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MEDICAL BOARD (OF CALIFORNIA

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The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Medical Board of California, is responsible for the licensure and/or regulation of physicians and surgeons (MDs) and other closely related healing arts practitioners including the following: acupuncturists, audiologists, hearing aid dispensers, physical therapists, physician assistants, podiatrists, psychologists, respiratory care practitioners, speech-language pathologists, and registered dispensing opticians, research psychoanalysts, medical assistants, and licensed midwives. Osteopathic Physicians (DOs) are regulated by the Board of Osteopathic Examiners.


The Board's Central Complaint Unit processes complaints about any of these professions. It initiates investigations of complaints and, if necessary, submits cases to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.



Complaint jurisdiction:

  • Negligence, incompetence, misrepresentation, or unlicensed practice
  • Excessive prescribing or administering of drugs or treatment
  • Furnishing drugs to addicts
  • Prescribing dangerous drugs without a prior medical examination
  • Attending a patient while intoxicated
  • Being convicted or involved with narcotics or drug violations or other substantially related crimes
  • Mental illness
  • Sexual misconduct with a patient


Complaints outside jurisdiction:

  • Ethical matters
  • Fee disputes (societies)
  • Hospital or nursing home problems (DHS – 916-552-8700)
  • Osteopathic physicians and surgeons (DOs) and chiropractors at 916-263-5355


Department of Consumer Affairs
Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2382 Licensing and Application
(916) 263-2944 Fax
(916) 263-2424 Complaints
(800) 633-2322 Toll-free line for Complaints Only
www.medbd.ca.gov


Allied Health Programs are under the jurisdiction of the Medical Board of California: Consumer Information Unit – (916) 263-2382 #1


Acupuncture Board
(916) 445-3021


Hearing Aid Dispenser Bureau (HADB)


Medical Assistants
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2382
(916) 263-2387 Fax


Midwifery Licensing Program
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2393
(916) 263-2387 Fax
www.mbc.ca.gov


Physical Therapy Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 561-8200
(916) 263-2560 Fax
www.ptb.ca.gov


Physician Assistant Committee
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2670
(916) 263-2671 Fax
www.pac.ca.gov


Board of Podiatric Medicine
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1300
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2647
(916) 263-2651 Fax
www.bpm.ca.gov


California Board of Psychology
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1400
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2699
(916) 263-2697 Fax
www.psychboard.ca.gov/


Registered Dispensing Optician Program
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2634
(916) 263-2487


Research Psychoanalyst Program
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2380


Respiratory Care Board of California(RCB)
(916) 323-9983


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2666
(916) 263-2668 Fax
Hours of Operation: M-F 8am to 5pm
www.slpab.ca.gov


Publications available: None

See also: None

Other referrals: Holistic Health, Homeopathic Healing, Naturopathic Medicine Bureau, Nurses, Nursing Home Administration, and Osteopathic Physicians.




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