” and on the following screen, click on the “URL Link” to take you to a list of the Board’s public documents relating to the individual.
Felony Conviction
The law requires that the Board be notified of felony convictions related to a physician. The information provided only includes felony convictions that are known to the Board. All felony convictions known to the Board are reviewed and administrative action is taken only if it is determined that a violation of the Medical Practice Act occurred. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no felony convictions available to the Board for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the physician has received a felony conviction. To view information regarding this conviction click on the word “Found.” The information on the subsequent screen will provide the Court, Docket, Description of Action, Sentence and Effective Date of Action. Although a URL link is listed on the public disclosure screen, there is no public document available from the Board concerning this action. For more information regarding felony convictions, contact the court of jurisdiction. If the Board has taken action based upon the felony conviction, more information regarding the felony conviction can also be found by looking at the documents found under the Administrative Disciplinary Action field on the physician’s profile.
Malpractice Judgment
The law requires the Board be notified of all malpractice judgments for damages for death or personal injury caused by the physician’s alleged negligence, error, omission in practice, or by his or her rendering of unauthorized professional services. The Medical Board reviews all such reported judgments and takes action if it is determined that a violation of the Medical Practice Act occurred. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no malpractice judgments reported to the Board for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the physician has received a malpractice judgment. To view information regarding this judgment click on the word “Found.” The information on the subsequent screen will provide the Court, Docket, Judgment Amount, and Date of Action. Although a URL link is listed on the public disclosure screen, there is no public document available from the Board concerning this action. The Medical Board is prohibited by law from releasing a copy of the judgment report or any other information concerning the judgment. For more information contact the court of jurisdiction. If the Board has taken action based upon the malpractice judgment, more information regarding the judgment may be found by looking at the documents under the Administrative Disciplinary Action field on the physician’s profile.
Hospital Disciplinary Action
The law requires the Board be notified if a healthcare facility terminates or revokes a physician’s staff privileges to provide healthcare services at the facility and it was based upon a medical disciplinary cause or reason. The Medical Board reviews all such reported actions and takes action if it is determined that a violation of the Medical Practice Act occurred. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no hospital disciplinary action reported to the Board meeting the requirements for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the physician has received a hospital disciplinary action. To view information regarding this action click on the word “Found.” The information on the subsequent screen will provide the Healthcare Facility, Description of Action and Effective Date of Action. Although a URL link is listed on the public disclosure screen, there is no public document available from the Board concerning this action. The Medical Board is prohibited by law from releasing a copy of the action or any other information concerning the action. If the Board has taken action based upon the hospital disciplinary action, more information regarding the action may be found by looking at the documents under the Administrative Disciplinary Action field on the physician’s profile.
License Issued with Public Letter of Reprimand (Non-Disciplinary)
The Medical Board of California may concurrently issue the physician a medical license and a Public Letter of Reprimand for a minor violation that does not require probationary status or warrant denial of licensure. The issuance of a Public Letter of Reprimand is not considered disciplinary action and is not reported to the National Practitioner Databank or the Federation of State Medical Boards. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no actions available for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the Board has issued a Public Letter of Reprimand to the physician. To view the Public Letter of Reprimand, click on the word “Found” and on the following screen, click on the “URL Link” to take you to a list of the Board’s public documents relating to the individual.
Administrative Citation Issued
A citation and/or fine was issued to a physician for a minor violation of the law. This is not considered disciplinary action under California law but is an administrative action. Payment of the fine amount represents satisfactory resolution of this matter. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no citations available for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the Board has issued a Citation to the physician. To view the Citation, click on the word “Found” and on the following screen, click on the “URL Link” to take you to a list of the Board’s public documents relating to the individual.
Administrative Action Taken by Other State or Federal Government
The Board is notified if a physician licensed in California has had action taken against a license the physician holds in another state/federal government agency. The Medical Board reviews all such reported actions and takes action if it is determined that a violation of the Medical Practice Act occurred. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has not had any other state of federal government action reported to the Board for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the physician has had other state or federal government action reported to the Board. To view information regarding this action click on the word “Found.” The information on the subsequent screen will provide the Jurisdiction, Description of Action and Date of Action. Although a URL link is listed on the public disclosure screen, there is no public document available from the Board concerning this action. For more information or verification, contact the agency under the Jurisdiction. If the Board has taken action based upon the other state or federal government action, more information regarding the action may be found by looking at the documents under the Administrative Disciplinary Action field on the physician’s profile.
Arbitration Award
The law requires the Board be notified of all arbitration awards for damages for death or personal injury caused by the physician’s alleged negligence, error, omission in practice, or by his or her rendering of unauthorized professional services. An arbitration award is a payment for damages in a civil case. The Medical Board reviews all such reported arbitration awards, and action is taken only if it is determined that a violation of the Medical Practice Act occurred. If the words “None found” are listed to the right of this title, the physician has no arbitration awards reported to the Board for public disclosure. If the word “Found,” followed by a number, is listed, the physician has paid an arbitration award. To view information regarding this judgment click on the word “Found.” The information on the subsequent screen will provide the Arbitrator, Docket Number, Amount of Award, and Date of Action. Although a URL link is listed on the public disclosure screen, there is no public document available from the Board concerning this action. The Medical Board is prohibited by law from releasing a copy of the arbitration award report or any other information concerning the award. If the Board has taken action based upon the arbitration award, more information regarding the award may be found by looking at the documents under the Administrative Disciplinary Action field on the physician’s profile.