Psychiatrist surrenders license, ends 43-year practice
By Ryan McCarthy
October 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD — A psychiatrist in private practice since 1972 has surrendered his license and can no longer practice, according to the Medical Board of California, which said William Munn put public health at risk by excessively prescribing drugs to five patients.
The state agency’s decision became effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The Medical Board, on Oct. 21, adopted a settlement Munn signed with the state that included surrendering his physician and surgeon certificates and his admitting the allegations against him.
Munn’s license was temporarily suspended in July after the state board said treatment of the five patients included numerous extreme departures from the standard of care.
A physician’s complaint to the state board spurred the investigation.
The suspension of Munn’s license remained until the state Medical Board made its final decision.
The psychiatrist, who had his office on Travis Boulevard, had stated that during the Medical Board investigation he became aware of certain inadequacies and flaws in the management of the five patients.
“I acknowledge the seriousness of this and deeply regret that care provided was not in compliance with the California laws or the standard of care in the community,” he wrote.
Changes to his practice were intended to prevent any recurrence of such events, Munn had said.
A 1965 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Munn served at Travis Air Force Base in 1965-66 in a medical-surgical internship. He was chairman of the Department of Mental Health at David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Travis from 1971-72.