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Board revokes licenses of 2 E.V. doctors

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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 4:30 am | Updated: 6:28 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona Medical Board has revoked the licenses of two East Valley doctors — a longtime obstetrician previously in trouble for Internet prescribing and a Gilbert anesthesiologist with a history of substance abuse.

The board hasn’t heard from Dr. Thomas J. Grade since June, when he faxed a letter surrendering his license and blaming his “alleged behavior” on medication he received to treat a herniated disc.

In April, police broke through a barricade and shocked Grade with a Taser after his wife called them to their Gilbert home, according to police and board records. Family and friends had gathered there to encourage Grade to get treatment, but he shoved his wife and locked himself in the basement, police said.

Charges of assault and domestic violence are pending in city court.

The board restricted Grade’s license in 2005 in connection with the death of a patient and treatment of another with pain medications.

Dr. Marvin Gibbs, who practiced in Tempe and Mesa, most recently treated men for sexual dysfunction, and had been practicing on a suspended license, according to the board.

He was denied hospital privileges at Banner Mesa Medical Center, then Mesa Lutheran, and began prescribing medicine over the Internet.

From October 2000 to December 2001, Gibbs prescribed more than 1 million doses of Xanax, Vicodin, Soma and other drugs through three online pharmacies, according to federal Drug Enforcement Administration and state medical board investigations.

In 2003 the board censured Gibbs, fined him $10,000 and put him on 10 years probation.

Gibbs opened a clinic in 2004 to treat men with sexual dysfunction, but the board suspended it. Gibbs appealed the suspension of his license in 2006. He was put on probation in February.

In April, the board suspended Gibbs’ license again after learning that he had been practicing and prescribing medication when his license was suspended the first time.

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