Macon County Chronicle

Local Doctor's Medical License Suspended

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners recently suspended the medical license of Philip Wade Hunt M.D., who has been working as a physician at Armadillo Medical Center, a family medical clinic in Lafayette, and an on-call physician at Trousdale Medical Center (TMC) since June 1, 2007. According to case documents from the Tennessee Department of Health, Dr. Hunt’s medical privileges were suspended at TMC in October of 2010 due to concerns that he was reporting to duty in an impaired state, and the physician did admit to having a problem with alcohol and possible addiction.

Following the incident, Dr. Hunt voluntarily checked himself into an in-patient alcohol treatment program and made contact with the Tennessee Medical Foundation (TMF).

The case information states that Dr. Hunt was in direct violation of Tennessee Medical Practice Act Code ANN. 63-6-101, for which disciplinary action is authorized for unprofessional, dishonorable or unethical conduct and habitual intoxication or personal misuse of any drugs or the use of intoxicating liquors, narcotics, controlled substances or other drugs or stimulants in such manner as to adversely affect the person’s ability to practice medicine.

In response to those violations, Dr. Hunt’s medical license, issued to him in May of 1994, was suspended on December 14, 2010, for no less than two months and/or until he has completed the following requirements: completion of the 90-day in-patient alcohol treatment program, of which he is enrolled, enter into an advocacy and monitoring contract with TMF for a period of no less than five years and maintain good and lawful conduct without any violations of the law.

After fulfilling those requirements, Dr. Hunt will then become eligible to petition for an Order of Compliance. Once an Order of Compliance is obtained, the physician’s Tennessee Medical License will immediately be placed on probation for a period of no less than five years and/or until he has completed the following: paid all costs of prosecuting the case within 30 days after the issuance of the Affidavit of Costs, maintain full compliance with the advocacy and monitoring contract with TMF and maintained good and lawful conduct during his probation.