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Why Dr. Irene Kimura’s License Was Revoked Permanently

A Washington physician, Dr. Irene Kimura, has had her medical license permanently revoked by the Washington Department of Health after being found guilty of contributing to the deaths of two patients and exhibiting negligence in another case. The Columbia Basin Herald reported the shocking details of the case on July 27.

The charges filed against Dr. Irene Kimura are grave and highlight a series of disturbing incidents. According to the July 18 order, she was accused of prescribing medications to patients without thoroughly reviewing their medical records or conducting proper examinations. Tragically, this negligence led to the deaths of two patients, both of whom showed signs of misusing opioids and other medications.

The first patient, who passed away in 2017 after being treated by Dr. Kimura for two months, had a cause of death that was not reported. However, it is clear that his misuse of medications played a significant role in his demise. The second patient, whose treatment spanned from 2013 to 2022, also succumbed to his addiction, but his death was compounded by an alarming ethical breach.

Dr. Irene Kimura
Dr. Irene Kimura

In 2013, Dr. Kimura allegedly borrowed a substantial amount of money, approximately $25,000, from the patient with an agreement to repay it either in cash or by providing drug samples. Regrettably, she did not fulfill this obligation before the patient’s passing in May 2022, raising serious questions about her professional conduct.

Furthermore, Dr. Kimura’s lack of proper supervision and care extended to a third patient, who happened to be the wife of the first patient. From 2017 to 2020, the physician treated the third patient, who exhibited signs of mental health disorders and substance abuse. However, Dr. Kimura failed to address these conditions adequately and neglected to collaborate with other physicians involved in her care.

The report from the Washington Department of Health raises significant concerns about the medical practices of Dr. Irene Kimura. Her failure to provide appropriate care, along with the alleged ethical violations, has resulted in the irrevocable loss of her medical license, protecting patients from potential harm in the future.

The case of Dr. Irene Kimura serves as a cautionary tale, underscoring the importance of adhering to ethical and professional standards in the medical field. Patient safety and well-being should always remain the top priority for healthcare professionals, and any deviations from these principles can lead to severe consequences, as witnessed in this distressing incident. Authorities will undoubtedly remain vigilant in upholding the integrity of the medical profession and ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of care from all practitioners.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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