Two Doctors Are in Investigation of California Medical Board

The California Medical Board is investigating two more medical doctors over allegations they signed unnecessary vaccine exemptions for students, based on court records filed by the board.

The inquiries into Sacramento-area physicians Kelly Sutton and Michael Fielding Allen raise the number to four doctors who are now the subject of ongoing medical board investigations over their exemption practices. A fifth, Kenneth Stoller, is being investigated by the San Francisco City Lawyer’s Office.

Together, the five — including Bob Sears of Orange County and Ron Kennedy of Santa Rosa — wrote a third of all exemptions reviewed by this news organization as a part of a report on exemptions in eight Bay Area school districts.

Last month, the medical board requested a court order to implement a subpoena filed to Kaiser Permanente, proposing the HMO to turn over copies of medical exemptions signed by Sutton and Allen, as first stated by Kaiser Health News.

The board opened its investigation in response to a tip from the assistant chief of pediatrics at Kaiser’s Roseville Medical Center, who was involved by medical exemptions the two doctors had signed for the clinic’s pediatric patients, in line with court filings.

Kaiser members sought exemptions from Allen and Sutton, neither of whom work for the HMO, and then gave them to their primary care doctors. The medical board initially subpoenaed Kaiser for the records. However, the healthcare supplier refused to hand over any files that will identify patients. The board is now requesting a court order for the unredacted exemptions.