The Maryland Board of Physicians (“Board”), in its Order dated December 27, 2021, denied the application for reinstatement filed by a Maryland pain management doctor, finding that he was not fit to return to the practice of medicine and further ordering that the doctor not apply for reinstatement in the future.
The Maryland doctor had worked as an interventional pain management physician from 2010 until 2014. He was charged with inappropriately touching four female patients in a sexual manner. The doctor was found to have placed his fingers in the anus of one female patient, placed his fingers in the vagina of another female patient, and brushed his fingers across the clitoris of a third female patient. A Disciplinary Panel had determined that the doctor had committed sexual violations against four patients and thereby abused his professional status and breached his patients’ trust. The Administrative Law Judge had recommended the permanent revocation of the doctor’s Maryland medical license but the Disciplinary Panel simply revoked his license without any restriction on his ability to apply for reinstatement in the future.
Three-and-a-half years later, the doctor applied for reinstatement of his medical license. The Reinstatement Inquiry Panel found that the doctor had not genuinely accepted responsibility for his serious actions that caused his patients “significant distress” and that he failed to acknowledge any misconduct which “does not instill confidence that he has sincerely taken any responsibility for his actions.” The Reinstatement Inquiry Panel cited one patient’s night terrors and psychiatric treatment as a result of the doctor’s actions and another patient’s sexual assault counseling that she required on a weekly basis.
The Board stated in support of its decision to deny reinstatement and not permit the doctor to reapply in the future that the doctor “has not satisfied the Panel that he is fit to return to the practice of medicine, reinstatement is not in the interest of the health and welfare of the general public, and reinstatement would not be consistent with the best interest of the profession.”
The stated mission of the Board “is to assure quality health care in Maryland, through the efficient licensure and effective discipline of health providers under its jurisdiction, by protecting and educating the clients/customers and stakeholders, and enforcing the Maryland Medical Practice Act.”
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