Dr. David Houlihan License Suspended As VA Malpractice Deadline Approaches

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Dr. David Houlihan

Benjamin KrauseA finding from the State of Wisconsin that resulted in the license suspension of Dr. David Houlihan that may provide ammo to veterans harmed by his prescriptive practices.

The only catch is that veterans file an FTCA claim with VA within two years of having knowledge of Dr. Houlihan’s wrongdoing causing their injury. Veterans last treated by Dr. Houlihan before he was ousted last January 2015 only have 10 months to pull it together.

MEDICAL BOARD ON DR. DAVID HOULIHAN

A recent decision from the State of Wisconsin Medical Board indicated at least 22 patients were harmed by Houlihan from 2005 to 2014. Based on my experience evaluating malpractice within VA, it is likely than many more veterans were harmed right up until he left the agency.

RELATED: Dr. Houlihan Fired By Tomah VA

Records from state regulators show Dr. Houlihan created an “unacceptable risk” for patients when he excessively prescribed narcotic painkillers. The practice earned him the nickname “Candy Man” and was linked to the death of at least one veteran who died of a drug overdose from Suboxone.

According to the Board, Houlihan acted outside the scope of his psychiatric practice when the prescribed opioids in “dosages greatly exceeding the recommended daily amount” for up to 12 years. This practice created “an unacceptable risk” of harm to patients and the public:

“Respondent, as an outpatient-clinic acted in many instances as the sole health care provider for patients presenting with complaints of chronic pain. Respondent prescribed various combinations of controlled substances, in dosages greatly exceeding the recommended daily amount, for periods extending 12 years, and to patients who had no primary healthcare provider. Respondent did not refer these patients to primary care, pain management, or other providers, nor did he consult with any specialists in treating patients with chronic pain complaints.”

The findings from the Board substantiated claims first made by Aaron Glantz in January 2015 published by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Those claims indicated veterans called Tomah VA “Candy Land” due to the easy way they could get narcotic treatments.

HOULIHAN CLAIMS HE PROVIDED “GREAT CARE”

Despite the conclusion, Dr. Houlihan maintains his apparently delusional claim that the actual facts would show that he provided “great care for our veterans.” What about the harmed or dead veterans, doc?

Veterans seeking help to file a claim against Dr. Houlihan should seek help from an attorney if they were harmed through his practices. Contact an attorney in your area. You can also contact me below. I would love to hear more about Dr. Houlihan’s prescriptive practices or other problems at Tomah VA.

EMAIL: Click To Send Note To Ben Krause

So what do you think was really going on at Tomah VA?

One theory is that Dr. Houlihan was experimenting on veterans to create a cocktail of opioids to help veterans with PTSD become zombified. Whether intentional or not, many veterans certainly indicated they were zombified by the cocktails Houlihan prescribed.

Source: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/medical-board-candy-man-prescriptions-created-unacceptable-risk/article_b215416f-56c0-51c1-8364-ba04c1ed05e3.html

namnibor
For him to be delusional and still claim he did a great service for Vets tells me this ASS has one HELL of a GOD SYNDROME! Does he have any idea how his actions have affected the prescribing of any controlled meds by the VA **and** the private healthcare sector? Does he know that it’s ‘more likely than not’ that Vets in his care that were ABRUPTLY cut-off their meds by VA, not even properly titrated off, have become addicted… Read more »
namnibor

Benjamin, nice “Bad VA Art” today. I think he should have BUSTED tattooed right where you superimposed it.

crazy elf
crazy elf
OK, the way I’m reading this is, this asswipe is going to try to get his state license back. I really don’t see that happening anytime soon, or ever! The “evidence” clearly is against him! Something I could see happening, is the “State Medical Board” possibly getting together with the States Attorney General. Then possibly going after “The Candy Man” for some form of a “manslaughter” charge! Especially, on that U.S. Marine he killed! The reason I give for this… Read more »
Melvin
Melvin
Hey Elf, About your question, (Something “Melvin” said before. Wasn’t he being “investigated” in another state, for doing something similar?). He was investigated in Iowa and had his Medical license suspended there before being hired by the VA. He didn’t fight the suspension because he was hired by the VA and received a license to practice in the state of Wisconsin. During his time in Iowa there were a number of investigations concerning his medical License before ultimately he license… Read more »
Melvin
Melvin
Hey Elf, About your question, (Something “Melvin” said before. Wasn’t he being “investigated” in another state, for doing something similar?). He was investigated in Iowa and had his Medical license suspended there before being hired by the VA. He didn’t fight the suspension because he was hired by the VA and received a license to practice in the state of Wisconsin. During his time in Iowa there were a number of investigations concerning his medical License before ultimately he license… Read more »
Robin Mitchell

I take Tramadol. It’s a lot less than the opiates I took waiting years for surgery. Pain is not gone but livable and the am functional most days.
A good private surgeon said it is a touchy drug. Some patients actually don’t process it. A doc has to pay close attention to how you tolerate it. He was taught in Germany where they use it as an antidepressant too.

