The state's Medical Quality Assurance Commission has indefinitely suspended the license of Dr. John C. Perry, an obstetrician and gynecologist who's practiced locally for years.
The suspension was put in place temporarily in April 2013 after a psychiatrist determined Perry was impaired because of an untreated severe narcissistic personality disorder.
Perry underwent the evaluation as part of an agreement to settle a matter before the commission in which he allegedly failed to properly treat a uterine cancer patient.
He denied the allegations but eventually agreed to probation. A separate case dealing with some other instances of alleged substandard care -- including when Perry treated a woman he was involved with, including performing a surgical procedure so they could conceive children -- had a similar resolution a couple of years earlier.
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In the latest matter, Perry could have sought a hearing on whether he was fit mentally to practice but settled by agreeing to the suspension.
He said Wednesday that he's "never hurt anyone as a doctor" and is safe to practice as a physician. But commissioners made up their mind about him and "you can't fight the system," he said.
Several other psychiatrists disagree with the diagnosis, Perry said, adding that he wants to thank his patients for their support.
Perry, 59, will be able to petition for modification of the order in five years if he meets several requirements, including undergoing a comprehensive psychiatric re-evaluation and completing a skills assessment and evaluation.
He also must show he's been in a specific type of psychotherapy for five years, the suspension agreement said.
A modification could include scenarios such as being allowed to practice with a proctor or enter a residency program to become re-trained, said Suzanne Mager, an attorney for the commission.
In her opinion, she said, it's unlikely the commission would allow Perry to practice again without meaningful oversight.
The commission "wishes the best for Dr. Perry in his continuing recovery," Mager said.
The suspension agreement was reached in January but the state Department of Health just announced it Wednesday.