Health Professions Unit


The Health Professions Unit (HPU) provides a focused and effective administrative prosecution of cases against health care professionals involving violations of health care-related laws and regulations before the various health care regulatory boards under the Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP).

The Unit's staff primarily focuses on providing legal advice and representation of a prosecutorial nature to the Boards within DHP, including, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Counseling, Long-Term Care Administrators, Social Work, Psychology, Physical Therapy, Optometry, and Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to prosecuting administrative actions against the licensees, HPU provides training to investigators, Board staff, and Board members. Many of the cases that HPU prosecutes involve standard of care violations, substance abuse, mental illness/incompetence, sexual touching, and patient abuse. Following formal hearings before the Boards, disciplinary sanctions, including suspension and revocation of licenses, are often imposed.


Frank W. Pedrotty

Section Chief

Health Professions Unit

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219