On August 20, 2014, a Maryland physician who had his Maryland medical license summarily suspended on June 5, 2014 after the Maryland Board of Physicians (“Board”) determined that “the public health, safety or welfare imperatively require emergency action in this case,” voluntarily surrendered his Maryland medical license due to “an investigation by Disciplinary Panel A (“Panel”) of the Maryland Board of Physicians (“the Board”) of allegations that I engaged in unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine with two patients.” The Board formally accepted the public surrender of the former physician’s Maryland medical license, on September 2, 2014.
In permanently surrendering his license to practice medicine in Maryland, the former Maryland physician acknowledged “that for all purposes relevant to medical licensure only, the investigative findings in the June 5, 2014 Order of Summary Suspension will be treated as if proven.”
The Board’s June 5, 2014 Order For Summary Suspension Of License To Practice Medicine
The Board summarily suspended the former physician’s Maryland medical license after his May 23, 2014 criminal indictment in which he was charged with Unnatural or Perverted Practice and Sex Offense in the 4th Degree – Sexual Contact, involving a former patient who alleged that on April 6, 2014 the physician digitally manipulated her clitoris with his ungloved hand during a physical examination in his office, asking the patient “if it hurt or felt good” (the physician had locked the examination room door and a female chaperone was not present), and telling the patient that he was “enjoying what he was doing.”
With regard to a second female patient referenced in the Board’s Investigative Findings, the physician allegedly performed a pelvic examination without a female chaperone being present, during which he “roughly rubbed her clitoris and clitoral area and used two hands to rub her vaginal area and pull open her vaginal lips.”
The Board also noted that the former physician had pleaded guilty in 1987 in Florida to burglary and sexual assault with threat of a deadly weapon, for which he served four years of a ten-year sentence (when the physician first applied for a Maryland medical license in 1996, he did not disclose the nature of his guilty plea and incarceration in Florida but did state that he had “assaulted someone” while he was under the influence of alcohol).
At a court hearing on September 2, 2014, prosecutors reportedly dropped the criminal charges against the former 60-year-old Maryland physician after he permanently surrendered his Maryland medical license. It has been reported that the second patient, who was from neighboring West Virginia, has filed a civil lawsuit seeking $1.5 million from the former physician and the medical clinic where the alleged incident occurred.
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