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Doctor Fined and License Suspended for Mixing Controlled Substance Prescriptions and Sexual Relationship with Patient

Posted Jun 14 2009 10:43pm

Patients were shocked when they saw the sign hanging on the door and had no idea as to what has happened.  In addition to the fine, the doctor image was ordered to complete the "Vanderbilt Prescribing Sexual Boundaries" course.   He had also been ordered to have a Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment after completing the program and he didn’t bother to do either.  One patient found his license had been revoked online. 

Now it appears referrals are being made and patients have a number to contact.  He can reapply in a year to have his license reinstated if he completes all the orders from the board in 2006.  This is not only an inconvenience for patients but I would assume a large embarrassment and loss of income on the doctor’s part as well.  BD 

Referrals for patients are now being taken care of after a day or two of little or no information.  This left patients on hold as far as their healthcare and prescriptions. 

Dr. Robert Parker's office at 1100 Ted Crozier Blvd. was shut down, and the listed number went to a full voice mailbox.

Deborah Fetch stood outside the office, trying to make sense of the closure. Her mother is a patient of Parker's and would soon need an appointment.

"Another patient came up and said he had lupus and needed his medication," Fetch said.

Fetch checked online and discovered Parker's license was revoked. She was upset to find her mother suddenly without her primary care physician and no way to access her records.

A couple of days later, the problem was cleared up, but not before several people called The Leaf-Chronicle and the state Department of Health in a panic about their medical care.

Parker's license was revoked May 27 after he violated an order from the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.

The board found in November 2006 that Parker had engaged in a two-year sexual relationship with a patient to whom he was prescribing controlled substances, according to state records.

He subsequently had the assessment, but he failed to seek recommended inpatient treatment on his boundary issues, the order states. Parker can reapply in one year, provided he complies with the November 2006 board order.

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