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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
The Maryland Board of Physicians, which has faced scrutiny in recent months because of its backlog of cases and other problems, is getting a new leader, state health officials said Wednesday. Carole J. Catalfo will begin work as the executive director Feb. 21, according to Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "Carole Catalfo is the right person at the right time for the Board of Physicians," Sharfstein said. "She brings both deep experience in regulatory compliance and professional oversight and a fresh perspective on the challenges facing the board.
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NEWS
September 29, 2014
Much has been written recently about the path forward for University of Maryland University College ( "UMUC should focus on education, not business," Sept. 18). Like many Marylanders, I have a vested interest in UMUC. My father attended the university while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1955. This past May, two of my sons graduated from UMUC. I am proud of them and proud of the education they received. The university serves a critical and growing constituency - working adults and military service members.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1994
Christopher T. Cross, an assistant education secretary in the Bush administration, was elected president of the Maryland Board of Education yesterday.Mr. Cross, of Chevy Chase, was elected unanimously, replacing Robert C. Embry Jr. of Baltimore, who could not succeed himself as head of the 12-member board.Next Monday, Mr. Cross becomes president of the Council for Basic Education, a national organization that promotes the teaching of the basic subjects -- English, history, geography, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages and the arts -- and resists frills in education.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan urged state and federal investigators Thursday to probe the possible connection between large political donations to the Democratic Governors Association and the award of Maryland state contracts to donors. Hogan, the GOP nominee for governor, also called on federal investigators to widen their audit of Maryland's health exchange to examine whether state tax dollars were misspent on the faulty online insurance marketplace. He convened a news conference Thursday to allege what he called a pattern of "suspicious" donations and suggest that his opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, might be the beneficiary.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
The Maryland Board of Physicians is expected to get some advice Wednesday on how to reform itself, eight months after a legislative review found the panel was not working fast or efficiently enough to protect the public from bad doctors. Dr. Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, was expected to offer his recommendations for overhauling the system of reviewing complaints, which auditors said took far too long to be resolved. The board was also criticized for not having a uniform system of review and lacking transparency, sometimes in violation of open meetings laws.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2011
The state Board of Physicians has a serious backlog of complaints and a growing timeline for resolving it, according to a newly released legislative audit of the agency charged with protecting the public from bad doctors. It also isn't keeping complete records and its actions lack transparency, sometimes in violation of open meetings laws, the review says. The review comes ahead of the General Assembly session in January, when lawmakers are to consider reauthorizing the medical board, which expires under a "sunset" provision.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2010
Maryland's Board of Public Works approved a complicated land deal Wednesday that clears the way for work on State Center, a massive redevelopment project meant to enhance the western edge of the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. About a dozen developers partnering on the project appeared before the Board to express support for the deal. Neighborhood representatives said they've been satisfied with their dealings so far with the state and developers, but hope the back-and-forth will continue.
NEWS
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
The Maryland panel that oversees doctors in the state has charged a man with practicing medicine without a license just weeks after his father's license was suspended for putting autistic children at risk. The Maryland Board of Physicians says David Geier worked with his father, Dr. Mark Geier, at the Rockville and Owings Mills offices of Genetic Consultants of Maryland, where they used a drug therapy that autism experts say is based on junk science. The pair has built a national following among parents who believe autism is linked to the mercury in vaccines, a theory discredited by mainstream medicine.
BUSINESS
April 5, 1993
The Maryland Board of Examiners in Optometry announced that the following people passed the Dec. 13, 1992, license exam for optometrists:Louis J. EspejoGeorge FlocosLynn HealeyLisa A. JohnsonGregory T. KommCarole LevinReeta Raina
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
A Maryland nurse now serving jail time in Ohio for having unwanted sexual contact with a woman in labor has surrendered his state nursing license. James Julian Lewis, 29, voluntarily surrendered his Maryland nursing license Feb. 18, though he pleaded guilty in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas to abusing a patient in December, according to court records. It's unclear where in Maryland Lewis was employed, if anywhere, or if he was working after he pleaded guilty. Local nursing regulators say there have been no complaints against him in Maryland.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
The state ethics board is reviewing one of the firms bidding to build and operate the Purple Line after the engineering company was acquired by another MTA contractor. Engineering design firm AECOM, which in 2011 was awarded an 8-year, $60-million contract with the MTA to oversee the Purple Line and the proposed Red Line in Baltimore, among other projects, announced in July that it had reached an agreement to acquire engineering and construction firm URS Corp. URS Corp. is the lead design company for a group known as the Maryland Purple Line Partners, one of four groups that have been short-listed by the state to submit proposals for what will be a public-private partnership with the state to build the transit line linking Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
NEWS
September 3, 2014
Those who thought that Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown would seek to ignore the fact that he faces competition in November's general election appear to be wrong. But to say that he is engaging with Republican nominee Larry Hogan isn't exactly right either. Rather, the Democrat and presumed front-runner for governor has been busily criticizing a version of Mr. Hogan of his own invention while skating away from substantive debate about any of the actual issues in the race. It may be smart politics, but it's depressing democracy.