Melvin
Melvin

Robin have you read any of the literature on Tramadol that was produced outside of the U.S.?

About how it is twice as physically addictive as morphine, or read any of the studies on the brain damage caused by it’s use in animal studies.

Is say outside of the U.S. because the research being done on it here are tainted to support it’s use.

Robin Mitchell

Yes. Research is out for years about it being a copy of natural opiates. Some patients don’t metabolize it or not the same as opiates.
I luckily tolerate it well. I have stopped it cold without the effects of say Norco 10. They can do a lot of genetic testing for drug tolerance but not the VA. I had some done and I can’t tolerate a common class of drugs most can.

Melvin
Melvin

Just have to say Robin good luck with your beliefs about Tramadol.

Try this just do a Google News Search on the tramadol.

“https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&authuser=0&q=Tramadol&oq=Tramadol&gs_l=news-cc.3..43j0l10j43i53.5256.6729.0.7934.8.5.0.2.2.0.211.607.2j2j1.5.0…0.0…1ac.1.Rftzy8qH9JI”

Then go through the pages and just read the headlines on each page.

It is not a safe drug for anyone!

91Veteran
91Veteran

After knee replacement surgery, the Ortho doc have me like a 2 week supply of Percocet. When that was gone and I was still doing PT, I asked for it to be renewed because I still had a lot of pain and was trying to push hard in PT. The Doc have me Tramadol instead saying it would be much less hard on my body than Percocet.

He told me nothing about these side effects.

Robin Mitchell
Five years ago a VA doctor tried to put me on methadone for back pain. Much cheaper than actually doing the surgery. Horrible meds. When I told her I wasn’t taking them anymore she said I had drug seeking behavior. For complaining I wanted it fixed over medicated for life. Best thing that has happened to my husband and I is he turned 60 and got Tricare along with Medicare. Right now vets are being cut off drugs but just… Read more »
Melvin
Melvin

Additional coverage of David Houlihan from by Gregg Neumann from Channel 27 WKOW news.

“DIGGING DEEPER: Claims made by former Tomah VA chief about his record don’t match report”

Gregg Neumann new article also provides a link to the VA IG report at:

“http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-15-02131-471.pdf”

His article is at : “http://www.wkow.com/story/31499012/2016/03/17/digging-deeper-claims-made-by-former-tomah-va-chief-about-his-record-dont-match-report”

James

Murder plain and simple

Timothy
Timothy

Don’t be settlers, Don’t take the narcotics, stick to tramadol,Ibuprofen, anti inflammatory”s. All the rest will just take years off life. If you need more than above, you should be getting surgery to relieve pain, not taking drugs to hide symptoms and pain, or delay surgery.

Melvin
Melvin

Timothy Tramadol will kill you much quicker than the others.

Melvin
Melvin
Several old press release from the Iowa Board of Medical Professionals on David John Houlihan. June 10th, 2002 Iowa Board of Medical Examiners Press Release David J. Houlihan, M.D., a 38 year-old psychiatrist formerly practicing in Dubuque, Iowa, was charged by the Board with engaging in unprofessional conduct when he violated appropriate professional physician/patient boundaries. Dr. Houlihan is charged with inappropriately hiring two patients to perform work for him, engaging in an inappropriate social relationship with a patient and inappropriate… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
3 things. 1. A psychiatrist prescribing pain meds for chronic pain should have been a red flag to any other medical provider seeing the veterans records. 2. Read this knowing everything that happened, and that the IG initially cleared Houlihan. If the evidence supported manslaughter charges for Houlihan, the IG should be charged as an accessory. 3. Any FTCA claim against Houlihan should not be restricted just because he may not have done something harsh enough to kill someone in… Read more »
namnibor
@91veteran- A ~~Resounding~~ A-MEN!! This type of egregious ‘off-label’ Pharmaceutical Lobotomizers he concocted should have him professionally barred from license, as in revoked, by the American Psychological Association (APA) “””http://www.apa.org/””” Or would Dr. Houlihan be considered a *light* Dr. Kevorkian type of case to the Professional Community? I will repeat what many others have asked; Is the VA OIG actually “colorblind” to glaringly Red Flags as in a Psychiatrist RX’ing Opiates? Does it take a meth lab to be found… Read more »
namnibor

