Knoxville News Sentinel
Sexual misconduct with patients, overprescribing drugs: 3 ET doctors on probation, state says
By Kristi L Nelson
October 23, 2017



Three Upper East Tennessee doctors have their licenses on probation after both engaging in sexual misconduct with patients and overprescribing drugs, said the Tennessee Department of Health.

One, psychiatrist Dr. Dan Nicolau of Johnson City, began a “romantic relationship” with a patient for whom he had prescribed narcotics “not pursuant to a doctor-patient relationship,” according to state records, and after their relationship ended, entered her home uninvited using a neighbor’s key and tried to “grab her and attempt to hug her and kiss her.”

Nicolau will pay $2,000 in civil penalties, in addition to the costs of prosecuting his case, and will be on probation for two years, starting this month. The board also required continuing education, psychotherapy, hormone replacement treatment, monitoring by the Tennessee Medical Foundation, and that he refrain from alcohol for a year and be chaperoned when treating females for addiction.

Dan Nicolau

Additional records:
Washington County, Tennessee – Criminal Court Record
Tennessee Department of Health – Case No: 201602805
Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners – Description of Violation
Virginia Board of Medicine – Reprimand
Johnson City Press – placed on probation for two years
The Recover 24 months probation – criminal trespassing and stalking

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