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Las Vegas doctor sues Medical Board over reprimand

Las Vegas Sun, September 13, 2011

A Las Vegas surgeon has filed suit against the state Board of Medical Examiners after the board publicly reprimanded him for a heated argument with the family of a hospitalized 14 year old. Dr. James S. Tate's lawsuit is aimed at stopping the board from carrying out its discipline — a reprimand, $1,000 fine and 10 hours of continuing medical education. The board Friday found Tate's behavior brought disrepute on the medical profession. The suit, filed by Tate's lawyer Jacob Hafter, said there was no evidence in the record that the medical profession was brought into disrepute. The suit also says Tate was not permitted to speak at the board meeting before being judged guilty of the count.