Florida Physician Loses Michigan Medical License; LARA Issues Mandatory Summary Suspension

Contact: Melanie Brown 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

May 23, 2013 - The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has immediately suspended the medical license of Brian W. Cook, M.D., of Clearwater, Florida, based on his convictions in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Pinellas County, Florida. 

On January 25, 2013, Cook was convicted of four felony counts of sexual activity; one misdemeanor count of possession of Dimethoxymethamphetamine; and one misdemeanor count of possession of marihuana.  As a result, Cook was sentenced to incarceration for a period of 15 years (with credit for 432 days) followed by 10 years of sex offender probation with specified terms. The convictions stemmed from Cook engaging in sexual activity with a minor patient and using/possessing ecstasy and marihuana. 

On May 10, 2013, LARA issued an Order summarily suspending Cook's license pursuant to the Public Health Code which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional upon the conviction of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a maximum term of two years, or a controlled substance-related conviction. 

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within LARA, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/healthlicense, and click on Licensing for Health Professionals.

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