SACRAMENTO - A physician who lost his license for molesting a young female relative over a span of six years has dropped his effort to practice medicine again.
Kenneth Bruce Woods, 63, was a urologist with staff privileges at Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Mercy San Juan Medical Center prior to his 2001 conviction.
As a registered sex offender, Woods is prohibited from working as a doctor in California.
Under the alias "John Doe," Woods filed a petition in Sacramento Superior Court last October seeking an order forcing the Medical Board of California to reinstate his medical license on the grounds he no longer poses a possible risk to patients.
His attorney, Steven Simas, believed it was the first lawsuit of its kind in California.
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But less than two months before a scheduled hearing, Woods filed paperwork to dismiss the lawsuit.
Simas said an August 27 memo from the judge presiding over the case led to the decision to abandon the effort.
"The statute we were proceeding under was poorly written and did not provide much guidance on how the court was to proceed in this unique case," Simas said in an email. "Thus, the case became unexpectedly expanded in scope and in time beyond our and our client's expectations."