A Massachusetts physician accused of sexually molesting patients has surrendered his license to practice in Maine in the wake of an investigation by a Massachusetts medical board.
Dr. Roger Ian Hardy, the medical director of a popular Reading-based fertility clinic, first resigned his license to practice medicine in Massachusetts in January, following allegations that he inappropriately touched patients, some of whom were under anesthesia, according to an investigation by the Boston Globe.
The alleged incidents date back at least a decade, with new allegations surfacing last year, when a physician filed a formal complaint with the Massachusetts medical board after a patient confided that Hardy had touched her sexually and “rubbed her genitals under the guise of examining her surgical incision,” the Globe reported.
Hardy, a reproductive endocrinologist, continued to treat patients until this year at the Fertility Centers of New England, the newspaper reported. The practice has nine offices in the region, including one on Mount Hope Avenue in Bangor, according to its website.
Hardy never practiced medicine in Maine, however, he wrote in an April 28 letter to the Maine medical board. An attorney for Fertility Centers of New England also said he believed Hardy never practiced in Bangor.
Doctors sometimes apply for a medical license if they expect to practice in a state or are required to do so by their employer, but they may not end up treating patients, said Tim Terranova, assistant executive director of the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.
Hardy voluntarily surrendered his Maine medical license on May 13 rather than undergo an investigation by the board, he said. Maine had suspended Hardy’s license, first issued in 1998, on March 11 after learning of the Massachusetts investigation, Terranova said.
New Hampshire licensing authorities also suspended Hardy’s license, according to the Globe.
In the April 28 letter, Hardy said he would not apply to reinstate his license in Maine or attempt to practice medicine anywhere else.
A patient first formally complained about Hardy in 2004, and employees of the Reading clinic reported witnessing at least three other incidents in the following years, according to the Globe.
Hardy’s attorneys did not return calls from the Globe seeking comment. Before he resigned, Hardy told an investigator with the Massachusetts medical board that he had done nothing wrong and that a competitor might be responsible for the complaints against him, the newspaper reported.