How to File a Complaint

The Board only will investigate complaints that allege a violation of Oregon law by a Board licensee.  Please see these examples of issues that the Board may and may not investigate.  In all cases, the Board will notify the person filing the complaint about whether or not an investigation will occur.
  
You may file a complaint with the Board by using the Complaint Form  or by submitting a letter to the Board that includes the following information:
 
  • The full name of the licensee about whom you are filing a complaint.
  • The patient's name, mailing address, telephone number and date of birth.
  • If you are not the patient, your name, address, and telephone number.
  • A description of the incident about which you are filing a complaint, including the date(s) when it happened, and where (clinic, doctor's office, hospital, nursing home).
  • Please provide as much detail about the incident as possible.
  • If any other doctors treated the patient before or after the incident, please include the names of these providers.
If an investigation is conducted, the person who filed the complaint will be notified when the case is resolved and the circumstances under which it was resolved. Please note that complaints can take many months to resolve, so your patience during the investigative process is appreciated. At any time during the investigative process, persons who file complaints are welcome to contact the Board regarding the status of their complaint. 
 
Written complaints should be mailed to the following address:
 
Oregon Medical Board
Chief Investigator
1500 SW 1st Ave. #620
Portland, OR 97201

Confidentiality
 
Oregon law (ORS 676.175) requires that information provided to the Board be kept confidential.  The information gathered during investigations will not be disclosed or available for uses outside the Board.  The confidentiality requirement means that the specifics of the investigation cannot be shared with anyone, including the complainant.  If a violation is found and the case is settled with an Order by the Board, the Order is public information.  There is a $10.00 fee for a copy of the Order. 
 
Persons who file a complaint or provide information during an investigation and do so in good faith are protected and cannot be sued solely because they provided information to the Board (ORS 677.335 and 677.425).