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Doctor in fatal drunken driving case can reapply for medical license

Posted April 13, 2011

— A facial plastic surgeon convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a drunken driving case can apply to get his medical license back.

Dr. Raymond Cook surrendered his license shortly after the Sept. 11, 2009, crash that killed Elena Shapiro, 20. Cook was sentenced to at least three years in prison.

On Wednesday, the state Medical Board said Cook would be eligible to reapply for his license on Sept. 11 of this year.


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  • dhalberstadt Apr 20, 2011

    According to the NC Medical Licensing Board web site, a felony conviction *may* result in the revocation of license. It seems the NC Medical Board had the option of revoking his license but chose to be exceedingly lenient, especially in light of the fact that Dr. Cook may reapply for his license even before his sentence is up. Practicing medicine absolutely requires the use of excellent judgement. Dr. Cook's actions prove an egregious lack of judgement -- which is why I feel that the crimes of which he is convicted should result in loss of license PERMANENTLY.

  • HEAFIE200 Apr 14, 2011

    MRLEE34 THIS WAS NOT A MISTAKE - this was a CHOICE he made - he chose to DRINK and DRIVE and when he did so, took a young, promising life.

  • HEAFIE200 Apr 14, 2011

    Are you serious...if that were a nurse they would NEVER EVER get their license back. And this man is in jail for MURDER, how in the world could they ever let him practice medicine again. Not to mention that he took an oath never to HARM anyone. I'm sick to my stomach over this...

  • vineyard jewel Apr 14, 2011

    mrlee34... Raymond Cook did not make a "mistake". He chose to drive after drinking. He made the choice. He had a choice.
    No mistake about it.

  • mrlee34 Apr 13, 2011

    I feel very sorry for the young girl whom lost her life. I also feel sorry for the poor decision this guy made when he got behind the wheel and ended her life. The fact is, he made a serious mistake. But we all make mistakes. Lord knows, I have made more than my share. But before people start wishing bad things on this guy for his poor choice that evening, think about the victims on both side whom are suffering. His children don't have a father for the next few years. None of this, will bring the young woman back or ease her family's grief....either if they had tossed him in jail and thrown away the key.

  • sinenomine Apr 13, 2011

    Applying for his license and getting it back are two different things.

    Even if he is licensed again he may be unemployable due to what will no doubt be extremely high malpractice insurance premiums which will militate against a lot of practices hiring him.

    Like another poster here, I hope he does go back to work when he gets out of prison and earn a living so that the parents of the girl he killed will be able to collect something from him on the civil judgment which I assume they will be pursuing.

  • zachiarose Apr 13, 2011

    I know when we "pay our dues" we are entitled to move on with our lives...and everyone should respect that. But in this case, the short term he received for the death of a human being is nothing short of a "bump in the road" for him. Life will go on for him...and the victim's family still has no daughter. I don't know who will use his services since no one knows if he will be sober enough to practice medicine of any kind. My heart goes out to the victim's family.

  • marytaylor Apr 13, 2011

    So sad that a young woman with her whole life ahead of her is dead but the person responsible can apply to have his medical license reinstated. We can only hope he will use his knowledge for good.

  • See Chart Apr 13, 2011

    I grieve for his victim's family not for this
    Medical Doctor, who knew right from wrong when he
    droke drunk.
    Her innocent life is over and he wants to
    get his job back, odd to say the least.
    In any way what you dish out in life you get back and
    this former MD is no different for his future,even though you come from a classy background.

  • turtledove Apr 13, 2011

    I don't know about anyone else but I certainly wouldn't want him operating on me he would probably show up drunk.