A Tacoma physician accused of threatening his wife with a gun has been ordered to stop practicing medicine.
Dr. Nick W. Uraga was arrested by Tacoma police on May 22 and charged with first-degree kidnapping and felony harassment.
On Friday, the state Department of Health and the Medical Quality Assurance Commission announced Uraga’s medical license had been suspended.
Charging papers in Pierce County Superior Court allege Uraga pulled a handgun while having dinner with his estranged wife and threatened to kill her unless she moved back in with him.
Uraga’s wife was not physically harmed in the incident.
Because of the commission’s action, Uraga cannot practice medicine in Washington at least until charges are resolved. He is free on bail and has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing.
Uraga received wide media attention a decade ago when he and his wife were forced to disassemble and move a house they had built on Tacoma’s North Vista View Drive.
The house blocked neighbors’ views and a Pierce County Superior Court judge ordered it torn down.