Child-porn suspect who was pediatric oncologist loses his medical license

This case is one of a few that the Ohio Medical Board acted on this month.
MCT Regional News
Aug 22, 2013

Dr. Christopher Pelloski, the pediatric radiation oncologist who in July left Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center amid child-pornography charges, now is prohibited from practicing medicine in Ohio.

His is one of a few central Ohio cases that the Ohio Medical Board acted on this month.

In an agreement approved last week, Pelloski did not admit guilt but agreed to an indefinite suspension of his license, given the criminal case against him.

Pelloski, 39, is charged with downloading child pornography. He directed the pediatric radiation-oncology program at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which does not have its own program, routinely refers cancer patients there.

Pelloski’s patients have been referred to other doctors, and his departure did not interrupt any research projects at the university, a Wexner Medical Center spokesman said last month.

Pelloski had been at the James since he was recruited in 2010. He is charged with one count of receipt of child pornography, which is punishable by five to 20 years in federal prison.

Dr. Raymond Gruenther, who previously practiced in the Mount Carmel Medical Group New Albany office, also entered into an agreement with the board that says his license will be suspended for at least a year after the board cited him for allegedly substandard care of at least 10 patients from 2005 to 2010.

Gruenther, 64, who hasn’t worked in the practice since late last year, will have to meet a number of conditions before the board will consider reinstating his license. That includes education on prescribing narcotics and maintaining medical records.

The board accused Gruenther of prescribing patients more and more of the painkiller oxycodone without taking appropriate steps to document their care, assess their pain or address signs of abuse. He also neglected to pursue non-narcotic pain-care options for several patients, the board said.

Dr. Michael Bomser, who formerly worked with Central Ohio Primary Care Hospitalists on Olentangy River Road, was cited by the board for allegations including writing prescriptions for painkillers that he intended to take himself and hiring prostitutes.

Joan Wehrle, a board spokeswoman, said Bomser hasn’t practiced since late last year and his medical license was inactive as of July.

According to board documents, Bomser, 45, underwent a psychiatric exam in June, and the doctor concluded that he has anxiety and sexual disorders. The doctor also concluded that Bomser is currently incapable of practicing medicine.

His former employer asked him to resign in December 2012, according to board documents.

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By Misti Crane - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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