Improper relationships with patients lead to loss of medical licenses for two practitioners

By Jackie Farwell, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 4:14 p.m.

A Bangor doctor and a Skowhegan physician assistant have both lost their medical licenses in separate cases involving inappropriate relationships with clients.

James Iannazzi, a neurologist who practices in Bangor, admitted having a “personal intimate relationship” with a patient, according to a Thursday press release issued by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine. The patient told the board that there was a physical relationship between the two, including one instance in the office that was billed to an insurance company as medical services.

Iannazzi’s medical license was suspended and he also accepted a reprimand, a fine and probation for five years once he resumes practice.

In an unrelated case, the board received a complaint that Neil C. Robertson, a physician assistant who practiced in Skowhegan, had a personal and sexual relationship with a patient for many years. Robertson admitted to the relationship and also said he gave the patient money and smoked marijuana with her, according to the release.

A second complaint against Robertson alleged that a patient fell in his office and he failed to assist her immediately and also prevented the patient’s daughter from assisting her. Robertson told the board that he politely but strongly urged the patient to get up under her own power.

Robertson acknowledged a significant error in the medical record regarding the incident, the release states.

After an initial review by the medical licensing board, Robertson voluntarily ceased practice on June 15. He also agreed to give up his physician assistant license.

Iannazzi and Robertson’s cases mark the second and third in the last two weeks involving Maine medical practitioners being disciplined over inappropriate relationships with patients. On Aug. 31, former Bangor psychologist John A. Keefe pleaded guilty to engaging in sex acts with a client in his office and billing the sessions to MaineCare.

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