PHOENIX - Citing need for emergency action, the Arizona Medical Board issued an order last week to suspend the license of a longtime Benson doctor who also practiced in Sierra Vista.
Glenn G. Robertson, M.D., is prohibited from prescribing any form of treatment, “including prescription medications or injections of any kind,” after his license to practice allopathic medicine was suspended effective June 25, according to the order.
“The public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action,” the suspension order states. The vote was unanimous, according to Patricia E. McSorley, executive director of the Arizona Medical Board.
McSorley signed the suspension order, which was prompted by a complaint that suggested Robertson, 50, had a substance use issue and that his behavior with patients “had become erratic and improper.”
State records show he has dealt with his own personal health issues for more than a decade, the treatment of which was monitored by the board. Efforts to reach Robertson by phone and at his medical practice on State Route 80 were unsuccessful. A sign in the window of the clinic notes it is closed until further notice due to a “false accusation by a patient.”
The suspension is at least the third time the board has taken action on Robertson’s license, which he has held since July 2004.
In 2009, Robertson was restricted from practicing clinical medicine for two years after questions arose about his prescribing of medication for a non-patient with whom he had a personal relationship.
Then in December 2017, the board placed the doctor on probation for six months after a hospital questioned the quality of care he provided a patient who died in February 2016. The probationary period expired June 7 but by then the board had received the latest complaint about Robertson’s behavior.
On June 11, the doctor was told by phone the board was sending him an important email. He purportedly verified his email address during the conversation and told board staff he would check his email.
That important message was an interim order McSorley issued with the consent of the board’s medical consultant which required Robertson to undergo biological testing — analysis of his hair, nails, or bodily fluids — by 5 p.m. the next day. When Robertson did not comply, the matter was presented to the board’s investigative staff.
On June 14, Robertson was offered a consent agreement under which he would voluntarily agree to restrict his practice. However, he didn’t respond to the board, which then convened June 25 to address the matter.
The board considered Robertson’s failure to cooperate in the current case as well as his prescribing practices, the order notes. He is entitled to a formal hearing on the charges of unprofessional conduct within 60 days.
Robertson has practiced out of Benson for several years. In 2014 Robertson opened a new medical office in Sierra Vista but closed it after he suffered a stroke in January 2015 which caused temporary paralysis on his right side.
He was hospitalized for several days and then underwent months of physical and occupational therapy before returning to practice.