An 88-year old doctor who treats residents of small, poverty-stricken Mississippi towns, may lose his medical license because he does his business out of his 2007 Toyota Camry.
The Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure recently asked Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, a private physician with more than 55 years experience, to hand over his medical license.
Landrum said he thinks the reason for the request is the board learning he openly practiced his care out of the back of his car. In a hearing at the Mississippi State Board Medical Licensure, Landrum said he was labeled “incompetent” because the board cannot identify a specific violation.
Landrum denies any wrongdoing and said he responds to patients who have no other option for care.
The Board of Medical Licensure is currently investigating Landrum’s complaint, according to a local NBC affiliate station. The board’s executive director H. Vann Craig, however, declined to confirm an ongoing investigation because he can only publicly discuss the official actions of the board.
“The mission of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure,” Craig said, “is to protect the public.”
Over the last two years, Landrum met patients at a location most convenient for them – be it at their home, in a parking lot or inside his Camry.
Community members said they think Landrum served the community well and should not lose his medical license.
“There are many, many people here who do not have transportation to Vicksburg, Clinton, Jackson, and he truly serves a purpose,” said Karen Holt, an Edwards resident. “And there are people who come to him who would not get medical treatment otherwise.”
Landrum said he goes out of his way to help the poor because he has an obligation to help any person overcome an illness or affliction, regardless of income.
“I grew up poor, and when the doctor would come to us, and he was happy to see us, I pictured myself doing that some day,” he said. “I try not to ever turn people away — money or no money – because that’s where the need is.”