Courier News (Bridgewater, New Jersey)
Appeals court OKs suspending license of Edison doctor accused of touching patient
By Gene Racz
February 8, 2011

Psychiatrist Chowdhury Azam

Psychiatrist Chowdhury Azam

The state appeals court Monday upheld a decision by the state Board of Medical Examiners to suspend the license of an Edison psychiatrist for one year and place him on probation for another four years for touching the breast of a patient he was treating for substance abuse.

Following hearings last August, the board determined that Dr. Chowdhury Azam inappropriately asked a female patient to show him a scar on her breast, massaged her neck and shoulders, and touched her breast during a psychotherapy session on Oct. 16, 2008.

After hearings before Judge Joann LaSala Candido of the Office of Administrative Law, she found him guilty of gross negligence, professional misconduct and other violations.Candido ruled that Azam should face a six-month active suspension and six months of probation.

Azam’s suspension took effect on Sept. 10, 2010.

The court also ordered Azam to pay a $15,000 fine to reimburse the state for the investigation.

A two-judge panel affirmed the decision Monday.