- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The state of Nebraska has temporarily suspended a former trauma surgeon’s medical license amid allegations of unprofessional and negligent conduct.

A hearing for a petition against Reginald Burton for disciplinary action and temporary license suspension is scheduled for Tuesday. The petition was filed this month with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, the Lincoln Journal Star reported .

The petition lists nearly 20 concerns from Burton’s former co-workers at Bryan Health. Several of the allegations deal with alleged misconduct involving young adult male patients and “fuzzy” prescribing practices.

In the petition, Assistant Attorney General Mindy Lester said the hospital had placed Burton’s privileges on “precautionary suspension” last October because he allegedly failed to follow a requirement that another health care provider be in the room during patient exams; he failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries; and for possible narcotic prescription issues.

Burton resigned from Bryan in December saying he decided to relocate his practice.

His attorney, Wayne Waite, said the complaint doesn’t contain a single allegation of patient injury or complaint.

“Rather, the complaint is based almost entirely on the fear of working with someone with a different sexual orientation,” he said, referring to Burton being a gay man.

Waite said the complaint was fueled by gossip from a group trying to drive the former medical director of trauma out of Lincoln.

The state says Burton’s “continued practice at this time would constitute an imminent danger to public health and safety.”


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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