Scottsdale doctor accused of stealing drugs returns to practice

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A doctor accused of stealing drugs to support an addiction has returned to practicing medicine.

Dr. Paul Holden is practicing plastic surgery in Scottsdale after being arrested in July for allegedly breaking into a pharmacy and stealing a cocaine-like drug.

The Arizona Medical Board put his license on hold after the arrest and ordered him to get addiction treatment, which is standard procedure. In November, the board ruled that he could practice medicine again.

"I was shocked at the turnaround time," said Nancy Wilson, a former patient of the doctor.

Wilson said she paid Holden $20,000 for surgery on her face and quickly became dissatisfied with his work.

“My surgery was six hours and, afterwards, things started to happen,” she said. “I was not pleased, and I felt like my appearance was not improved very much at all.”

The executive director of the state medical board said Holden has gone through the required treatment and is being monitored. However, there is no information about Holden’s situation on the board’s website.

“My goal is to see a change in the Arizona Medical Board’s site,” Wilson said, “so that it protects the consumer, (and) that if somebody’s really doing their research and there is something there that would stop them from seeing a certain doctor, that they can find it.”

When reached at work and home, Holden did not have any comment. His legal case is still making its way through Maricopa County Superior Court, with court records indicating he has a trial date set for the end of March.