Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine
WATERVILLE PSYCHIATRIST CENSURED
BY MAINE BOARD OF LICENSURE IN MEDICINE
April 14, 2016
AUGUSTA, ME – On April 12, 2016 the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Maine Office of Attorney General entered into a Consent Agreement with Sharon Marble, M.D. The Consent Agreement includes a censure and requires education in ethics and professional boundaries. Additionally, the agreement imposed a $1,500 civil penalty, probation and a condition that does not allow Dr. Marble to practice clinical medicine for two years.
The discipline was based upon unprofessional conduct by Dr. Marble, which involved her having an inappropriate personal and romantic relationship with a patient. Dr. Marble practiced in Waterville and specialized in psychiatry.
In April 2015 the Board received information that Dr. Marble was involved in a romantic relationship with a patient. The Board ordered a psychological evaluation during which Dr. Marble indicated that the romantic relationship was ongoing in violation of the Board’s Chapter 10 Rule and the American Psychiatric Association Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry to the Principles of Medical Ethics.
As part of Dr. Marble’s probation, she must immediately terminate any relationship with the patient. In addition, for the next two years Dr. Marble may only practice administrative medicine, and may not see or treat patients.
All Board disciplinary actions are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Federation of State Medical Boards Action Data Bank. These reports are regularly reviewed by every state licensing board in the country.
The Board is made up of 6 physicians, 3 public members, and a physician assistant appointed by the Governor. Disciplinary actions taken by the Board are available to the public either by telephone at (207) 287-3601, or on the Board’s website at www.maine.gov/md.
The Board of Licensure in Medicine is the State of Maine agency charged to protect the health and welfare of the public by verifying the qualifications of physicians to practice, and disciplining physicians for unprofessional conduct and incompetence. Any citizen can request an investigation of a physician or physician assistant by contacting the Board office by telephone at (207) 287-3608, by letter, or by visiting the Board’s web site.