Sacramento battle over telling patients about doctors’ probation
SACRAMENTO — Dr. Wanda Heffernon, a former UCSF anesthesiologist, made headlines in 2001 when she pleaded guilty to stealing credit cards from her fellow physicians and forging prescriptions to feed her drug addiction.
Now, many years later, Heffernon is licensed to practice medicine in California.
After surrendering her license in 2001, Heffernon successfully petitioned the Medical Board of California in 2014 to get it back on the condition she remain on probation for five years. It’s unclear whether Heffernon, who lives in Oakland, is currently practicing medicine. She hastily declined to comment when reached by phone.