GRAYSTONE EYE CLINIC - Medical Malpractice

Posted on Saturday, March 19th, 2011 at 10:54pm CDT by c3f58ba1



Location: HICKORY, NC, 28602, US

Category: Other

Randal James Williams - MD

License#: 16481 License Status: Active NCMB Public Action: No

Issue Date: 06/19/1969 Renewal Date: 04/05/2011

Licensee General InformationPractice InformationEducation, Certifications & Area of PracticeMemberships, Honors, Awards, & Public Service Academic Appointments & Publications Actions Regulatory Board, Agency, & Health Care Institution Malpractice Convictions Licensee General Information

Licensee Limitations

License Limitations:

Active License

Reason Code License Number Subcategory Issue Date Expire Date

16481 06/19/1969

Inactive License

Reason Code License Number Subcategory Issue Date Expire Date


Supervisee Type Status Approval Date Inactive Date

Spainhour, David PA Inactive 05/05/2000

North Carolina Hospital Admitting Privileges

Catawba Valley Medical Center

Frye Regional Medical Center

Out of State Active/Inactive Licenses

North Carolina

Out of Country Active/Inactive Licenses

None Reported

Year of Birth: 1944

Practice Information


Graystone Ophthalmology Associates (828) 322-2050

PO Box 2588

Hickory, NC 28603-2588


Days patients are seen at this practice:

Practice Philosophy:

Non-English languages spoken by licensee:

Non-English languages spoken in office:

Participates in Medicare:

Accepting new Medicare Patients:

Participates in Medicaid:

Accepting new Medicaid Patients:

Uses electronic medical records:

Education, Certifications & Area of Practice

Medical School

Duke Year of Graduation: 1969

Post Graduate Training

None Reported

Current ABMS or AOA Board Certification and Year of Certification/Recertification

Primary/Subspecialty Year

Ophthalmology 1980

Area of Practice

Area Of Practice Primary Area of Practice


Years of active clinical practice:

Memberships, Honors, Awards, & Public Service

Current Membership in Medical Professional Organizations


American Academy of Ophthalmology

Catawba County Medical Society

North Carolina Medical Society

American Medical Association

Honors and Awards

None Reported

Professional Service

None Reported

Academic Appointments & Publications

Current Academic Appointments

None Reported


None Reported

Actions Regulatory Board, Agency, & Health Care Institution

North Carolina Medical Board Public Actions

None Reported

Other Regulatory Board or Agency Public Actions

None Reported

Health Care Institution Suspensions and Revocations

None Reported


Malpractice Information

This section indicates whether a malpractice payment has been made on behalf of the licensee. In accordance with North Carolina law, the Board posts on this website: 1. Malpractice judgments and awards that occurred within the last seven years and 2. Settlements of $75,000 or more that occurred on or after May 1, 2008. Payment information is displayed for seven years (from the date of the judgment, award or settlement).

The Board encourages the public to consider malpractice payment information in context and in combination with other information about the licensees education, training and professional experience.

Please see Interpreting Malpractice Payment Information below.

The Board reviewed this payment and determined that no public action was warranted.

Date of Incident Date of Payment Area of Practice Incident City Incident State Incident Country Licensee Response

11/23/1999 04/02/2004 Ophthalmology Hickory NC United States

Interpreting Malpractice Payment Information

North Carolina Medical Board Public Action associated with a malpractice payment

An important factor to consider when interpreting malpractice payment information is whether the payment is associated with a public action of the NC Medical Board. The Board reviews the quality of care associated with every malpractice payment involving a North Carolina licensee. The Board takes public action when its investigation determines patient care was below accepted and prevailing standards.

When considering malpractice payment data, please keep in mind:

?The existence of a payment does not necessarily mean that malpractice has occurred. Nor is a payment necessarily evidence of incompetence, misconduct or an admission of wrongdoing on the part of the licensee.

?It often takes years for a malpractice claim to move through the legal and/or liability insurance systems. The incident that resulted in a payment may have taken place years before the payment was made.

?Malpractice payment histories vary by area of practice. Some licensees may have a higher-than-average incidence of malpractice payments because they specialize in treating patients who are at a high risk for problems.

?Malpractice insurance companies sometimes settle cases because it is less costly to make a monetary settlement than it is to defend a case in court. Many times, such cases are settled without a finding of fault or admission of negligence by the licensee.

ConvictionsMisdemeanor Conviction Information

None Reported

Felony Conviction Information

None Reported



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