Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)
November 27, 2001 Tuesday CITY EDITION
STATE BOARD DISCIPLINES MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS;
LICENSE OF PSYCHIATRIST FROM ST. PAUL IS SUSPENDED
BYLINE: Tom Majeski, Pioneer Press
SECTION: LOCAL; Pg. B3
LENGTH: 609 words
A psychiatrist from St. Paul and a physician from Monticello had their licenses suspended while a physician from Eden Prairie voluntarily surrendered his license, the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has announced.
In other action, the board suspended the license of a respiratory care practitioner from Zim, Minn., and restricted the license of a Fargo, N.D., physician who has a license to practice in Minnesota.
The St. Paul psychiatrist, Dr. Pamela M. North, 47, had her license suspended indefinitely for violating a state or federal narcotics or controlled substance law, engaging in unethical conduct, inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of illness and becoming addicted or habituated to a drug or intoxicant.
According to board documents, North wrote prescriptions for herself, took narcotic pain medication and obtained prescription pain medication by using the name of a former patient on prescription forms.
The board first restricted North’s license in July 1992 for diverting large amounts of controlled substances from her practice site and writing prescriptions for fictitious patients to obtain controlled substances.
North may petition for reinstatement of her license upon submission of satisfactory evidence that she is fit and competent to resume her practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients.
The Monticello physician, Dr. John D. Zapf, 64, had his license suspended indefinitely for violating an order of the board, inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of illness and becoming addicted or habituated to a drug or intoxicant.
Board records show that Zapf repeatedly violated a September 1999 board order that prohibited him from consuming alcohol or mood-altering chemicals. Zapf told the board that he has been feeling depressed and used alcohol to help him sleep.
Zapf may petition for reinstatement of his license after a year and then must submit satisfactory evidence of at least one year of documented, uninterrupted recovery, the board said.
The Eden Prairie physician, Dr. David W. Wall, 48, was asked to surrender his license for engaging in conduct with a patient that is sexual or may be reasonably interpreted by a patient as sexual or engaging in verbal behavior that is seductive to a patient.
According to the board, Wall, a obstetrician/gynecologist, admitted calling one of his patients at home several times after clinic visits to tell her he found her appointment sexually arousing.
After Wall surrenders his license, the case file will be closed, the board said.
The Zim respiratory care practitioner, James A. Essen, 43, had his license suspended indefinitely for violating an order of the board, inability to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of illness and becoming addicted or habituated to a drug or intoxicant.
Board documents show that Essen has a long history of chemical dependency and relapse and has used a number of substances, including alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.
Essen may not petition for reinstatement for at least six months and only when he can submit satisfactory evidence of a least six months of documented, uninterrupted recovery.
The Fargo physician, Dr. Steven P. Strinden, 51, had his Minnesota license restricted after North Dakota officials placed his license on probation for two years. Minnesota officials ordered Strinden to comply with all the conditions placed on his North Dakota license.