Dr. Stover barred from practicing in Hawaii

Dr. Stover barred from practicing in Hawaii
Photo of Dr. Stover
Photo of Dr. Stover

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are now 27 formal complaints filed against Dr. Stover, but today's action makes it official he will not work on any other patients in Hawaii again.

"The vote was seven in favor with one abstention," said Danny Takanishi, Jr., MD, Hawaii Medical Board Chairperson, announcing that the Board has accepted the settlement regarding Dr. John Stover.

Dr. Stover voluntarily revoked his licenses and also agreed not to conduct or supervise any medical or dental procedures in Hawaii ever again.

"I would hope some people may take comfort in the fact that he is unable to practice any longer," said Brent Suyama, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Communications Officer. "If something happens to your family members or yourself, I think it's difficult to feel any vindication in that regards, however this does end this licensee's practice."

The license revocation will also go into the National Practitioner Data Bank so if he applies for a license in any other state in the country Hawaii's punishment will show up.

"It would make it very difficult to get a license in another state at this point," said Suyama.

There are 27 formal complaints against Dr. Stover. One involves the death of Curtis Wagasky after going in to have a single tooth removed. Another focuses on Kristen Tavares who went into a coma after having her wisdom teeth pulled.

We spoke with Kristen's dad today, who says he is happy Dr. Stover won't work in Hawaii. Joe Tavares is flying back to Maui tonight. His daughter is still in a coma, although he will tell her the news.

Dr. Stover was an oral and cosmetic surgeon. He closed his three offices on the Big Island April 11. Patients are still able to file civil or criminal charges against him.

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