John George Phocas III, Virginia Beach Psychiatrist, license suspended for “relationship” with patient and failing to document drug treatment

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The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA.)
Psychiatrist, accused of relationship with a patient, loses license indefinitely
By Elizabeth Simpson
February 20, 2010

Psychiatrist John George Phocas III

Psychiatrist John George Phocas III

The license of a Virginia Beach psychiatrist has been suspended indefinitely after he was accused of having a romantic relationship with a patient and improperly prescribing narcotics.

Dr. John George Phocas III agreed to the suspension in a consent order that was entered in court by the Virginia Board of Medicine on Tuesday. The agreement allows him to avoid a formal disciplinary hearing before the state board.

Phocas will not be allowed to apply for reinstatement of his license for a year.

Board of Medicine records accuse Phocas of having a “personal and romantic” relationship with a patient from October 2006 through January 2009.

The board’s investigative report also said he treated four patients with narcotics for chronic pain but failed to document exams, treatment plans or a rationale for the medication. The report also said he failed to monitor the patients. The medications were prescribed between September 2003 and January 2009.

Phocas could not be reached for comment. Web sites list a phone number for him at Atlantic Psychiatric Services. However, an employee said he no longer works there. His attorney, Michael Goodman of Richmond, said in an e-mail that his client did not admit or deny the findings, and will reapply for his license after the agreed-upon suspension ends…

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