Maine medical board permanently revokes psychiatrist John Dorn's license for sexual violations with patients

September 12, 2011

On May 10, 2011, the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine reprimanded psychiatrist John M. Dorn and permanently revoked his license based on several sexual incidents and boundary violations with patients.

According to the Board’s Consent Order, on Dorn’s 2007 application for licensure in Maine, he indicated that in 1990, while practicing in South Carolina, the estranged husband of a former patient claimed that Dorn accepted an invitation from his wife to have drinks, followed by sexual intercourse.

The Maine Board found that despite this admission, Dorn failed to disclose the finding by the Board of Medical Examiners of South Carolina that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a then-current patient which whom the physician-patient relationship had not been terminated until after the sexual misconduct came to light, as evidenced by records which show that he had written two prescriptions for the patient on the same date as the sexual misconduct. The South Carolina Board suspended his license for six months.

In August 1991, the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine accepted the surrender of his license based on the same misconduct. The Maine Board received complaints in September 2009 and February 2010 from two other patients or their family member, alleging improprieties and boundary violations with two female patients. In one instance, he sent e-mails to a married patient expressing romantic and sexual feelings towards her.

Source: Consent Agreement in re: John M. Dorn, M.D., Complaint Nos. CR09-439/CR10-099/CR11-163, State of Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.


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