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Donald E. Soli, M.D. (1922-2002), who practiced in Reno, Nevada, was disciplined twice by the Nevada Board of Medicine. In 1984 the board charged him with unprofessional conduct, writing prescriptions for controlled substances in excessive amounts, and without an appropriate exam, and falsifying medical records. He was summarily suspended pending resolution of the case, which took place in a few months later when the board entered a stipulation under which his Nevada he was placed on probation for five years and was barred from prescribing, administering, or dispensing controlled substances. His probation ended in 1990, but the controlled substance restriction was made permanent.
In June 1998, Dr. Soli was charged with 2 counts of violation of malpractice and 1 count of repeated malpractice. Two months later, the board placed him on five years' probation, and issued the following letter of reprimand which summarized the case:
Dear Dr. Soli:
On August 14, 1998, you entered a plea of no contest to counts one, two and three of the complaint filed against you on June 15, 1998. Those counts read as follow:
COUNT ONE: That Patient A was a patient of yours and had been a patient of yours for several years. That you gave Patient A chelation therapy treatment for a diagnosis of arteriosclerotic vascular disease, lower extremity vascular disease, and that Patient A was seen by another physician who referred Patient A to a vascular surgeon, and Patient A received an amputation of his leg below the knee. That your failure to properly treat or appropriately refer Patient A constituted malpractice.
COUNT TWO: That Patient B was a patient of yours and was seen and treated by you in June and August of 1994, presenting with rectal bleeding and other GI symptoms. That you took no action to evaluate Patient B's rectal bleeding. That Patient B was seen by another physician in March of 1995, at which time a large rectal carcinoma was detected. That your failure to properly treat or refer Patient B constituted malpractice.
COUNT THREE: That the malpractice committed by you on Patients A and B constituted repeated malpractice.
- That as a result of your plea of no contest to all three counts of the complaint, the board entered its order as follows:
- That you be issued a public reprimand;
- That, in addition to the standard 40 hours of continuing medical education requirements, you attend seventeen hours of AMA Category I continuing medical education in the area of proper record-keeping practices;
- That you pay the sum of $4,000.00 as and for all administrative expenses incurred in the investigation and hearing preparation process;
- That your license to practice medicine in the state of Nevada be revoked; and
- That the revocation of your license to practice medicine in the state of Nevada be stayed and you be placed on probation for a term of five years upon the following terms and conditions:
a. Payment of the costs as ordered;
b. Completion of the CME as ordered;
c. That during the term of your probation you are precluded from using the EAV Dermatron machine or any other such similar machine as the sole source of medical diagnosis of patients. That all your records shall reflect that you have exercised the skill or diligence or used the methods ordinarily exercised under the same circumstances by physicians in good standing in the same specialty or field;
d. That during the term of your probation you shall not engage in the practice of any type of Chelation Therapy, including but not limited to EDTA Chelation Therapy. That you shall not refer patients to other health care professionals or physicians, either M.D.s, D.O.s, or H.M.D.s, for Chelation Therapy. Specifically, you shall refrain from any and all use, recommendation, payment for, fee splitting, or participation in any manner whatsoever in the treatment of any patient by Chelation Therapy. That you shall contact the American College for the Advancement of Medicine and request that it remove your name from its list of physicians specializing in Chelation Therapy and all other specialties listed therein; and
e. That your practice of medicine be limited to Allergy and General Practice. That all your patient records shall contain all tests, diagnostic methods, histories and physical examinations conducted by you on the patients to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment of your patients.
Accordingly, it is my unpleasant duty as President of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners to formally and publicly reprimand you for your conduct, which has brought personal and professional discredit upon you, and which reflects unfavorably upon the medical profession as a whole.
Arne D. Rosencrantz, President
Nevada Board of Medicine