Wisconsin State Journal
Five doctors lost licenses over crimes, drugs
By David Wahlberg
January 27, 2013
Murder, child pornography and improper prescribing of pain medications are among the reasons the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board revoked the licenses of five doctors from 2010 to 2012.
None of the doctors could be reached for comment. Summaries of their cases, according to board documents:
• Gerhard Witte, 2010: Witte, of Milwaukee, was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in 2010 for killing his former wife, a musician with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. He stabbed her and slit her throat in 2008 as she walked to her car after a performance. Witte, who practiced internal medicine, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
• Eric Schwietering, 2011: Schwietering, of Milwaukee, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography in 2007. Three years later, the child psychiatrist was convicted of fourth degree sexual assault and exposing his genitals to a child. He now lives in Ohio, according to Wisconsin’s sex offender registry.
• William Braunstein, 2011: Braunstein, of St. Louis Park, Minn., told the state of Minnesota that he had depression and possible attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. After the internal medicine doctor failed to attend therapy sessions and cooperate with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, that board threatened to suspend his license. That prompted the Wisconsin medical board to investigate. After he failed to cooperate, the board revoked his Wisconsin license. Then the Minnesota board suspended his license there.
• Steven Greenman, 2011: Greenman, of Milwaukee, prescribed controlled substances “indiscriminately” to six patients over five years, despite signs of drug abuse, addiction and diversion. He also directed the patients to multiple pharmacies. When one patient called him prior to reporting to jail, she asked for more pain medications as a “last hurrah” and he complied.
• Mark Fantauzzi, 2012: Fantauzzi, of Circleville, Ohio, had his license revoked by the State Medical Board of Ohio after surrendering his controlled substances privileges with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA said the anesthesiologist prescribed controlled substances outside of the usual course of professional practice, causing a patient’s fatal overdose. The Wisconsin board followed up on the Ohio board’s action.