Allegation of Complaint:
Robert A. Norman, D.O.; License # 032.0050012-Application Pending
Nature of Complaint:
The Office of Professional Regulation on 04-30-2009 received from the physician an application for licensure as an osteopathic physician in the State of Vermont which included a disclosure that the physician had disciplinary action taken against him in the States of Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, and Michigan.
The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners on 01-22-1991 entered a Final Order. The Stipulation prevented the physician from practicing in Florida based on two convictions of criminal battery in the State of Florida involving sexual misconduct with two separate patients in 1987. The Stipulation also incorporated allegations with regard to the physician's sexual misconduct with a third patient that occurred in the State of Massachusetts in 1988. The physician was placed on probation by the Florida Board and the probation conditions were successfully completed and lifted by the State of Florida and the physician's license is currently clear and active.
The physician's licenses in the States of Massachusetts, Maine, and Michigan were all revoked based on the above referenced incidents and the physician has never sought to reinstate these licenses.
Action Taken-Stipulation & Consent Order
- The Vermont Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons warns any license to practice osteopathy that may be granted to the physician should the physician meet all other prerequisites for licensure.
- In the event the physician should be granted a license by this Board and should the physician relocate from Florida to Vermont to take up the practice of osteopathy, within sixty days of such relocation, the physician shall provide the Board with his plan to receive psychiatric and/or mental health therapy in the State of Vermont.
- If the physician does not plan on utilizing the services of a psychiatrist and/or a psychologist in the State of Vermont, the Board may require the physician to present information and/or testimony from the practitioners that the physician is currently utilizing in Florida in order to determine if the medical and/or psychological basis for discontinuing such treatment.
- If the Board determines that the health, safety or welfare of the public requires the physician to continue with medical and/or psychological treatment, it may condition his license to require treatment pursuant to this Order.
- The physician when conducting any gynecological or breast examination, the physician shall lave an adult female present in the exam room. If the patient objects to having a third party present for an examination, the physician shall note the patient's objection in the patient's medical record.