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TAMPA ā€” State regulators announced Thursday they have barred a former Sebring cardiologist from prescribing controlled drugs, amid charges that he did so in exchange for cash and methamphetamine.

Gregory Gooden, 61, lists a Tampa apartment address in Department of Health records but has older ties to Polk County, where he faces criminal charges, including aiding and abetting hydrocodone trafficking.

“Dr. Gooden poses such a grave danger to the State of Florida that nothing short of the immediate restriction of Dr. Gooden’s license would be sufficient to protect the public from the danger that he poses,” Florida Surgeon General John H. Armstrong said in a Jan. 20 order.

In addition to prohibiting Gooden from prescribing controlled drugs, an emergency measure, the state began formal disciplinary proceedings.

When Gooden was arrested last fall, the Polk Sheriff’s Office said he lived in Winter Haven and had been working at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Sebring.








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