Jackson Sun
Jackson psychiatrist placed on probation
by David Thomas
Aug. 16, 2013

Psychiatrist Sidney Moragne

Psychiatrist Sidney Moragne

The Board of Medical Examiners of the state of Tennessee has placed Dr. Sidney Moragne on probation for a period of no less than three years.

Moragne is a psychiatrist with a private practice in Jackson. The Jackson Sun attempted to reach Moragne at his office but was told he was on vacation.

He was placed on probation by the board for prescribing methadone for methadone maintenance to patients of his private practice without a license required by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, according to the board’s written order.

A review of his patient charts uncovered several deficiencies, including the failure to keep prescription records, failure to perform physical exams and failure to address inconsistent drug screens, the order said.

Moragne signed the consent order July 24, which waived his right to a contested case hearing and all rights to judicial review in the matter.

The board listed several conditions of probation, including that Moragne maintain good conduct and take a record-keeping course, a prescribing course and an ethics course. He also will be required to enter a practice monitoring agreement with a monitor to be approved by the board’s medical director.

Once the period of probation is completed and conditions met, Moragne will have to appear before the board to petition for an order of compliance to have his probation lifted.

Moragne was ordered to pay one civil penalty in the amount of $500 for each violation listed, for a total of $1,000. The maximum amount for the assessment of legal costs will be $1,500, according to the state.

The probationary status of Moragne’s medical license does not place restrictions on his ability to lawfully practice medicine.

Moragne graduated from Howard University’s College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., in 1985 and received a medical license from the state of Tennessee in October 2003.