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The Daily News
State suspends Port psychiatrist Keith Ablow’s medical license
By Dave Rogers
May 16, 2019

Psychiatrist Keith Ablow

Psychiatrist Keith Ablow

NEWBURYPORT – The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine indefinitely suspended the medical license of nationally known psychiatrist and author Dr. Keith Ablow Wednesday, concluding he posed an “immediate and serious threat to the public health, safety and welfare.”

Ablow, 57, who has an office on Water Street in Newburyport, is accused in civil lawsuits of engaging in sexual misconduct and other disturbing activities with patients.

Specifically, he is facing allegations from three young women who sought him out for treatment for their depression but say that the psychiatrist and television personality sexually abused them and engaged in other, inappropriate boundary violations.

A statement released by the board after its meeting on Wednesday, said, “The board alleges that Dr. Ablow engaged in sexual activity and boundary violations with multiple patients, diverted controlled substances from patients, engaged in disruptive behavior, including displaying and pointing a firearm on multiple occasions in a manner that scared an employee, and procured his license renewal fraudulently,”

Two of the women filed civil lawsuits in February; a third was filed in July 2018. Another suit, filed in 2016 on behalf of a woman who is also alleging that Ablow engaged in inappropriate boundary violations during her treatment, is scheduled to go to trial at the end of this year. In all, four women have filed malpractice lawsuits against him.

Ablow, who has denied the allegations, has the right to a hearing at the Division of Administrative Law Appeals within seven days.

When a reporter went to Ablow’s Newburyport office Thursday morning for comment, an assistant declined to discuss the matter.

“We don’t have any comment for you,” the woman said, before closing the front door.

In addition to his private practice in Newburyport, Ablow is the author of several non-fiction and fiction books and has made several appearance on Fox News as a commentator.

Created in 1894 to protect public health and safety, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine licenses more than 40,000 physicians, osteopaths and acupuncturists. Part of its role is to investigate complaints and determine sanctions.

Lawyers for those suing Ablow are expected to be in Salem Superior Court on Wednesday in the hopes of convincing a judge to add attachments on several properties Ablow owns. A request for attachment typically means a plaintiff is hoping a judge freezes the assets of a defendant so he cannot avoid paying court judgments.