The News Journal (Wilmington, DE)

June 12, 2003 Thursday

Psychiatrist under review



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Leon Morton Green’s license has been suspended since May
By VICTOR GRETO Staff reporter
A Wilmington psychiatrist whose license to practice was suspended after complaints against him involving a female patient will have a closed hearing before state health officials Friday.
The evidentiary hearing for Leon Morton Green will be held by a three-member panel of the state Board of Medical Practice that will determine whether the complaints have merit, Deputy Attorney General Phoebe Young said. The board regulates the state’s health-care providers.
Green could not be reached for comment.
The patient in the case, a Newark woman who said Green saw her for eight years, has filed a lawsuit against him in Delaware Superior Court, claiming that he told her that he loved her, made sexual comments to her and fondled her. The lawsuit seeks all damages permitted under state law, including punitive, as well as interest and costs.
The lawsuit claims that Green “used the doctor-patient relationship in order to manipulate and control [the complainant], both by his actions, the distribution of excessive amounts of medication and hypnosis.”
Green, who began his practice in 1980, had treated the woman from 1995 until last month. The News Journal is withholding her name because of the nature of the allegations.
The Board of Medical Practice suspended Green’s license in May. After the evidentiary hearing, the three-member panel will report to the full board within 30 days. The board may then revoke Green’s license, continue his suspension or allow him to practice.
The board also suspended Green’s license in late 2001 after it received a complaint about him in February of that year but allowed him to continue practicing on the condition that he seek an evaluation of his clinical performance. Green subsequently agreed to a three-year probation, and he promised to cooperate with the board and attend educational seminars throughout 2002, according to state records.
At the time, the board cited findings from the evaluation that Green did not show good judgment in patient-care documentation, and his clinical judgment was sometimes questionable, a board record shows.
A previous malpractice suit against Green, filed in November 2001 by a Maryland resident, accused him of misconduct including telling her “dirty jokes” and continually calling her while he was on vacation. “On multiple occasions Dr. Green became sexually aroused during treatment sessions with [the plaintiff], and on one or more occasions pointed out his sexual arousal,” the lawsuit alleged.
The complaint to the medical board was based on the Maryland resident’s complaint, according to court records and Randall Robbins, the attorney who filed that lawsuit. The lawsuit was settled last fall, according to court records.
An attorney who represented Green in the medical board complaint, Gilbert Shelsby Jr., could not be reached for comment.