Portland Neurologist Warned Over Tossing A Box Of Tissues To A Crying Patient. The Nerve Of That Guy
AUGUSTA, ME – John A Boothby, M.D. was placed on probation and given a warning by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine through a Consent Agreement signed on February 14, 2012. Dr. Boothby admitted the Board has sufficient evidence to reasonably conclude that he engaged in unprofessional conduct while treating an adolescent patient. During his probation, Dr. Boothby must attend classes in medical ethics, boundaries and patient communication. Dr. Boothby practices in Portland.
In December 2010 the Board received a complaint that Dr. Boothby acted in an unprofessional manner by being rude, condescending, and throwing a tissue box at a patient who was crying. During the investigation Dr. Boothby admitted he might have told the patient to stop crying in an inappropriate way and that he may have been “emotional” in his discussion with the patient and his parent. Dr. Boothby also admitted he tossed the box of tissues onto the patient’s lap. Dr. Boothby had previously been issued a Letter of Guidance on October 12, 2010 based on a complaint alleging rudeness to a patient.
All Board disciplinary actions are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, the Health Integrity and Protection Data Bank, and the Federation of State Medical Boards Action Data Bank. These reports are regularly reviewed by every state licensing board in the country.
The Board is made up of 6 physicians and 3 public members appointed by the Governor. Disciplinary actions taken by the Board are available to the public either by telephone at (207) 287-3601, or on the Board’s website at www.docboard.org/me/me_home.htm.
The Board of Licensure in Medicine is the State of Maine agency charged to protect the health and welfare of the public by verifying the qualifications of physicians to practice, and disciplining physicians for unprofessional conduct and incompetence. Any citizen can request an investigation of a physician or physician assistant by contacting the Board office by telephone at (207) 287-3608, by letter, or by visiting the Board’s web site.
February 15, 2012
Board of Licensure in Medicine
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