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Medboard Matters Podcast

NCMB has created several new resources to help patients understand what to expect during a physical examination and learn to recognize red flags and signs of possible sexual misconduct by a medical professional. Listen in as host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks with the Board's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Burke-Haynes and Deputy General Counsel, Brian Blankenship about these new consumer resources.

Posted December 18, 2020 | 
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Brian Blakenship

Deputy General Counsel

Brian Blakenship, Deputy General Counsel for the Board

Brian serves as Deputy General Counsel for NCMB where he supervises three attorneys and manages the prosecution and defense of all cases handled by Board attorneys. Prior to joining NCMB in 2002, Brian served as an Assistant Attorney General with the North Carolina Department of Justice where he was responsible for prosecuting law enforcement officers accused of misconduct. Brian has served for more than 24 years in the United States military, first as a member of the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) and, since 2001, as a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard.

Brian is frequently invited to speak at professional conferences on Medical Board investigations and prosecutions. In 2018, Brian was a presenter at the FSMB Board Attorney Workshop on Prosecuting Professional Sexual Misconduct Cases and in 2019, Brian served as a panel member of the General Session presentation, Sexual Boundary Violations: What State Medical Boards Need to Know.

Jean Fisher Brinkley

Communications Director, North Carolina Medical Board

Jean Fisher Brinkley

Jean Fisher Brinkley is NCMB’s Communications Director, a role that involves developing and overseeing production of communications materials and strategies needed to enhance public and professional awareness and understanding of the Board and its mission. She joined NCMB in 2008, after an 11-year career in newspaper journalism, most of it dedicated to reporting on medicine, health policy and the business aspects of health care.

Brinkley earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two daughters.

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Dr. Karen Burke-Haynes

Dr. Karen Burke-Haynes

Karen Burke-Haynes, MD, is Chief Medical Officer for the North Carolina Medical Board. Dr. Haynes, a pediatrician, has more than 25 years of experience working in academic and private practice settings. Prior to joining NCMB as its Assistant Medical Director in 2014, she was owner and managing physician of Stepping Stones Pediatrics in Raleigh. Dr. Haynes earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed postgraduate training in pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.


  • The Power of Touch
    Medical professionals are trained to use a variety of hands-on techniques during physical examinations. Read about the four common examination techniques.
  • Undergoing a Physical Examination: Your Rights
    Patients have the right to be treated with respect and sensitivity due to the vulnerable position they are in when undergoing a physical examination.
  • Know the Signs of Sexual Misconduct Brochure
    It is inappropriate and unethical for a medical professional to initiate sexual contact under the pretext of providing medical care. Learn how to protect yourself and recognize signs of misconduct.

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