RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56) – A Kentucky doctor who failed a drug test after being pulled from an operating room in 2018 has lost the ability to practice again.

According to an order filed with the state medical licensure board, Dr. Michael Heilig is “not to constitute the practice of medicine”.

The order said the interim suspension is meant to ensure the public’s safety while the board completes an investigation.

Heilig lost his operating privileges in 2018 when members of his surgical team accused him of being impaired during surgeries at Clark Regional Medical Center. That suspension lasted 90 days.

In the summer of 2020 Heilig opened a new practice called Assured Orthopedics in Richmond.

A current client told FOX 56 that Heilig has not been in his office for several days and assistants have been covering his appointments.