June 29, 2011

Bridgeport Doc’s License Suspended For Alleged Misconduct

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A Bridgeport psychiatrist has been ordered to surrender his license immediately, pending an investigation into charges that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with a patient.

The state Medical Examining Board issued a summary suspension of Dr. Chiman Patel’s license, effective June 21, based on charges that he “deviated from the standard of care” by making inappropriate comments to a female patient diagnosed with bipolar disorder and a history of opioid dependence. Patel is charged with one or more of the following: that he had inappropriate physical contact with the patient during treatment; suggested that he contact the patient so they could “get together”; and told her by phone that he loved her.

Patel previously was fined and sanctioned by the medical board for improper prescribing practices involving Subuxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. His license was placed on probation for two years, until October 2008.

A hearing on the new charges is scheduled for Friday.

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