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Alternative medicine pioneer charged with practicing without a license


MADISON (WKOW) -- A former doctor who was considered a leader in an alternative, cancer detection field has been charged with two misdemeanor crimes in Dane County court for practicing medicine without a license.

A criminal complaint against 89-year old William Hobbins states Hobbins ordered MRI tests on two women at Froedert Health in Waukesha in 2011, even though Hobbins' surrendered his medical license in 2009.

The Edgerton man tells 27 News his license status has no relationship to his medical expertise.

"If they want to strip me of my license, it doesn't change my knowledge," Hobbins tells 27 News.

"My patients call me constantly, every day, wanting my opinion, and I give my opinion freely," Hobbins says.

Hobbins tells 27 News he was involved in facilitating one woman's MRI test in 2011, but says his involvement was informal, and requested by a retired, former physician colleague.

But in a criminal complaint against Hobbins, authorities state documents signed by Hobbins were in records maintained by Froedert Hospital, authorizing the tests.

Court records state one woman who received an MRI said she had been a patient with Dr. Hobbins for a decade.

State reports show Hobbins surrendered his license in 2009 after a specialist's examination determined Hobbins had cognitive difficulties.

According to the criminal complaint, Froedert Health's risk management director told authorities Hobbins' ability to order medical tests without having a medical license were "...requests somehow slipped though the cracks."

Hobbins is considered an authority in the field of thermography, an alternative, cancer detection procedure. Hobbins' book Breast Cancer Boot Camp was released earlier this year.

A scheduled court date in Hobbins' case was postponed Thursday. A staff member with the Dane County district attorney's office had no information on the case's future, and the prosecutor tentatively assigned to the case, assistant Dane County district attorney Paul Humphrey has yet to return a call from 27 News. State department of safety and professional services chief legal counsel Michael Berndt, who was involved in the investigation of Hobbins, nor a spokesperson for DSPS, have offered comment on the case. 

UPDATE: Hobbins' case has been scheduled for a court hearing Sept. 30.

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