The Associated Press State & Local Wire
March 20, 2002, Wednesday, BC cycle
License revoked of psychiatrist accused of having affair with patient
SECTION: State and Regional
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DATELINE: NEWARK, N.J.
The state revoked the license of a Princeton-area psychiatrist after finding out he had sex with a patient he treated for depression for 11 years, officials said Wednesday.
Don Henry Wijaya was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $38,529.41 in costs involved in the case.
The state Board of Medical Examiners ruled March 13 that Wijaya, 54, had sex with his patient, whom he began treating in 1983, between 1983 and 1984 and between 1991 and 1994. The patient stopped seeing Wijaya in 1994 and filed a complaint with the state later that year.
Wijaya, who has been in practice for 31 years, will appeal the decision, attorney Steven Kern said.
Wijaya’s patient suffers from a borderline personality disorder and filed the complaint after learning that Wijaya had become engaged, Kern said. Patients with borderline personality disorder are prone to lash out at people who they feel are abandoning them in some way, Kern said.
The woman, whose name was not released, alleged that Wijaya had sex with her in her home and in a motel room. The state Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint with the state Board of Medical Examiners in 1997, and an administrative law judge ruled on the matter last year.
The board also found that Wijaya gave his patient a watch and perfume and accepted several presents from her for his children.
Wijaya was given one month to transfer some 1,200 patients he sees at psychiatric hospitals and in private practice to another doctor. Kern said he would seek a stay of the ruling with the Superior Court’s appellate division.