The Vermont Medical Practice Board is expected to schedule a hearing next month for a Burlington, Vt., eye doctor who faces 136 counts of unprofessional conduct.
Attorneys for David Chase, M.D., have twice sought to have the charges dismissed. The board rejected both attempts, ruling on the most recent request Friday.
Chase first sought to regain his license, based on allegations that state investigators fabricated part of their report on him. He won that effort, then agreed not to practice until the case was resolved.
Chase is a longtime Burlington eye doctor whom prosecutors and former patients have accused of performing unneeded surgery. The state's allegations involve the care of 13 patients.
Chase welcomed the September hearing date, his attorney Eric Miller said. "This will be his first opportunity to present his side of the case to the Medical Practice Board," Miller said.
Prosecutors said they expect the proceedings to be lengthy.