Doctor Responds to Appeals Court Decision

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state appeals court has ruled against a Montgomery cancer doctor trying to keep his medical license after being accused of endangering the health of his patients.

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals issued a 4-1 decision Friday that went against Dr. David Morrison.

The Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama had revoked Morrison's license and fined him $266,000 after he was accused of performing unnecessary and painful treatments on patients, including one who nearly died.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Charles Price had stayed the decision by the licensing board.

But the appeals court set aside that ruling Friday.

An attorney for Morrison, Jim Ward of Birmingham, says Morrison has the option of taking the case to the Alabama Supreme Court, but no decision has been made.

WSFA 12 News has obtained a statement from Dr. Morrison in which he shows his disappointment with the ruling.

" I am very disappointed in today's decision but I will continue to fight for my patients and my right to practice medicine," Morrison writes, "I am confident that when this legal process is complete I will win. I am very thankful for the many local physicians and the patients who continue to stand by my side through it all.  I will be forever grateful for their prayers and their support.

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