GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The 13 Watchdog team discovered in state documents that a local medical doctor is facing possible sanctions after failing to notify the state of Michigan of his criminal convictions.
Documents we obtained show state experts are concerned the doctor's past criminal cases could affect his ability to practice in a "safe and competent manner".
Because of the nature of what the doctor does, the situation, perhaps, has more significance.
Dr. Thomas Gordon is the Medical Director at the Heritage Clinic in Grand Rapids. That clinic is the only abortion clinic listed on the National Abortion Federation's registry of available providers. Gordon's clinic is one of the few options available in West Michigan for a woman to have a surgical abortion outside of a hospital.
Over several months leaders at Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs investigated Dr. Gordon's past and concluded in a complaint filed by the state last month that the doctor was not complying with the state's Public Health Code. Specifically that he didn't report to the Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs his criminal record as required.
Here are the convictions not reported and his sentences in parentheses:
1992 Aggravated Assault (suspended jail sentence)
2012 Domestic Violence (sentenced to 4 days in jail)
2015 Disorderly Person (suspended jail sentence)
2015 Operating While Intoxicated (probation)
In 2010, Gordon's wife Shelly filed a Personal Protection Order against him. She wrote quote:
"Thomas has beat (me) several times in the past 3 years, he has even put his 45 mm pistol to my head when I was sleeping."
In the 2012 incident that involved the criminal conviction, police reports indicated Gordon said to his then wife in that incident quote "I'll shoot you and any one that ________ with me."
Gordon is the Medical Director at the Heritage Clinic for Women in Grand Rapids. The clinic's web site says Gordon has served as the MD at the clinic since 1986 and that "he possesses a strong sense of dedication, professionalism and integrity."
We tried to contact him on Wednesday by phone and didn't reach him. We also asked for him Friday at his office but we didn't get a response from him.
State licensing workers, in documents, seem to show concern about Dr. Gordon's past behavior.
In the complaint filed against him, state regulators say the convictions quote "constitute a misdemeanor conviction that is reasonably related to or that adversely affects the licensee's ability to practice in a safe and competent manner".
Dr. Gordon has until June 6 to respond to the complaint filed against him.
If he fails to respond, the state's licensing agency will forward the complaint to the Board of Medicine’s disciplinary subcommittee to impose a sanction against him. The sanction could be probation, a license suspension or a fine.