A state commission suspended a Kennewick physician’s medical license after a psychiatrist said he has an untreated “severe narcissistic” personality disorder.
John C. Perry, an obstetrician and gynecologist who has practiced in the Tri-Cities for more than two decades, has 20 days to respond. He can request hearings on the suspension and also on the issue of his alleged impairment, said Suzanne Mager, a staff attorney for the state’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission.
The four-page order of summary suspension stated the commission believes Perry “poses a risk of immediate danger to his patients” and that the license suspension is “the only way the public can be protected adequately.”
Perry told the Herald on Tuesday evening that he has consulted with his attorney and, “We’re saddened by the actions of the (commission). There are many findings of fact that we disagree with. At the current time, we’re looking at our options and how to proceed from here.”
He added that he’s sorry the commission has “disrupted the good patient care I’ve given the Tri-Cities for 25 years,” and there never was a safety threat to patients.
Perry met with a Seattle psychiatrist in January — an evaluation required by an agreement he entered into with the commission the year before to settle an unprofessional conduct case. In that case, the commission alleged Perry failed to properly treat a uterine cancer patient.
He denied the allegations but eventually agreed to 34 months probation to run at the same time as a previous four-year probation he agreed to in 2010.
That stemmed from separate unprofessional conduct allegations, including that he treated a woman with whom he was having an affair — reversing her tubal ligation so they could conceive children, among other procedures — despite their romantic relationship, documents said.
He also was accused of providing sub-standard care to some patients. He denied the charges but opted to settle with the commission in March 2010.
After the psychiatric evaluation, the state commission received a complaint indicating Perry might have been “deceptive or untruthful” during his evaluation, according to the commission’s statement of charges in the current matter.
Charges brought by the commission are not criminal.
The statement of charges doesn’t say who made the complaint, which alleged that “significant events had occurred in (Perry’s) life and medical practice which were of the nature that they would have been addressed in (the psychiatrist’s) report, but which had not been mentioned by him.”
The allegations “involved boundary and standard of care issues wherein (Perry) placed his desires over the medical needs of a vulnerable patient,” the statement of charges says.
The document stated the commission told psychiatrist Michael R. Oreskovich about the claims, “identifying them as unsubstantiated, since they had not yet been investigated.”
Oreskovich said he would follow up with Perry, who hadn’t mentioned the events, the document stated.
The next week, the commission received a report from Perry’s medical malpractice insurer about a $375,000 settlement on Jan. 25, 2013, of a medical malpractice lawsuit against Perry, the document stated.
It stated the litigation and settlement weren’t mentioned in Oreskovich’s report, and the commission notified him of the settlement.
On Feb. 21, Oreskovich talked with Perry for 45 minutes by phone, asking him about the allegations and the malpractice litigation and settlement.
As a result of the interview, Oreskovich submitted an addendum to his initial evaluation saying Perry is “unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety, and is impaired due to an untreated severe narcissistic personality disorder,” the statement of charges said.