The Boston Globe
2 psychiatrists accused of abuse lose Mass. licenses
By Alison Bass
November 14, 1989
Two psychiatrists charged with sexually abusing female patients have lost their licenses to practice medicine in Massachusetts, according to the state Board of Registration in Medicine.
Paul Walters, former head of Harvard University’s mental health services, permanently surrendered his medical license in Massachusetts last month rather than face public hearings accusing him of sexual misconduct. Walters told the board he would also surrender his medical license in California, but officials there said yesterday he has not yet done so.
Earlier this month, the board revoked the medical license of psychiatrist Harold L. Goldberg, 53, following hearings into charges of sexual misconduct.
Goldberg, director of the state-run West-Ros-Park Mental Health Center, was suspended from that job without pay last May. The Department of Mental Health is still conducting its own investigation and has not yet taken final action in the case, spokeswoman Mary McGeown said yesterday.
In the past year, nine Massachusetts psychiatrists have been charged by the state medicine board with having had improper sexual contact with patients. So far, five have either permanently surrendered their licenses to practice medicine or the license has been revoked.
In its formal complaint, the board charged that Walters, while at Harvard, had sex with a woman in his office, sometimes twice a week, for nine years. Last year, Walters reached an out-of-court settlement in excess of $ 200,000 in a medical malpractice case brought by the woman.
Walters left Harvard in 1983 to become director of Student Health Services at Stanford University. Stanford officials said Walters retired from his post there last June after the sexual misconduct charges became public.
Neither Walters nor his attorney could not be reached for comment.
Goldberg, in hearings before the board, admitted he had had an 11-year sexual relationship with a patient he was treating in his private practice. The board, concluding that his actions were “inexcusable,” voted to revoke his license and fine him $ 10,000.
Edward Barshak, Goldberg’s lawyer, said his client planned to ask the board to reinstate his license in a year. Goldberg still faces a malpractice suit in Norfolk Superior Court, filed by a former patient who said he sexually abused her.