Psychiatrist loses license for preying on patients Washington Co. doctor had sex with 1, kissed another

August 10, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

State authorities revoked the license yesterday of a psychiatrist for having sex with a female patient, hugging and kissing another and admitting that he engaged in "seduction therapy" with a third.

The Board of Physician Quality Assurance revoked the license of Dr. Ruy Dan Arroyo, five months after an administrative law judge criticized him for being "egregiously immoral" and preying on three Washington County women "when they most required help."

The offenses occurred in 1987 and 1988, while the doctor had offices in Washington County.

As part of the revocation order, Arroyo will be prohibited from applying for reinstatement for 15 years. Arroyo, who was unavailable yesterday, has told authorities in recent months that he was moving to Puerto Rico.

He had no listed telephone and did not attend the two-day hearings in February before Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey S. Gulin to investigate the sexual misconduct complaints filed by the three former patients.

Arroyo "perpetrated this conduct upon vulnerable women at times when they most required help," Gulin wrote in his March 7 decision proposing the revocation.

John Costopoulous, a spokesman for Washington County Hospital, said Arroyo worked there from May 1987 until January 1989, when he resigned to join the Army. He said complaints were made to the hospital about Arroyo's conduct in his office and at the hospital, but that he was not forced to resign. "He simply left on his own," Costopoulous said.

After a stint in the Army, Arroyo apparently set up a private practice in Anne Arundel County.

Kevin Murnane, a spokesman for North Arundel Hospital, said Arroyo had staff privileges at the Glen Burnie hospital from spring 1994 until January 1995.

State Health Claims Arbitration Office records show that he listed himself in 1995 as a self-employed psychiatrist working from an address in Severn, with privileges at North Arundel. The health claims office, which handles medical malpractice complaints, received no complaints concerning Arroyo, according to an office spokesman.

Mirsona Osrio, a lawyer for the Puerto Rico Board of Medical Examiners, said Arroyo might be practicing there, but that his status would be reviewed after Maryland's revocation order is entered into the registry kept by the Federation of State Medical Boards, a service that lists medical licensing sanctions nationwide.

Pub Date: 8/10/96

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