Williamsburg doctor says board investigation not reason for retirement

A Williamsburg doctor is retiring at the end of the year, a decision he said he did not make in light of a Virginia Board of Medicine investigation.

Dr. John M. Pitman Jr., M.D., of 326 Monticello Ave., voluntarily surrendered his license following an investigation into patients who had been inappropriately prescribed prescription drugs that have significant abuse potential, according to documents from the Virginia Board of Medicine.

The board’s order says Pitman surrendered his license in lieu of disciplinary action following the investigation, but the documents also say he reported to the board that he intended to retire on Dec. 31.

Pitman, who was issued his license in Virginia in 1959, told the Daily Press that 58 years of practicing medicine was enough.

“I had planned long ago (to retire) the end of this year,” he said. “I have a long and exemplary record.”

Virginia Department of Health Professions records do not show any previous investigations.

The board’s recent investigation reviewed the files of seven people, labeled in the documents as “Patients A — G.” The dates of treatment were between 2007 and 2016.

Pitman told the Daily Press he may have overprescribed narcotics to some patients, but he didn’t consider the addiction potential of the drugs until recently. He did try to wean some of his patients after he became aware, he said.

“Nothing is wrong with the way I treated them, in my opinion,” he said.

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