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How to find out if doctors have faced disciplinary action from medical board

Local doctor facing accusation for patient's death
Posted at 6:46 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 00:32:21-04

BAKERSFIELD, CA. — Patient safety advocate, Marian Hollingsworth, urges everyone to do their research and look up their doctor's record.

"If you find out that your doctor is on probation for taking out the wrong kidney, you might not want to have that doctor as your surgeon," said Hollingsworth.

Local OBGYN, Arthur M. Park, is facing an accusation filed with the Medical Board of California that claims he is responsible for the death of a 23-year-old woman who died after giving birth in 2016.

Documents show park was an on-call doctor at San Joaquin Hospital, now known as Adventist Health.

Park was previously placed on a three year probation for negligence related to the delivery of two babies in the 90s.

All that information is available to the public on the Medical Board of California website, as well as an application for your cellphone.

"Every physician in California has a page that has a wealth of information for consumers to look at including if they have ever been disciplined by the medical board," said Carlos Villatoro, the public information officer for the Medical Board of California.

You can also look up whether or not doctors have accusations against them. That means the medical board has found that a doctor violated the standard of care and could face further discipline -- including probation.

But that doesn't mean their license will be taken away.

"If a doctor is placed on probation he or she is still likely to be practicing," said Hollingsworth.

To look up a doctor's record, click here.