California psychiatrist David Neal Glaser gets probation for “romantic-sexual relationship” with patient; prescribing without exams

January 5, 2011

On November 17, 2010, the Medical Board of California placed psychiatrist David Neal Glaser on probation for two years with terms and conditions.

The circumstances of this action involve charges of gross negligence and prescribing without appropriate examination and medical indication, among other things.

According to the Board’s documents, Glaser treated a female patient whom he met at a social gathering in December 2003 and with whom he carried on a romantic-sexual relationship for approximately a year.  Glaser did not treat the patient/girlfriend in his office and did not keep usual and customary treatment records on her, save for one which was “a compilation of information obtained over a period of ‘several months’.”

Glaser prescribed the patient a preparation used to prevent/terminate an unwanted pregnancy but did not have any records to support the use of this agent; no evidence of having performed a history or physical examination or even the use of a pregnancy test to substantiate the need for the agent, among other things.

Further, Glaser’s aforementioned single reatment note for the patient contains diagnoses in absence of documentation, substantiation, testing, etc.

The state’s document contains several other similar examples of Glaser’s negligent treatment of the patient in lieu of substantiation.

Source: Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order and Accusation in the Matter of David Neal Glaser, M.D., Physician’s and Surgeon’s Certificate Number G 40041, Case No. 17-2007-184665, Medical Board of California Department of Consumer Affairs, filed December 14, 2009.


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