Port Royal doctor remains on leave, authorities tight-lipped on DEA case

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comAugust 24, 2012 

A local physician remains on an indefinite leave of absence after being identified earlier this year as the target of a federal drug investigation.

Dr. David Vincent Rhodes has not returned to practice at the Lowcountry Medical Group and will not do so until the investigation is over, said Hunter Kerrigan, spokesman for the Port Royal clinic.

Rhodes was identified by authorities in May as being at the center of a DEA investigation that prompted federal authorities to visit his office at 300 Midtown Drive.

No charges have been filed against Rhodes in state or federal courts, according to court records.

Rhodes was first licensed in 1994 to practice medicine, but his credentials were suspended indefinitely by state officials May 7, according to the S.C. Board of Medical Examiners.

A letter from the board to Rhodes did not specify the reason for the disciplinary action, state records show.

Rhodes is a board-certified family practice physician who received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, according to the Lowcountry Medical Group website.

It is unclear whether the DEA's investigation of Rhodes is linked to the arrest this week of 18 Beaufort County residents who were charged by federal law enforcement officials with conspiring to sell and distribute cocaine and Oxycodone.

Peter Phillips, assistant U.S. attorney, declined to discuss any possible connection between the cases.

Kerrigan said Lowcountry Medical Group has not been involved in the recent arrests.

"Lowcountry Medical Group was not in contact with, or involved with in any way, the U.S. Attorney's Office or DEA regarding the recent Beaufort residents' arrests," Kerrigan said in an email. "Therefore, we have no comment on them."

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