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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Former McLean president permanently surrenders license

By Scott Allen, Globe Staff

Former McLean Hospital President Jack M. Gorman permanently surrendered his right to practice medicine in Massachusetts today, ending a state investigation that began last year when officials at the renowned psychiatric hospital in Belmont reported allegations that he engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a patient.

The 55-year-old psychiatrist abruptly resigned from the Harvard-affiliated hospital in May 2006, just four months into his tenure as president, after the woman -- a patient at his practice in New York City -- threatened to expose the relationship and he attempted suicide. Gorman reported the improper relationship to the state of New York, which earlier this month suspended his medical license indefinitely.

Gorman allowed his medical license in Massachusetts to expire last year after leaving McLean, but his agreement never to seek renewal of the license ensures that he cannot legally practice medicine in Masachusetts again.

"When you resign your right to renew, you can never even attempt to get your license back," said Russ Aims, spokesman for the Board of Registration in Medicine. He said Gorman's resignation would be entered into national databases that allow potential medical employers to check doctors' backgrounds.

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