*correction* “REALLY”…am not the village idiot, just bad neuropathy and a dose of dyslexia. 🙂 That means I could easily be a VA Brain Surgeon. 🙂

91Veteran
91Veteran
I forgot to mention, I think if this was a thorough investigation, his research should be checked thoroughly, because I think he was more into trying to profit from his nutty research than he was concerned over any treatment of veterans. If he has any co-authors on his research, they should be investigated as well to find out whether they knew what was going on. In addition, his research should be investigated to determine if any of it was sanctioned… Read more »
James

How many more are killing us

91Veteran
91Veteran

….with the full knowledge of others in the VA.

James

Calling veterans crazy go figure

namnibor
Every single week the stuff coming out from the VA actually makes the pretty great older movie, “Jacob’s Ladder” make a LOT of sense finally. If any of you have seen that movie, just think about it, and yes, a good dose of the VA is in that movie as well as Vietnam War crap…so you have been warned in case this would be a potential trigger for PTSD. I am being serious here. What’s scary is that VA “research”… Read more »
namnibor

Feel free to pronounce that last name any way you wish. Each are fully acceptable answers. 🙂

Retired nurse
Retired nurse

How bout if a shrink treats Vet w/ chemo cuz it’s good for his brain?

Is that Red Flag too?

91Veteran
91Veteran

A shrink treating any vet for anything other than mental health should be a red flag, particularly if unsupervised by other doctors with the expertise in the area of treatment.

namnibor

A shrink should be part of a Veteran’s Team of Specialists, but no, chemo should be handled only by an Oncologist and Neurologist and Primary Care Dr. A Team. Not some random shrink given magical powers o play Uncle Fester or Dr. Frankenstein at the VA on Veterans.

Image now stained my brain of Uncle Fester with a light bulb in his mouth…VA Psych Care.

namnibor

OMG! Dr. Houlihan COULD be Uncle Fester with just a bit of Ben’s magical “Bad VA Art”. 🙂

crazy elf
crazy elf

@91Veteran
I believe your misreading the OIG report wrong. They DID find him culpable!
The “27 NEWS Exclusive Update” confirms it. The title is;

“Digging deeper claims made by former Tomah VA Chief about his record don’t match report”

This article came out late last night or today. Trust me. The “Candy Man” will definitely not get his job, whether with VA or civilian, back due to these news and OIG reports!

91Veteran
91Veteran

Crazy elf, I’m going by memory, but I seem to remember the IG initially clearing Houlihan, and then the IG investigated again after it became public and faulting him for some reason.
Houlihan claiming the IG cleared him came from the news report yesterday, and may have been him claiming the first iG report cleared him.

namnibor
@crazyelf- Just hope in the aftermath, Dr. Houlihan does not relocate to your neck of woods and open a chain of new “Pill Mills”, as I have read story after story of people traveling from all over this Northeastern half of USA for your neck of woods for that reason and apparently is still a problem, but perhaps Marco Rubio took care of that little problem? Nah…he has been running for President full-time, silly me. Your governor probably has not… Read more »
namnibor

@91veteran-

This whole “Candyman” situation has waxed and waned so many times and ways, it’s indeed very hard for me to keep track of what came first. It’s like a salt water taffy machine stretched this every which way but right side up.
Perhaps an outline of events in chronological order and a flow chart would help jog everyone’s memory because I certainly cannot keep it orderly at this point?!

crazy elf
crazy elf

@namnibor & 91Veteran.
Your both right. I feel like taffy being pulled all over the place.
That asswipe better stay away from my neck of the woods. Our “A.G.”, Pam Bondy is real hot on “pill mills”! Anyone caught running one, gets real lengthy prison terms- trust me on that one!
Or, maybe he would like to come on down here. It would be fun to turn his worthless ass in! Maybe I’ll invite the asswipe! LMAO.

Dennis
Dennis
Using veterans as human guinea pigs and at the same time using the cheapest therapeutic means in order to treat veterans by zombifying them with pills. Well, it’s part of the established norm at VA, isn’t it? By keeping veterans doped up and eventually turning them into zombies makes us easier to handle when we become so zombified that we don’t know what’s going on around us and it becomes easier for them to keep low balling us on our… Read more »
Melvin
Melvin
More on Dr. David J. Houlihan and his covering up unreported unexpected deaths while he was Chief of Staff at Tomah. “New audio: Union official said Wisconsin lawmakers told of Tomah VA deaths in 2008” can be found at: “http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/366452211.html” A two minute audio can be accessed through a link on the page the audio recorded on 7-31-2009 “In the two-minute audio, Lin Ellinghuysen — president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees,” …”talked to a… Read more »
Melvin
Melvin

More on Dr. David J. Houlihan:

Another death engineered by the Candy Man

USA Today April 12th, 2015

“For one whistleblower, getting fired was too much”
“http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/04/12/va-whistleblower-killed-himself-after-dismissal/25587367/”

James

Suicide. Probably murdered

Melvin
Melvin

Dr. David J. Houlihan is a Serial Killer.