NEWS
June 29, 2014
The June 26 "Opinion Poll" asked readers if they will vote for Anthony Brown or Larry Hogan in the gubernatorial general election. A simple query of the Maryland Board of Elections will readily reveal that there are, in fact, three candidates on the ballot. Can The Sun's editors simply ask the only proper question: select from Mr. Brown, Mr. Hogan, and Shawn Quinn, the Libertarian Party candidate? Robert E. Glaser, Owings Mills The writer is secretary of the Maryland Libertarian Party.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Revelations that a former Catonsville doctor obtained his Maryland medical license despite having a rape conviction on his record is sparking a push for criminal background checks of physicians - a proposal that has failed and been ignored in recent years. As recently as 2013, state lawmakers considered a bill that encouraged checks for a wide range of health care providers, including doctors. It breezed through hearings and appeared headed for passage, but was pulled after a dispute over a single word, and was not reintroduced in this year's General Assembly session.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
Last week, the Maryland Board of Physicians, in conjunction with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, requested an investigation from the Office of the Inspector General into matters related to the 1996 licensure of William Dando ( "Allegany doctor pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting patient," June 10). This action is reflective of the steadfast commitment to improvement and transparency that the Board of Physicians has embraced since my appointment by Gov. Martin O'Malley to chair the board two years ago. The board has enacted almost every recommendation made in the 2011 Department of Legislative Services audit as well as those from the independent review report issued by University of Maryland, Baltimore President Dr. Jay Perman and colleagues.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
If patients in Maryland want to learn about complaints or concerns about their doctors, there is little that can be made public under state law. But that's not the case in all states. Complaints made to medical licensing boards are made public in nine states, according to the Federation of State Medical Boards. Here and in most of the rest of the country, complaints are kept confidential. The Maryland Board of Physicians makes allegations public only when it has taken action to discipline a doctor.
NEWS
June 14, 2001
ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Board of Public Works approved yesterday the state's purchase of land that will improve recreational access to a hard-to-reach stretch of the Potomac River. The state will pay landowner Carrie Dixon $16,200 for about an acre of riverside property.
NEWS
December 2, 1990
The Maryland Board of Psychologists has released the following list of people who passed the October psychology examination and are licensed to practice psychology in the state:Alexander, PamelaButterbaugh, GrantChristensen, RuthCraig, RichardDel Carmen, RebeccaForrest-Pressley, DonnaFritz, GeorgeGlyshaw, KathyHaller, RobinHolt, KimberlyHouse, JohnHughey, SharonKager, ValarieKleinke, DavidMartinsen, GwenMcCullough, ArnettMcMahon, CarolMolock, SherryMurray, ClaireNettles,...
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
State health officials launched an investigation Thursday into how Dr. William Dando was allowed to practice medicine in Maryland, given his 1987 rape conviction in Florida, and they suspended his medical license because of a sexual assault indictment filed last month in Allegany County. The officials disclosed that when Dando applied for a Maryland medical license in 1996, he told the Board of Physicians he had "assaulted someone" while under the influence of alcohol in the past, but did not specify that the 1986 incident involved rape at gunpoint.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
The number of women on corporate boards in Maryland increased last year, and for the first time, all businesses that joined the state's publicly traded companies had at least one woman board member, Network 2000 said in a report released Wednesday. The number of women on boards rose to 86 from 73 at the state's 76 publicly traded firms, the group said in its annual Census of Women Board Directors in Maryland. The number of women of color rose as well to 15 from 11. The increase is encouraging, "especially when one considers that for several years there has been little progress," said Katherine Bays Armstrong, president of Network 2000, a local group that works to increase the number of women in boardrooms and executive suites, in the report's introduction.
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