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San Diego Chargers' team doctor faces complaint from California medical board

June 30, 2010 | 10:21 am

As a federal drug investigation that involves the San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres continues, the state medical board's attempt to revoke the medical license of the Chargers' team doctor has gained renewed attention.

In December, the state medical board filed a complaint of unprofessional conduct against Dr. David Chao as a result of his guilty plea to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in 2007. The complaint also notes that Chao also pleaded guilty to an alcohol-related reckless driving charge in 1995.

No hearing has been held on the medical board's allegation, and Chao continues to practice with full license privileges. But he could face discipline ranging from probation to losing his license, according to the state.

Neither Chao nor his attorney James Godes could be reached for comment Wednesday. In previous statements, Godes told the San Diego Union Tribune that the medical board case was weak and unrelated to patient care and that he was confident that the federal drug investigation would find no problems with Chao and the Chargers.

The National Football League's Chargers and Major League Baseball's Padres said they are fully cooperating with the Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, in which agents served 10 search warrants Tuesday on physicians and pharmacies affiliated with the teams.

Tuesday's actions came after former Chargers safety Kevin Ellison was arrested in Redondo Beach in May on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance after police said they found 100 Vicodin tablets in his car. Ellison was recently released by the Chargers and signed by the Seattle Seahawks.

In a statement, the Chargers said that "the Vicodin in Kevin's possession was not provided by the Chargers, its physicians or anyone affiliated with the team."

-- Larry Gordon

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