Kansas City Star
Kansas medical board files disciplinary petition against Leawood psychiatrist
By ALAN BAVLEY
October 30, 2008
A Leawood psychiatrist allegedly prescribed amphetamines, tranquilizers and other drugs to nearly 20 patients without properly examining them — sometimes prescribing to patients living as far away as Georgia.
Douglas Geenens also allegedly stayed overnight in a patient’s home and made disparaging remarks about a local psychiatrist and psychologist in an open letter to the public.
These are among the accusations in a 23-count disciplinary petition filed this week by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. The board licenses and regulates physicians.
Through his lawyer, Geenens denied all the allegations.
In 2004, the Kansas board disciplined Geenens for an affair with a former patient who was married. His medical license was suspended for a week and he was publicly censured.
Missouri’s board also reprimanded Geenens, and he retired his Missouri medical license last year.
The new allegations make Geenens \”a high-profile, high-priority case,\” said Jack Confer, acting Kansas board executive director.
Geenens’ case will go before the Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings. The healing arts board will review the findings and decide whether to discipline Geenens.
If the board takes action, its options range from censuring Geenens to revoking his license.
Geenens’ attorney, Rod Murrow of Lenexa, said the allegations in the board’s petition were untrue and \”the product of a witch hunt.\”
\”Everything in this is categorically false,\” Murrow said. \”We deny everything.\”
Geenens received an osteopathic medical degree in 1987 from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He has been licensed in Kansas since 1989 and has practiced child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.
His Web site describes him as \”one of the most highly credentialed mental health providers in the United States. … He has become a prominent lecturer around the country, educating other mental health providers in psychopharmacology and other aspects of psychiatric diagnoses and treatment.\”
The Kansas board’s 30-page petition alleges that Geenens told one of his patients during therapy sessions that her husband was \”(messed) up and you need to get a divorce, move to the Plaza and we can have breakfast together.\”
Geenens allegedly spent the night at another patient’s home while the patient was seeing him professionally, the petition says.
Other allegations relate to a feud between Geenens and psychologist Andrew Jacobs and psychiatrist Rory Murphy.
Murphy and Geenens used to share a practice. Geenens’ involvement with Jacobs’ wife led to his censure by the Kansas board.
In 2004, according to the disciplinary petition, Geenens allegedly wrote an open letter making disparaging remarks about Murphy and Jacobs and providing a psychological diagnosis of the two men.
The letter called them \”two remarkably insecure, insanely jealous men who cannot take responsibility for their own unfortunate life circumstances.\”
In an interview with The Star, Jacobs said of the disciplinary action, \”I’m glad to see they’re doing something.\”
In 2001, Geenens allegedly told AT&T to stop all telephone service to Murphy’s psychiatric practice. Geenens had reason to know, the board’s petition says, that patients would be trying to call Murphy’s office to make appointments, refill prescriptions and get help during psychiatric crises.
\”The potential for harm befalling patients was enormous,\” Murphy said in an interview with The Star. \”We had many patients with emotional problems, fear of abandonment.\”
Most of the counts of the petition relate to alleged improper prescribing practices.
For example, after one of Geenens’ patients had a psychiatric crisis requiring hospitalization, Geenens prescribed the antidepressant Effexor, the tranquilizer Klonopin and the stimulant Ritalin, an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder drug, without first examining the patient.
Geenens also prescribed the sleeping pill Ambien to the mother of a patient. The Kansas board alleges that the woman wasn’t Geenens’ patient and that he didn’t complete an evaluation or create a medical record for her.
Geenens allegedly prescribed the antidepressant Prozac to the girlfriend of another patient.
There was no documentation that the girlfriend was a patient of Geenens, and Geenens did not complete an evaluation of her or open a new medical chart.
Geenens allegedly complied with a request from the girlfriend to mail Prozac prescriptions to her while she lived in Georgia.
Another of Geenens’ patients moved to Georgia after being released from a correctional facility.
Geenens allegedly mailed prescriptions to the patient for Ritalin and the narcotic pain reliever Percocet from 1998 through October 1999 without examining the patient in person.