Surf City doctor’s license suspended for drug use, substandard care, conduct
SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — A Surf City doctor’s license has been suspended after the NC Medical Board says he violated several standards for being a doctor in North Carolina, including drug abuse, substandard care and conduct issues.
Dr. Timothy Han’s license is suspended indefinitely. He must also pay a fine of $5,000.
Han agreed in August 2013 not to practice medicine until the Medical Board cleared him. He was later diagnosed as an opiate abuser, which a doctor who examined Han said keeps Han from safely practicing medicine. The Medical Board agreed.
In December 2012 Surf City Police arrested Han for domestic assault after a fight with his wife. Police searched his two homes and seized two travel bags with three handguns, vials with various medicines, one vial with an unknown substance, a hand-written ledger, spring loaded knives and $22,000 in cash. Police also found documents showing Han had ordered anabolic steroids from the Republic of Moldova and had them shipped to his practice.
Han, who practices addiction and anti-aging medicine, used surplus testosterone from the supply intended for his patients, the Medical Board says. The board’s report says he told a Medical Board investigator he had his brother, a doctor in Wisconsin, write him a prescription for testosterone, but he never filled it. He could not provide the prescription or the medical chart his brother created when he wrote the prescription.
A May 2013 drug testing required by the Medical Board revealed two anabolic steroids in Han’s system. The drugs trenbolone and boldenone are illegal without a prescription, which Han did not have. The Medical Board report says Surf City police found what appears to be schedules for cycling on and off steroids at Han’s home.
The report also includes allegations Han provided substandard care for his patients, and that after he got out of jail he spent a night or two at the home of a female patient, who gave him some of her prescription medicine to help with the opiate withdrawal Han said he started to experience in jail.
Han must wait a year until he can reapply for his license. First, though, he must provide evidence of treatment for psychiatric and substance abuse problems.
The Medical Board met in August to consider Han’s case and issued its decision last week. Han did not attend the hearing. Monday he told the StarNews the accusations were untrue and that the Medical Board has an agenda.
There is still an active police investigation in to Han and his suspected involvement in illegal drug activities, according to the Medical Board’s report.
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