Fort Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel
April 2, 1978

ORLANDO — A Daytona Beach psychiatrist who admitted having sexual affair with a patient was placed on three years probation yesterday by the Florida Board of Medical Examiners, which rejected a recommendation of harsher punishment.

Just before board members cast the final vote on his probation. Dr. Edward J. Rossario told them in tear-choked halting English that, “Any decision by the board could not he any more punishment than I have suffered in my heart.”

The decision ended a four-year ordeal for Rossario, a Cuban refugee who became chief of psychiatry at a Daytona Beach hospital.

In rejecting a hearing examiner’s recommendaration to revoke the 41-year-old psychiatrist’s license, the board ordered Rosario to appear before the board twice a year and to continue psychiatric care.

It could revoke Rosario’s license if he fails to “exhibit exemplary conduct.” board members said.

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