Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The New Jersey Appellate Division has held that the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners acted within its authority to reprimand a doctor in conjunction with the grant of a medical license in the state. The reprimand related to the applicant's interaction with a patient in California, and had not been determined to be misconduct in California.
The applicant is "nationally-recognized for his work in endocrinology and infertility." The incident at issue involved a colleague (a radiologist in Atlanta, Georgia) who contacted the applicant to discuss fertility procedures. The consultation led to friendship, the administration of fertility treatments by the applicant, an intimate relationship and pregnancy. The applicant then ended the affair and a lawsuit ensued, which was settled without admission of wrongdoing.
The court deferred to the board, which had balanced the harsh result of denying the application altogether with its conclusion that the conduct could not be ignored. (Mike Frisch)