Board of Medical Examiners Suspends License of Nashville Physician

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 | 07:00pm

Nashville, May 4, 2006

The Tennessee Department of Health announces today that a panel of the Board of Medical Examiners has summarily suspended the Tennessee medical license of Cynthia Shearer, M.D.

The panel found by unanimous vote that Dr. Shearer’s conduct was placing her patients at imminent risk, justifying the emergency action, and that she had also violated three provisions of the Medical Practice Act, namely:

  • Engaging in the practice of medicine when mentally or physically unable to safely do so;
  • unprofessional, dishonorable and unethical conduct; and
  • gross malpractice, or a pattern of continued or repeated malpractice, ignorance, negligence or incompetence in the course of medical practice.

The law (T.C.A. §4-5-320(c)) allows an agency to summarily suspend a license if the agency finds the “public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.”

As a result of the suspension, Dr. Shearer is immediately prohibited from practicing medicine in the state. Dr. Shearer has the right to request an informal hearing, review or conference before the Board within seven business days of the issuance of the order. 

Dr. Shearer was a licensed medical doctor and practiced at 2011 Murphy Avenue, Suite 301 in Nashville. She was originally licensed to practice medicine in Tennessee in 1988.

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