‘Most dangerous doctor’ arrested in Helen


Ronald Wheeler

HELEN, Ga. — White County authorities along with the Helen Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at a doctor’s office on South Main Street Tuesday and charged Ronald Wheeler, 71, with practicing medicine without a license.

The newly opened business belonged to Wheeler and Dr. Ben Johnson. Wheeler, has been called “one of the most dangerous doctors” in Florida where he practiced for many years before having his license revoked by the state medical board.

No charges have been filed against Dr. Johnson and the office on Main Street is still open, but the investigation is ongoing.

Before his license was revoked, Wheeler was a urologist who specialized in the treatment of prostate cancer with high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) at his office in Sarasota, Florida. He was arrested at that office last July, three months after his license was revoked, following an anonymous complaint. Undercover police officers posed as cancer patients were told an office visit cost $3,445 and HIFU-based treatments start at $50,000.

In March, Sarasota police charged Wheeler with a scheme to defraud between $20,000 and $50,000 after he diagnosed a man with prostate cancer who did not have cancer at all.

Wheeler also had an office in Sautee before opening the new office in Helen.

Captain Rick Kelley of the White County Sheriff’s Office asks that any patient who has been seen or treated by Wheeler contact him at 706-865-5177.



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