Psychiatrist disciplined for renewal violations

Posted June 11, 2010, at 10:41 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor psychiatrist Mark Spear this week was fined $500 and accepted a reprimand from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

According to information provided by the licensing board, Spear agreed with the board that actions associated with renewing his license to practice in Maine could reasonably be construed to constitute fraud or deceit.

In a renewal application submitted in May 2009, Spear stated he had completed the required continuing education requirements and that he had not recently suffered any physical, psychiatric or addictive disorder that resulted in his inability to practice medicine. Licensing board staff later discovered that Spear had not completed the education requirements and that he had taken a three-month medical leave of absence.

According to the board, Spear explained that he did not report the leave of absence because his ability to practice had not been impaired. He acknowledged that he had not completed the education requirement. He accepted a reprimand from the board and was fined $500.

Spear is listed as being employed at Community Health and Counseling Services in Bangor. CHCS executive director Dale Hamilton said Friday that Spear left the private nonprofit agency in December 2009 for reasons unrelated to the board’s concerns. Spear completed his medical training in 1986 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was first licensed to practice in Maine in 2006.

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