Ex-Gov. Robert Bentley working as doctor at Tuscaloosa dermatology clinic – AL.com

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017
Dr Bentley at desk.PNGFormer Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Dermatology Care of Alabama’s website. (Contributed photo/Dermatology Care of Alabama)

Former Alabama governor Robert Bentley is back to practicing medicine.

Bentley is listed as the owner and only physician for Dermatology Care of Alabama. The practice is located at 900 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Tuscaloosa.

“Dr. Robert Bentley comes to Dermatology Care of Alabama, known as a familiar face to Alabamians and a skilled and caring physician to patients,” the clinic’s website notes. “Dermatology Care of Alabama is pleased to have Dr. Bentley leading our staff to serve our patients’ dermatological needs.”

Bentley, 74, resigned in April as part of plea deal related to campaign finance and ethics violations in connection to his relationship with former staffer Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Part of his plea deal required him to perform 100 hours of community service as a doctor.

Bentley’s term as governor is referenced on the clinic’s website.

“Dr. Bentley retired from private practice in 2010 when he was overwhelmingly elected by the people of the state to serve as Alabama’s 53rd Governor. During his time in public service, Dr. Bentley prioritized the needs of the average Alabamian, drawing particular attention to rural and impoverished parts of the state, and led efforts to bring not only well-paying jobs, but also qualified physicians and greater access to healthcare to those areas of Alabama,” the website notes.

 

At the time of his resignation, Bentley said he hoped to teach medical residents at a family medical program in Centreville. The Cahaba Family Medicine Residency Program in Centreville did not respond to AL.com’s questions related to Bentley working at the facility.

Bentley had a dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa before becoming governor and maintained his medical license. His plea deal prevents him from seeking political office in the future.

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