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Helen doctor accused of practicing without license
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Ronald Wheeler

A doctor in Helen purportedly specializing in prostate cancer diagnoses was arrested by the White County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, May 8, for allegedly practicing without a license.

It’s not the first time Ronald Wheeler, 71, has been accused of this illegal activity.

In September 2017, police in Sarasota, Fla., arrested him for practicing without a license, Sarasota Police said.

That came after the Florida Department of Health revoked Wheeler’s medical license in April 2017 after he was found to have diagnosed four patients with prostate cancer by MRI and prescribing treatment rather than giving them a biopsy between 2008 and 2013. 

Though Wheeler posted a $5,000 bond on Wednesday, May 9, he was arrested again Thursday, May 10, on an extradition hold out of Florida, according to White County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rick Kelley.

Kelley said Wheeler began operating in Sautee Nacoochee earlier this year before opening a location on South Main Street in Helen in recent weeks.

Kelley said the Sheriff’s Office had received several complaints about Wheeler over the last several months, and “additional information” led them to execute a search warrant in conjunction with the Helen Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“We checked with the Georgia Medical Board and confirmed that he did not have a license,” Kelley said.

Kelley urged any patients that may have been treated by Wheeler contact Kelley at 706-865-5177.

Daily News Editor Clark Leonard contributed to this report.

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