W.Va. board suspends clinic operator's license

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia board Friday suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.

West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine suspended the license of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. at a disciplinary hearing on Friday.

Board executive director Diana Shafer said Chalifoux is the only licensed doctor at Valley Pain management

Patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen who had an injection between the clinic's 2010 opening and Nov. 1, 2013, were advised Monday to be tested for blood-borne infections after a patient contracted bacterial meningitis last October.

West Virginia's state epidemiologist Dr. Loretta Haddy said the investigation found, among other things, that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient.

Chalifoux's medical license was revoked in Texas in 2004.