Dr. James Hendricks, a Napa-based urologist, may face disciplinary action after being accused of unprofessional conduct by the Medical Board of California.
The accusation, filed by the Medical Board on Dec. 10, stems from Hendricks’ July 2011 arrest for driving under the influence.
Hendricks was stopped close to midnight July 12, 2011 by the California Highway Patrol on Highway 221 south of Imola Avenue after driving approximately 20 mph over the speed limit and weaving within the lane, according to documents filed by the state Medical Board. Hendricks had a blood alcohol content of .17 percent, according to the Medical Board.
In November 2011, Hendricks pleaded no contest to the DUI charge in Napa Superior Court and was sentenced to serve four days in custody, to pay a fine, and to comply with standard conditions of probation for five years, according to the Medical Board.
After receiving notice of the arrest, the Medical Board initiated an investigation and interviewed Hendricks on Dec. 13, 2011 at his medical office in Napa.
During questioning, Hendricks informed the Medical Board that he was on call at Queen of the Valley Medical Center the night of his arrest. He also stated he was on call at the Queen Dec. 12 — the night before the Medical Board interview — and had drunk two or three glasses of wine.
According to a section of the Business and Professions Code cited by the Medical Board, the use of “alcoholic beverages, to the extent, or in such a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to the licensee, or to any other person or to the public, or to the extent that such use impairs the ability of the licensee to practice medicine safely ... constitutes unprofessional conduct.”
On Friday, Hendricks said he did not want to comment on the case, other than to say he believes the charges will be dropped. Hendricks has not had a hearing or been found guilty of any charges.
Hendricks, who practices at Napa Valley Urology Associates, was issued his Physician’s and Surgeon’s Certificate by the state Medical Board in September of 1998. That certificate will expire this December unless renewed.
If Hendricks is found guilty under the Medical Practice Act, his license may be revoked, suspended or he may be subject to other disciplinary action, such as being placed on probation.
Hendricks is entitled to dispute the charges at an administrative hearing, which closely resembles a court trial and is presided over by an administrative law judge.
The Medical Board of California, made up of physicians and the public, will make the final decision on any disciplinary action. Physicians have the right to appeal the final decision.