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Local doctor to appear before state Board of Medicine committee

Dr. Francis Moffitt

A Fredericksburg doctor has been summoned to appear before a committee of the Virginia Board of Medicine to answer allegations about his “disruptive” behavior.

Dr. Francis Moffitt, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Southpointe OBGYN, is scheduled to appear before the committee April 25 in Richmond. The panel will hear complaints about Moffitt, based on incidents that occurred while he was working in Roanoke. They include:

* In February 2011, he impersonated another doctor on the telephone to receive the results of a patient’s CT scan.

* In February 2011, he failed to record his treatment of a patient in her chart, or consult with a second doctor when he referred the patient to that doctor. As a result, the patient was scheduled to have two surgeries by the two doctors on the same day. The medical board says that when the second doctor confronted Moffitt about the confusion, he “blew up” at the other doctor.

* In November 2010, he used “unprofessional and inflammatory” language about another doctor in a patient’s chart.

* From September 2009 to February 2011, he failed to make timely entries of his treatments of 10 patients in their charts.

After hearing from Moffitt, the committee can clear him of the allegations, or impose a range of punishments, from a fine to a reprimand or probation.

Moffitt could not be reached for comment this morning. He joined the Spotsylvania County practice last year.

Dana Tate, president of Dantra Healthcare and the owner of Southpointe OBGYN, said this morning that he talked with Moffitt about the complaints before hiring him. Tate described them as “administrative” rather than “clinical.”

“I believe that they’re baseless and seem to indicate a sour relationship with a physician colleague from his previous practice,” Tate said. “I stand by him 1,000 percent.”