Washington medical board revokes psychiatrist Richard Adamson's license for sex with patients

September 12, 2011

On July 27, 2011, the Washington State Department of Health (DoH) permanently revoked psychiatrist Richard T. Adamson’s license to practice medicine, with no right to reapply for reasons of unprofessional conduct and failure to reply to the DoH’s statement of charges and subsequent communications.

The DoH summarily suspended Adamson’s license on March 31, 2011 for engaging in sex with two patients and for violating physician-patient confidentiality.

Following the suspension, the DoH received two more complaints, describing a similar pattern of conduct as that found in the complaints regarding the two aforementioned patients.

Source: Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Order of Default and Statement of Charges in the Matter of the License to Practice as a Physician and Surgeon of Richard T. Adamson, M.D., License No. MD00019594, Case No. M2010-287, State of Washington Department of Health and “Seattle psychiatrist’s license immediately suspended,” News Release of the Washington State Department of Health, March 30, 2011.


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