About the Board
The North Carolina Medical Board was established April 15, 1859, by the General Assembly “in order to properly regulate the practice of medicine and surgery for the benefit and protection of the people of North Carolina.”
The practice of medicine is a privilege granted by the state. The North Carolina Medical Board, through efficient and dedicated organization, will license, monitor, discipline, educate, and when appropriate, rehabilitate physicians and mid-level practitioners to assure their fitness and competence in the service of the people of North Carolina. In fulfilling its mission, the Board will play a leading role in the ever-changing health care environment through dialogue with the public, the legislature, academia and the medical community.
The Board consists of 13 members appointed by the Governor. Eight of the 13 are licensed physicians, one is a licensed physician assistant (PA), one is an approved nurse practitioner (NP), and three are members of the public with no financial or professional interest in a health service or profession.
Seven of the licensed physicians and both the PA and NP members are nominated to the Governor by an independent Review Panel, which recommends at least two candidates for each open seat on the Board. The four remaining members of the Board are named at the discretion of the Governor.
All Board members serve three-year terms. State law limits members to serving two full, consecutive terms on the Board.
The Board meets or holds disciplinary hearings monthly. Meetings or hearings typically last two to three days and include committee meetings and interviews, as well as disciplinary and licensing activities. Though some Board business, such as meetings to discuss investigative or complaint information, is confidential under law, Board meetings are otherwise open to the public and media. Meeting schedules, agendas and minutes are available from the Board’s office or website.
The Board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Raleigh. The Board is a public organization that regulates medical professionals for the state. It operates outside of the state budget process, with 100 percent of its operating budget provided by license application and renewal fees.