Has anyone here gone to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by dmanto47, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. Richie Shoemaker, M.D., Reprimanded
    Stephen Barrett, M.D.
    In March 2013, the Maryland State Board of Physicians reprimanded Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. Shoemaker's Web site states that he retired from clinical practice on January 31, 2013. The consent order (shown below) states:

    • Shoemaker was doing business as the Chronic Fatigue Center, in Pocomoke City, Maryland.
    • In 2006, in response to a patient complaint, the Maryland Board cautioned him about maintaining proper alternative medicine protocols.
    • In 2009, the board repeated its warning in response to an anonymous complaint about his "treating and prescribing for Lyme disease over the Internet."
    • In 2010, a complainant reported that Shoemaker was soliciting patients through a Web site that offered an online test. in response to this complaint, the board reviewed the case, supoenaed other patient records, and concluded that Shoemaker (a) used documentation was not consistently legible, (b) attempted to justify the ordering of tests by using diagnostic codes for conditions not documented in the patient records, (c) failed to document his rationale for treatment decisions, (d) and prescribed the drug Procrit in a potentially dangerous manner.
    • If Shoemaker resumes practice he must serve two years' probation with at least one year in which his practice is monitored by another physician. He must also refrain from requiring or asking patients to donate to his research organization.