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The Salem News
Ablow hearing delayed; New York also suspends license
By Julie Manganis
May 21, 2019

Psychiatrist Keith Ablow

Psychiatrist Keith Ablow

SALEM — A hearing on a request to freeze assets of Newburyport psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, who is being sued by three women accusing him of inappropriate conduct, has been delayed.

The hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but on Tuesday, lawyers filed a joint request to postpone the proceeding until June 26.

Ablow, whose medical license was suspended last week by the state Board of Registration in Medicine, is facing a total of four lawsuits in Essex County, alleging boundary violations by the celebrity psychiatrist.

Three of the suits say Ablow pressured the women, who came from various parts of the country, into sexual relationships in which he engaged in controlling behavior.

The Board of Registration in Medicine, in suspending Ablow’s license, called him an “immediate and serious threat to the public health, safety and welfare.”

According to the board’s decision, Ablow “engaged in sexual activity and boundary violations with multiple patients, diverted controlled substances from patients, engaged in disruptive behavior, including displaying and pointing a firearm on multiple occasions in a manner that scared an employee, and procured his license renewal fraudulently.”

The New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct also has taken action to suspend Ablow’s license, effective May 28, according to the New York Department of Health website.

“The physician is precluded from the practice of medicine in New York State and from practicing in any setting where his practice is based solely on his New York State medical license,” according to the site. “This preclusion remains in effect until either the final resolution of the matters under investigation or until such time as this order is modified or rescinded by the director of the Office of Professional Medical Conduct.”