Days after suspending former USC Dean Carmen Puliafito's medical license, The Medical Board of California said today that their next step is to file an accusation against him.
According to the L.A. Times, the Medical Board of California has been investigating whether Puliafito is fit to practice medicine. The Board said that Puliafito agreed to the suspension of his license until the investigation is over.
A representative for The Medical Board of California, Christine Valine, said that the suspension was not placed on his medical license until he agreed to it as an interim measure.
The Medical Board of California's website states that Puliafito has been suspended due to a court order and is not allowed to practice while the suspension is in place.
Puliafito's lawyer, Peter Osinoff, told the Times that he "has not treated patients at all. He has been in treatment."
The Medical Board's inquiry began after the L.A. Times reported in July that Puliafito had been using methamphetamines and other drugs while serving as dean of USC's Keck School of Medicine.
The Board said they took so long to launch an investigation into Puliafito's drug use because they were unaware of the allegations about his behavior until it was covered by the L.A. Times, but that they did launch their investigation shortly after learning of the news.
When asked how long the investigation would take, Valine said that "it depends on how long it takes to gather the necessary evidence."
She said that if the enough proper evidence of criminal conduct is gathered, it will be passed on to the District Attorney's office.
We reached out to Keck faculty and USC Media Relations for comment and were referred to the California Medical Board and a university statement released in August.