Dentist loses license again for 'dangerous' patient care

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A dentist in Virginia who reportedly has a history of "negligent and dangerous patient care violations" had his license revoked for the second time in 10 years, according to a recent order from the Virginia Board of Dentistry.

Dr. Derrick Broadaway, who has three dental practices in Virginia, had his license revoked for allegedly treating the wrong tooth of one patient, causing iatrogenic damage in another, and improperly preparing crowns in other patients, according to an order dated May 22 from the dental board.

"Dr. Broadaway is a danger to the health and welfare of his patients and the public," the order states.  

In 2023, the board found that Broadaway was negligent in his care of five patients. For one patient, he reportedly failed to remove all decay in preparation for a crown and placed a core buildup on a tooth that was unretentive and had an open margin, causing iatrogenic damage. He reportedly admitted to "nicking" the tooth but called the incident "accidental" and "intentional." This patient's tooth damage required treatment by another provider, according to the dental board.

In another patient, Broadaway performed endodontic treatment on the wrong tooth, and in another patient, he failed to remove excess bonding material from a tooth he endodontically treated. Additionally, Broadaway purportedly admitted to taking incorrect patient notes and billing multiple times for crowns prior to their delivery.

Broadaway, who has held a license in the state since 1995, can seek reinstatement in three years but must show that he is "safe and competent to return to the practice of dentistry," according to the order.  

Other problems

In June 2014, Broadaway's license was revoked for the first time due to the negligent and dangerous care of 10 patients, deceptive billing practices, recordkeeping violations, conviction of a misdemeanor involving a crime of moral turpitude, as well as violating a consent order from 2012.

After he was first denied reinstatement in March 2019 for failing to provide evidence of required hands-on training, Broadaway was reinstated in January 2020. His indefinite suspension was stayed as long as he adhered to the board's conditions. Broadaway had to work in a group dental setting and submit to unannounced inspections every six months, according to the order.

Prior to his first revocation in 2014, Broadaway's license was suspended multiple times dating back to 2009.

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