State upholds suspension of Allegany doctor's license

The Maryland Board of Physicians upheld on Thursday its decision to suspend Dr. William Dando's medical license based on his indictment in Allegany County for an alleged sexual assault.

Dando appeared before the board Wednesday and was given the chance to argue why the suspension, issued June 5, should be lifted. A presentation from Dando and his lawyer did not dissuade the board that "there exists a substantial risk of serious harm to the public health, safety or welfare in Dr. Dando's continued practice," acting board Executive Director Christine Farrelly wrote in a letter posted to the board website Thursday.

Dando was indicted last month on two charges related to an alleged sexual assault on a patient at an urgent care center near Cumberland in April. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday. A jury trial is scheduled Sept. 3.

He has 10 days to request an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge to appeal the license suspension, the letter said.

His lawyer, Susan Stobbart Shapiro, declined to comment.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's inspector general is conducting an investigation into why Dando was granted a license to practice medicine in the state in 1996 despite a conviction for raping a woman at gunpoint in Florida nearly a decade earlier.

Before moving to Allegany County last year, Dando had a family medicine practice and laser surgery center on Frederick Road in Catonsville.

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