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Filing a Complaint with the Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB)

The Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) is responsible for regulating and enforcing the Medical Practice Act to ensure public safety. The Board evaluates each complaint to determine if it falls within its jurisdiction, which includes various healthcare professionals such as physicians, physician assistants, respiratory care professionals, acupuncturists, and more.

Complaint Eligibility and Process

Anyone can file a complaint with the GCMB to report possible misconduct and hold medical providers accountable. Complaints can be submitted online or by mail using the downloadable form available on the GCMB website. When completing the form, provide as much detail as possible, and if a section does not apply, write “N/A” (not applicable). Anonymous complaints are accepted but must include sufficient evidence for the Board to take action.

Jurisdiction of GCMB

The GCMB reviews complaints related to:

  • Substandard medical care
  • Missed or delayed diagnoses and medical errors
  • Inappropriate or excessive prescribing
  • Unprofessional or unethical conduct (e.g., misrepresenting credentials, violating patient confidentiality, billing for services not provided)
  • Sexual assault or other sexual misconduct by a medical provider

Complaints outside GCMB’s jurisdiction include:

  • Billing complaints or fee disputes
  • Workers Compensation complaints
  • Legal or medical advice
  • Investigate complaints against anyone who is not licensed under the Medical Board. Some examples are: 





Insurance Companies




Doctors' office staff

Family counselors




Social Workers

Such complaints should be directed to the appropriate state-licensing agency.

Impact of Filing a Complaint

Filing a complaint may lead to the medical professional being notified, which could result in the licensee dismissing the patient. The GCMB does not provide direct assistance or intervene in patient care, nor does it resolve disputes, change treatment decisions, obtain financial settlements, or prepare lawsuits.


Additional Information

There is no statute of limitations for filing a complaint, but timely submissions are encouraged for accuracy. Upon receiving a complaint, the GCMB will acknowledge receipt and notify the complainant of the status and final action. Investigations may involve obtaining medical records and contacting the complainant for additional information. All investigative materials are confidential and privileged by law.

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