Former Mayo Hospital surgeon barred from practicing in Maine

Posted May 31, 2012, at 6:17 p.m.
Last modified June 01, 2012, at 1:10 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft surgeon has been barred from practicing medicine in Maine after several of her patients at Mayo Regional Hospital suffered major complications.

Ruth O’Mahony’s employment at the hospital was terminated in October 2011. During a 10-day period in July of that year, five of her patients had major complications as a result of her treatment, according to a May 30 consent agreement.

O’Mahony told the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine that she was under tremendous stress at the time because of frequent on-call responsibilities, a recent medical diagnosis and the death of a close relative.

She previously was disciplined by the New Hampshire medical licensing board after her privileges at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua were suspended because of patient safety concerns.

For the first year O’Mahony worked at Mayo, her patient charts were reviewed and some of her operations were supervised, according to the agreement. No concerns about her competence arose and she worked at the hospital for another 2½ years without incident, she told the board.

O’Mahony was licensed in Maine in 2008. She since has moved to another state to pursue a nonclinical position in health care and where her husband is more likely to find work in his field.

By signing the consent agreement, O’Mahony conceded that the board had enough evidence to conclude that her conduct amounted to incompetence.

She still has a Maine medical license, but the board made it inactive, preventing her from practicing in the state.

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