Mobile County

Document alleges Mobile orthopedic surgeon inappropriately touched patients in locked room

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) -- A spokesperson for the Mobile surgeon who surrendered his license following allegations of unprofessional conduct and other violations released a statement on his behalf Tuesday.

Dr. Thomas Dempsey voluntarily surrendered his license in June 2018, according to a document from the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners. 

Jon Gray, a spokesperson working with Dr. Dempsey's legal team, said Dempsey denies the allegations. 

"These accusations are totally untrue, and I find it outrageous that I am having to respond to them after 40 years of practice and some 20,000 patients. I have devoted my life to helping others and to be accused of these things is absolutely unimaginable."

The document states Dempsey surrendered his license following an investigation into the following alleged violations: 

  • Unprofessional Conduct
  • Distribution of prescribing a controlled substance for other than a legitimate medical purpose
  • Failure to comply with any rule of the Board of Medical Examiners or Medical Licensure Commission

An administrative complaint was filed against Dempsey, the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners revealed further details into the above complaints. 

It was reported to the board that Dr. Dempsey would overprescribe controlled substances. The document stated Dempsey did not have a current Pain Management Registration. 

The document also outlined the complaints from patients who said Dempsey would order medical tests for "no legitimate purpose." An example included in the document said a witness told the Board that x-rays were ordered every four months for insured patients and every six months for uninsured patients for the sole purpose of collecting more money. 

Another complaint against Dempsey alleged he would have an inappropriate relationship with several patients that "overstep[ed] the boundaries of the professional relationship." The document stated those patients would be known to Dr. Dempsey's employees as his "special patients." When they would arrive, the "special patients" would be escorted to the only room in the practice with a door that locks, the cast room. The document stated the patients would be told to fully undress so that Dr. Dempsey could massage them with grapeseed oil. It was told to them by Dempsey the grapeseed oil had certain health benefits. The documents also alleged the patients would also receive high doses of narcotics, higher than other patients. Also, the document states at least one of the "special patients" did not pay for their office visit, as she was uninsured.

According to the document, one of the patients interviewed by an investigator said Dr. Dempsey would massage her routinely in the back, buttocks, inner thighs, and vaginal region. "On at least one occasion, he asked her to remove her underwear; he then proceeded to insert his fingers into her vagina while his penis was exposed." The patient told the investigator that the routine of inappropriate touching was escalating and becoming more aggressive. 

Dr. Thomas Dempsey has practiced in Mobile for 45 years. Dempsey opened a practice called Orthopaedic Quick Care that was located on University Blvd.

You can read both documents on the complaints that led to his license surrender below: 

Mobile County

Baldwin County

Northwest Florida