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Northshore psychiatrist has license to practice suspended

The psychiatrist who was accused by several patients and former staffers of taking inappropriate sexual liberties with his patients has had his license to practice medicine indefinitely suspended by the Massachusetts Board of Registration.

Recently, the Board announced the suspension of a Newburyport psychiatrist who was also a frequent contributor to Fox News "Medical A-Team." As we reported earlier, the doctor was accused of engaging in demeaning and inappropriate sexual relationships with patients who were seeking treatment for depression and other psychiatric conditions.

In its ruling, the licensing board found that the man, who is also an author of some acclaim, was an "immediate and serious threat to the public health, safety and welfare." Their findings also included evidence that the Northshore psychiatrist had "engaged in sexual activity and boundary violations" with patients and intimidated a staff member with a gun. The Board also claims that he renewed his medical license fraudulently.

Doctors, and most particularly psychiatrists, are privy to some of people's deepest, darkest secrets. When a medical doctor exploits this emotional intimacy for sexual purposes, legal and ethical boundaries are crossed that can have devastating effects on the patients.

Did a psychiatrist or other doctor improperly use their professional relationship with you for their own sexual or another personal benefit? If so, the doctor may be guilty of medical malpractice. Even if the incident never rose to the level where law enforcement is pursuing criminal charges, you could have a viable cause of action to seek civil redress. We can help you seek justice after an unethical breach.

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