Melvin
Melvin
Some more deaths associated with the Serial Killer whose name is Dr. David Houlihan, a.k.a. (The Candy Man). “The death of baby Ada Mae and the tragic effects of addicted veterans” “https://www.revealnews.org/article/the-death-of-baby-ada-mae-and-the-tragic-effects-of-addicted-veterans/” “Congressional hearing reveals 4 more deaths at Tomah, Wisconsin, VA” “The deaths, revealed in a rare congressional field hearing today in the small Wisconsin town, bring to 33 the number of unexpected deaths The Center for Investigative Reporting has found occurred during Houlihan’s decade at the helm. The… Read more »
Melvin
Melvin

33 the number of unexpected deaths The Center for Investigative Reporting has found occurred during Houlihan’s decade at the helm.

How many others are they hiding?

James

That’s only one VA

James

Wonder if VA has a hit list

Melvin
Melvin

Another question where are those Trolls from Tomah that infect the pages on this website every time there is an article about their facility?

crazy elf
crazy elf
@Melvin Evidently they, the “Tomah Trolls”, know better this time! I believe we’re better informed over the “Candy Man”. Plus, all the “cover-ups”, and corruption, VA did FOR him! ____________________________ Last night on “World News”, it’s came out someone, or many someones, “Threatened Mr. Trump’s children” if he “didn’t drop out of the Presidential Race!” Someone, or a group, sent a “letter filled with an unknown powder to his son’s house!” His daughter-in-law opened it. She then, I believe, called… Read more »
Robin Mitchell
Melvin, I am from New York and was in the building trade for years. You can’t do business in commercial construction without dealing with some tough families and union thugs. I am sure Trump can make a phone call and a manhunt is on. And, many of those interesting types are not only ex-military but ex-Special Forces. It always surprised me who I ran into in that business. The fact that Trump was so successful for decades shows he can… Read more »
Retired Nurse
Retired Nurse

RM… are you related to the Dr. Mitchell from PHX VA? … phone 602-793-9151

James

Running scared their next

Melvin
Melvin

Found one named James. Trying to mess up the pages with his little one line comments so people have to work to follow a post.

James

No I can only type one line

James

And the comment post disappears

James

Anyone know why

Kyleen Roth
Kyleen Roth
Dr Houlihan was my doctor for 7 years. The last atleast 5 of those I look back on & realize I was his guinea pig, case study, even joke. I foolishly trused everything he said. He had a very charismatic charming way of making you believe the BS he was telling you & made you feel like you were his first priority, especially if you were a woman in my opinion. Dr. Houlihan completely destroyed my life for a long… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
Thank you for adding much more detail ran what has been presented Kyleen. I believe you need to continue telling your story as much as possible, in comments here and to the media, because what has been portrayed has been suggestive of veterans being drug-seeking, as opposed to a manipulative Bastard like Houlihan gaining their trust and doing little more than experimentation on vets. It reminds me of that Nurse Schaller writing a letter to the LaCrosse Tribune trying to… Read more »
Kyleen Roth
Kyleen Roth

I was labeled, “drug seeking” by the VA & do not deny that after he had me on tons of it I was. That is what addiction does to a person. Before him I did not have that label any where else or an issue with opiods. Saying it’s veterans fault because there were, drug seekers is ridiculous! If he hadn’t prescribed the drugs in excessive amounts none of this would be even said.

James

VA MO hook em

James

And take it away

James

Disruptive committee is next

James

Did you thank your God

James

For keeping you alive

Kyleen Roth
Kyleen Roth

So many times I should have died, & yes I have thank God over & over I did not!

Retired Nurse
Retired Nurse

Dial 602-793-9151, retired nurse…

James

Your here for a reason

James

To let others know

James

It was not your fault

James

Remember you were drugged

Kyleen Roth
Kyleen Roth

Also for those who read my post, & want to know why I used my name instead of a screen name, like many others…It is because I hope Houlihan reads it, along with other key people & am ok with people knowing my story. However unflattering it is for me or hard to share if it helps make sure he can’t hurt anyone else ever again, I will deal with anything else that comes from it.

