California Psychiatrist Michael Vivian throws in the towel

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Ventura Star
Ventura psychiatrist surrenders medical license
By Tom Kisken
July 12, 2017

Psychiatrist Michael Vivian

A Ventura psychiatrist accused of violating his medical probation surrendered the license that allowed him to practice as a doctor in California, regulators said.

Dr. Michael Vivian was placed on five years probation by the Medical Board of California last year after being accused of using amphetamines in his office, including a 2014 incident when he was allegedly found passed out. He entered a drug treatment program later that year.

In October last year, the board issued an order to stop Vivian’s medical practice, accusing him of failing to undergo biological testing required as part of his probation, according to medical records.

In November, a petition was filed with the medical board to revoke Vivian’s probation, citing the alleged missed tests. He was also accused of using amphetamine tablets in June 2016.

The doctor initially indicated he would defend himself in the revocation matter but then agreed to surrender his medical license, according to board records. The decision became effective Friday.

“After three years, he can petition to get his license back,” said medical board spokeswoman Cassandra Hockenson, noting it often takes longer than three years.

Vivian was originally licensed to practice in California in 1994. Vivian’s lawyer did not return a phone call.

California Psychiatrist Michael Vivian