By Sally Vothfirstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- A former Winchester Medical Center anesthesiologist suspended after she admitted stealing patients' morphine has been deemed fit to practice medicine again.
Dr. Marianne Parham Matthews appeared before a Virginia Board of Medicine special conference committee on Aug. 25, according to an order from the board entered Sept. 7. The committee reinstated her license.
Matthews' license was indefinitely suspended in June 2009. A 2009 Valley Health medical staff directory showed she was employed by Winchester Anesthesiologists Inc.
A consent order from June 2009 says that Matthews admitted diverting morphine for her own use several times between October 2007 and October 2008. She was providing anesthesia for a carotid endarterectomy on Oct. 3, 2008, when she diverted morphine and took it herself, the order says.
The 2009 order says that Matthews entered the Virginia Health Practitioners' Intervention Program shortly afterward.
The order says she couldn't apply for reinstatement for two years.
Matthews has been in therapy and has had negative drug screens, the Sept. 7 order says.
"All reports from her therapist have been favorable, indicating no concern of further impairment," it says.
Untreated migraines and stress led to her addiction, according to the order.
"The Committee determined that Dr. Matthews displayed great insight into her addiction and ongoing recovery," the order says. "She has embraced her recovery and her support system to ensure continued success with her sobriety."