Topeka Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office is looking into the records of a physician who was appointed to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts - after retiring his Missouri medical license rather than face a disciplinary hearing.
Sebelius' spokeswoman, Nicole Corcoran, said the governor was unaware of Dr. Howard Ellis' license issues when she appointed him last month.
Ellis, from the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, had served three previous terms on the Board of Healing Arts and was its president from 1996 to 1997 and 2002 to 2003. The board is responsible for licensing doctors, enforcing state regulations of their practices and investigating allegations of malpractice or professional misconduct.
The Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts alleged, in a complaint filed in 2003, that Ellis tried to convince another doctor to alter records and submitted erroneous medical records to investigators in another case.
Ellis, 52, retired his license on May 24 without admitting any wrongdoing.