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Knoxville Veterans’ Home Physician’s License Suspended for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners has suspended the medical license of a doctor who works at a Knoxville veterans home after an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

The board issued a summary suspension order to Randolph M. Lowry which was signed on March 16.

Lowry works as an internal medicine physician at Ben Atchley State Veterans’ Home in Karns, 20 miles west of Knoxville. The order prohibits Lowry from practicing as a physician in the state of Tennessee.

An investigation into Lowry was launched after state authorities received a complaint alleging he engaged in sexual misconduct while working at Wellness North in Knoxville, a clinic now known as the Behavioral Health Group Medical Services.

The stay order found that Lowry was using his position of power as a doctor to obtain sexual favors from patients from vulnerable populations, including those who suffered from addiction.

Several witnesses interviewed by investigators who received treatment from Lowry testified that he engaged in sexual misconduct. A patient who started seeing Lowry in 2018 for treatment for her opioid addiction told investigators he threatened to stop prescribing her suboxone if she told anyone about the alleged misconduct.

Lowry will have until Wednesday, March 23 to request an informal hearing to respond to the allegations. He has been a licensed physician in the state of Tennessee since 1979.


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