Dr. Robert Rook, the Conway physician facing three rape counts involving patients and an ongoing police probe into allegations by other patients, lost a bid in Pulaski Circuit Court this week to have his license suspension lifted.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen Monday refused Rook’s request for a rehearing of an earlier decision not to override the Arkansas Medical Board’s license suspension. Griffen said Rook had not exhausted his administrative remedies before the Medical Board. The board set a hearing on Rook’s license in August, two months after the suspension. Rook argued that was too long to wait for a hearing. The judge acknowledged that was a long period, but he said Rook had not shown the board acted unlawfully or unreasonably. He said Rook had failed to demonstrate the board could have heard his appeal earlier.
Tuesday, Rook gave notice of appeal of Griffen’s rulings to the Arkansas Supreme Court. He contends the delay is doing him irreparable harm, through damage to his reputation and loss of business, plus it is harming patients and his employees.