A Connecticut physician who had applied for a permanent Maine medical license has been denied his request due to four claims of alleged sexual misconduct with former patients in Maine who have filed lawsuits against the physician. The physician, who is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitative medicine, had worked a temporary, six-week assignment in a pain clinic in a Maine hospital from July 16, 2012 to August 30, 2012 during which the alleged acts of sexual misconduct with patients occurred.
The physician was granted an “emergency” Maine medical license from July 16, 2012 until it expired on October 24, 2012 so that he could work as a physician while he was temporarily assigned to the Maine hospital but his application for a permanent medical license in Maine was denied after the sexual misconduct with patients allegations became known (the State of Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine (“Board”) formally denied the physician’s application for a permanent medical license based on the physician’s failure to pass the USMLE within 3 attempts, unprofessional conduct, incompetence, and violation of sexual misconduct rules involving four patients).
The Board advised the physician of its preliminary decision to deny his application for a medical license by letter dated August 8, 2014, followed by the Board’s final decision to deny his Maine medical license application by letter dated October 3, 2014, after the physician failed to appeal the preliminary denial letter. Source
The three lawsuits filed on behalf of a 53-year-old woman, a 52-year-old woman, and a 26-year-old woman and her mother named the physician as the defendant along with the Maine hospital and a medical staffing company, alleging that the hospital and staffing company were negligent in supervising the defendant physician during his short-term assignment in the pain clinic. The plaintiffs’ lawsuits had been filed under seal, pending review by a medical review panel. The plaintiffs’ amended complaints were subsequently filed in court, which are public records, after the parties waived review by the medical review panel.
The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages for medical negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, negligent credentialing and supervision, and the plaintiffs are also seeking punitive damages against the defendants.
The physician has held a Connecticut medical license since March 3, 2004, which is due to expire on July 31, 2015. There is no public record of any disciplinary action against the physician in Connecticut.
The physician graduated from the Baghdad College of Medicine in 1974. His initial post-medical school training was completed in internal medicine, outside of the U.S. He then had training in internal medicine in Brooklyn, New York. Afterwards, he spent years outside of the U.S., training in pediatrics. He subsequent was trained in physical medicine and rehabilitative medicine in New York beginning in 2000, which training he completed in 2003. Source
If you or a family member may be the victim of inappropriate sexual contact by a doctor or other medical provider, you should promptly seek to consult with a local medical malpractice lawyer in your state who may investigate your sexual misconduct claim for you and represent you in a claim against a doctor or other medical provider, if appropriate.
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