Each month the Washington State Department of Health sends us lists of disciplinary action taken against medical providers, ranging from chiropractors to surgeons and nurses. They're listed by county, but not very often do we see ones for the Tri-Cities.  Dr. Victor O. Brooks has had his medical license suspended indefinitely, pending legal proceedings, according to the Health Department.

The Department says Brooks "committed unprofessional conduct by practicing beyond the scope of his hospital privileges, violating the state’s Pain Management Rules in treating chronic noncancerous pain, and prescribing excessive amounts of controlled substances. The combined effects of the alleged misconduct by Brooks present an imminent danger to the safety and welfare of the public. Dr. Brooks cannot practice as a physician in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and to request a hearing."

Several internet searches show Brooks previously had privileges at Kennewick General Hospital (now TRIOS) and had a practice at 1525 Court Street in Pasco. However, the most reliable information says the practice is "permanently closed."

He ran a general practice, but allegations were filed accusing him of managing and treating high-risk obstetric patients in violation of his allowed privileges. He is also accused of treating chronic pain patients who were non-cancerous with potentially lethal doses of pain medications.