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State suspends medical license of former Tomah VA Chief of Staff
March, 16 2016

Psychiatrist David Houlihan

Psychiatrist David Houlihan


MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – The former Chief of Staff of the troubled Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center won’t be practicing medicine anytime soon.

The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board suspended the medical license of the former VA psychiatrist Dr. David Houlihan Wednesday.

In a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Houlihan was known by some veterans as the ‘Candy Man’ for handing out excess narcotics.

Houlihan was fired from the VA and his clinical privileges was revoked back in November. In February, it was reported Houlihan was joining Counseling Associates out of Winona, but would work out of La Crosse.

An attorney for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services called Houlihan’s practice of medicine “downright dangerous.”

Houlihan told a television station in Madison that he finds it difficult “to not have the actual facts come out,” and that his record shows he has provided “great care for our veterans.”

DAVID HOULIHAN