default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Lodi doctor accused of using drugs, inappropriate behavior on the job

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:23 pm | Updated: 11:05 am, Wed Jun 6, 2012.

A Lodi doctor may lose his license after admitting to state medical investigators that he was getting high and watching pornography while on the job.

Dr. Peter Graff Hickox, 56, an obstetrician and gynecologist, admitted to officials with the Medical Board of California that he was hooked on inhalants and was watching pornography while at work. The board filed an immediate order to suspend Hickox's license May 17, according to board spokesman Dan Wood.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?



You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 20 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 20 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription at this time and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 209-369-2761. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?



More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Billie Jo Sennett posted at 6:37 pm on Thu, May 24, 2012.

    Billie Jo Sennett Posts: 1

    First and Most Importand Dr Hickox I, my family, and many others love you dearly and are praying for you! You have such a huge support system for you if you need us just like you were always there when we needed you! xoxo.......Now Dr Hickox is human and as with anyone such as police officers, judges, teachers if they find themselves trapped with an addiction the should be allowed to seek treatment just because one scheduled appointment was missed he may of had things that came up but just like with others his business should not of been put out like this. This should of stayed with the medical board to me this is a breech of confidentiality.....Dr Hickox has never hurt anyone he helpped my husband and I get pregnant with our first son and he was suppose to be delivering my third son who im expecting in october now I dont know if thats going to break my heart especially since every Dr I have seen since has been very mean and are causing me alot of pain...either way Dr Hickox Shane and I are here for you.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 2:20 pm on Thu, May 24, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2798

    Given the fact that the guy confessed, I am left to wonder why the headline reads "accused" .

  • adri gutierrez posted at 1:45 pm on Thu, May 24, 2012.

    CarpeDiem Posts: 2

    Its not gory, its just the hard hitting facts . I think the Lodi New Sentinel is professional , well respected newspaper and I dont think the reporters need to "excercise discretion" its not like people havent heard of this stuff before.

  • Jay Samone posted at 8:09 am on Thu, May 24, 2012.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Rhiannon - I was a patient of Dr. Hickox too - I thought he was great! He delivered my daughter and he seemed as normal as anyone else around - although I did question a couple of night nurses at LMH (they looked like they did meth regularly) but I digress.

    It looks like the truth was told - he admitted it. He admitted he has a drug problem and he needs help. I don't understand why he used inhalants - I mean, most Drs have coke problems right? But whatever. I don't know if you have ever taken out trash, but I usually look at the trash when I bend down to pull it out of the can. If I were a janitor and I saw several cans of illegal inhalants, I think I'd say something too. If he were innocent, an investigation would easily clear him of any wrong doing. What everyone should be focused on is that he get the treatment he needs to be sober and that no one was harmed (that has been reported) while under his care.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 10:46 pm on Wed, May 23, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2798

    Looks like the truth has been told and its pretty graphic. The guy confessed so its a little hard to see some sort of a conspiracy here.

  • Rhiannon Viramontes posted at 4:37 pm on Wed, May 23, 2012.

    Mommyrhi Posts: 1

    I just have one question, if the Gills knew about this why did it take them so long to report it? Why was the janitor going through his trash? Hmmm this just doesnt add up to me! I agree with Barbara, way too much information was mentioned in this article.

    I have been a pt of Dr. Hickox for many years. He has became an amazing friend and has always been there for not only our family but many others. We are love him and are praying for him! The truth will be told...

  • Jose Sanborn posted at 9:29 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 37

    You're right Barbara, I think there is way too much graphic information in this article. Please Lodi News-Sentinel, have your reporters exercise a little discretion in their articles.

  • barbara wells posted at 7:44 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    barbara wells Posts: 25

    Honestly, is it necessary to put all the gory details in this story? Children may read this story, and besides it shows a lack of professional tact.



Popular Stories



Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists