NC pain clinic operator suspended

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The founder of six pain management clinics in southeastern North Carolina has been suspended from the practice of medicine while the state investigates his company.

The Fayetteville Observer reported ( ) the state medical board on Thursday made public an agreement signed by Dr. Aaron Gootman that bars him from the practice of medicine until the investigation is complete.

The board is investigating allegations that Gootman’s Cape Fear Pain and Laser clinics have improperly prescribed painkillers for patients in Fayetteville and in neighboring counties.

The 61-year-old Gootman would not talk about his medical license. He did say he has long planned to retire and is glad his clinics will continue to serve patients.

A spokeswoman for the medical board would not talk about the case because the investigation is continuing.


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