State suspends Dover psychiatrist’s medical licenses

DOVER — Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock on Monday announced the suspension of the Delaware medical license and controlled substance privileges of Dover-based psychiatrist Gregory Villabona.

The suspension involved allegations of unprofessional conduct related to the prescription and distribution of opioid medications, according to Secretary Bullock.

In making this determination, according to a news release, Secretary Bullock considered the findings of two parallel complaints filed by the Delaware Department of Justice.

The complaints alleged that Dr. Villabona prescribed opioids to patients with little or no required documentation, failed to maintain effective controls against diversion of controlled substances, and exchanged guns and weapons with patients.

“The facts presented to me in this case demonstrate an immediate danger to public safety, which is the standard that an emergency suspension of this nature must meet,” Secretary Bullock said.

The order suspending Dr. Villabona’s medical license was signed by the secretary with the concurrence of the president of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.

Secretary Bullock also signed a separate order suspending Dr. Villabona’s Delaware controlled substance registration.

Dr. Villabona was previously disciplined by state licensing authorities in 2003 for unprofessional conduct arising from sex offenses in Maryland to which Dr. Villabona plead guilty. He was disciplined again in 2007 for violating the terms of a 2005 order, which, in part, prohibited Dr. Villabona from treating minor patients in unsupervised settings, Secretary Bullock said.

In 2008, Dr. Villabona entered into a consent agreement with the state that placed certain permanent restrictions on his medical license, including limiting his practice to male patients over the age of 18.

Delaware Code Title 24 enables a temporary suspension pending a hearing to be issued upon the written order of the Secretary of State, if the activity of the licensee presents a clear and immediate danger to public health, safety or welfare.

The suspension of Dr. Villabona will remain in effect for a period of 60 days, during which time disciplinary hearings will be held or the final disposition for this individual will take place.

As the result of a hearing, the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has the authority to impose disciplinary sanctions up to and including revocation of a practitioner’s license or certification.

The licensure status of Dr. Villabona will soon be updated on the Division of Professional Regulation’s online license verification service at dpronline.delaware.gov.

Documentation of previous actions against Dr. Villabona’s medical license may also be viewed at the site.

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