Maine psychiatrists disciplined for unprofessional behavior

Posted June 13, 2013, at 4:59 p.m.

A state licensing board has disciplined two Maine psychiatrists in separate incidents involving unprofessional behavior.

William Fannin, an adolescent and child psychiatrist, accepted a conditional license after his employment at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston was suspended “as a result of unprofessional behavior that put himself and the public at risk,” according to a press release from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

The incidents occurred on Nov. 5 and 7, 2012, according to Fannin’s consent agreement with the board, which does not specify what occurred. A month later, the board received a psychiatric evaluation for Fannin that indicated a diagnosed medical condition limited his ability to make judgments and decisions and to perform under stress, the agreement states.

Fannin and St. Mary’s reached an agreement that Fannin would not be allowed to return to work until he participated in the Maine Medical Professionals Health Program and was deemed safe to provide patient care, the release states. The program supports and advocates for medical professionals struggling with addiction and mental health problems.

In May, the board was informed that a subsequent evaluation and another psychiatrist found Fannin had no cognitive deficits. He can continue to treat patients under the conditional license, but must successfully participate in the Maine Medical Professionals Health Program and have a board-approved physician monitor his practice, review his records and report to the board.

In an unrelated case, Cumberland child psychiatrist Charles Clemetson’s medical license was placed on probation for five years after the board determined he behaved unprofessionally by failing to maintain adequate medical records. During a June 11 hearing, the board heard testimony that Clemetson’s medical records were illegible and lacked necessary information, according to a press release from the board. Similar concerns with his medical records were noted in a 2001-2002 review.

While on probation, Clemetson must work under the supervision of a board-approved practice monitor and attend a medical record-keeping course.

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