How Do Rapist Doctors Regain a Medical License? Simple. Cross the State Line and Start Over

Dr William  Dando

Dr William Dando

When Doctor William Dando moved to Maryland to jump-start his career after a patient-rape conviction, he knew exactly how to dodge his criminal past in Florida: he lied on his application. He said he got a little drunk one night and beat somebody up. As a physician he was well aware that the Maryland state medical board – top-heavy as boards happen to be with fellow physicians – would give his paperwork little more than a cursory glance. Fortunately for him, he was not a realtor or a truck driver or nurse, pilot, cabby or cook. New-hires in the real world are actually scrutinized.  Doctors are not. There would be no criminal background check; no awareness that he had done something serious enough to spend 4 years in state prison. And Dando knew it.

Now, it wasn’t as though the Maryland Board of Physicians was honestly blindsided by this sneaky sick twist. Their counterparts in Georgia had already alerted them that Dando was not welcome in their state. And medical authorities in Florida had notified the same Maryland colleagues of this character’s rape conviction in their state as far back as 2003. Neither warning prompted further examination by the Board. They licensed the guy. Boys will be boys, you know? Like most all state boards, Maryland had no burning incentive to verify criminal histories. They accept whatever doctors tell them about their past hijinks and do not bother with routine background checks – checks which are the norm pretty much everywhere else on the planet. And again, like most other state medical boards, Maryland is not particularly interested in creating a system for recognizing patterns of physician misbehavior. So they either ignore it or hide it, and hope nobody notices.

Of course it’s hard for people not to notice a one-man crime wave like daffy doc Dando. Not long after he got settled in again in Baltimore County, he managed to kill a patient. According to attorney Jay Miller, the family of Grace Elliott has just agreed to a civil lawsuit settlement with Doctor William Dando. This, as the end result of a case stemming from Elliott’s death from a physician-caused, prescription drug overdose in 2010. The terms of the lawsuit and dollar amount are confidential.

Here’s more:

Documentation: Download here (PDF)

  • State: Maryland
  • Other  (6/12/2014)
  • Action Taken: Summary Suspension
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Maryland
  • Other  (6/5/2014)
  • Action Taken: Summary Suspension
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Maryland
  • Substandard Care, Incompetence or Negligence  (2/7/2013)
  • Action Taken: Probation Terminated (Ended)
  • Summary: Dr. William Thomas Dando; License # D50835; NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician has complied with the terms and conditions of the 04-28-2010 Consent Order. ACTION TAKEN: The Maryland Board of Physicians terminated the probationary terms and conditions imposed by the 04-28-2010 Consent Order.
  • State: Maryland

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S.A. Native commented:

“For the most part, state medical boards do a woefully inadequate job of protecting women from sexual misconduct in the exam room. Dr. Dando is just one example that demonstrates that the place where a woman is most likely to encounter a rapist is at her doctor’s office.”

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2 thoughts on “How Do Rapist Doctors Regain a Medical License? Simple. Cross the State Line and Start Over

  1. S.A. native says:

    Patrick, How about this “third-worlder”– it took a court conviction for him to gain a “much better understanding” that he shouldn’t play with a patient’s breasts. What’s so hard to understand? http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/05/21/sherwood-park-sex-assault-doctor-gets-probation Best regards, Charles WestonDoctor Watchdog

    Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 07:40:29 +0000 To: upstream.paddler@live.com

  2. S.A. native says:

    For the most part, state medical boards do a woefully inadequate job of protecting women from sexual misconduct in the exam room. Dr. Dando is just one example that demonstrates that the place where a woman is most likely to encounter a rapist is at her doctor’s office.

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