Melvin
Melvin

Kyleen,

I hope that you are not still under VA care. I believe the information that you have provided is true but also know that the VA is a very vindictive organization.

James

Hit list I believe is true

Melvin
Melvin
Regarding Dr. Houlihan’s licensing and certifications. Dr. Houlihan’s certification with the American Board of Psychiatry was recertified with qualifications in psychosomatic medication on February 1, 2016. A search of the Pennsylvania medical license check system shows that Although his Pennsylvania medical license is inactive he has an active business relationship with the University Health Center. The active license connected to the University Health Center number is HS0D0288L. Addistionally Dr. Houlihan’s Psychiatry Certificate No. 41733 which was also recertified on 02/01/2016.… Read more »
Melvin
Melvin

The line “Given the fact that the only action taken against Dr. Houlihan to date is to suspend his clinical privileges at Tomah”

Should read “Given the fact that the only actions taken by the VA against Dr. Houlihan to date is to suspend his clinical privileges at Tomah.

I needed to clarify that after the excellent work that has been done in suspending his license in the state of Wisconsin.

James

More funerals

91Veteran
91Veteran

You should write up what happened to you and provide copies to Johnson and Baldwin’s office, and to the State medical licensing board. Houlihans license is suspended, but there are many others working there that should also have their license pulled.

James

Agree many more

James

Easy trap to fall into

Kyleen Roth
Kyleen Roth

If you are looking for an attorney/firm to help you navigate through filing your claim against Dr. Houlihan, I have a great attorney/firm. If you want that information you can reach me thru FB or email. My email is [email protected].

Robin Mitchell
Think McDonald, Gibson, Reynolds, Hickey, etc, etc, ever really cared about 22 vets a day killing themselves? They feel immune from any repercussions. They even feel secure to ignore congressmen on the veterans affairs committee. After Lee Zeldin’s speech the other night in the House suggesting a 200k per county program (successful and no room to siphon off graft) to stop veteran suicides they are not playing nice with him either. Gibson just wants his 178 BILLION with no lip… Read more »
crazy elf
crazy elf
@Robin Mitchell and all. The article, with accompanying Utube video, is titled; “Rep. Zeldin Makes Impassioned Plea on House Floor on Behalf of Veterans with PTSD” March 15, 2016 Something interesting about this. 1.) Look at all the empty seats in the House Chamber! 2.) He discusses for the House “…to do something outside the box!” He spoke about the many veterans organizations out there helping vets. Here’s something y’all may have forgotten. A few years ago, the VFW took… Read more »
James

Employees are crazy harmful

Melvin
Melvin

Another Death of a civilian and the total destruction of a Disabled Veterans Life.

Angela Colby Death Investigation Tomah VA Scandal David Houlihan

“https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1686997-angela-colby-death-investigation-tomah-va.html”

Contributed by: Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting

Melvin
Melvin

Forgot to add committed by the Serial Killer Dr. David Houlihan a.k.a. Candy Man

James

Hope this guy fryes

crazy elf
crazy elf
To All; Here’s some more interesting details coming out on the web, 19 Mar. 2016; From: “The Common Sense Show” by Dave Hodges. 1.) “Breaking: Trump Home Evacuated After THIS Threat! FBI & Fire Department Responds” March 18, 2016 @ 04:08 pm Not only was Mr. Trump’s son, Eric, and daughter-in-law threatened. Mr. Trump’s sister, a Federal Judge, was also threatened. 2.) “What Can Americans Do When Their Vote No Longer Counts?” March 18, 2016 @ 06:03 am ____________________________ From… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
David, Anticipation can cause positive feelings or Negative feelings. I do have a post about you that I am working on and you should have Negative feelings of anticipation about that post. While it contains information about your ongoing personal drug problem, new legal issues about to come up unexpectedly, your current legal issues, and some of those deep dark secrets about your past that Patrick has been helping you to hide from the publics’ eye. Patrick may not be… Read more »
James

Cut him no slack

crazy elf
crazy elf

Hey brother, I agree with James. “Cut (the asswipe) no slack!”
Question: about his “ongoing personal drug problem”! Are you sure? Because in the video, he sure did look “HIGH”!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Hey Crazy Elf,

Yes I am certain and will not be cutting him any slack. But time is important concerning Dr. Houlihan right now. I would not want to interfere with Law Enforcements new investigation and probable new investigations at the VA regarding Dr. Houlihans personal files.

Seymore

James

Even as a child I always hatted playing CATCH UP. Or just standing around with one thump up may ass, the other in my mouth waiting for some one to tell me to switch. JUNG.

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