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NH Medical Board punishes former Lebanon doctor

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

August 12. 2017 11:11PM




CONCORD - The state medical licensing board punished a former Lebanon internal medicine doctor for failing to disclose "serious breaches of professional ethics" that caused its counterpart in Illinois to drum him out of the field in that state.

According to a settlement agreement, the most serious transgression Dr. Pongpeera Taytawat committed here was lying on a Feb. 26, 2015 application for a training license and graduate fellowship when he was asked, "Have you ever been reprimanded, sanctioned, restricted or disciplined in any activities involving medical education or practice?"

Taytawat answered no to that question when in fact he faced a two-year disciplinary probe in Illinois.

As a result, Taytawat signed an agreement here to be reprimanded, to have this misconduct considered should he ever apply for a doctor's license again and to pay a $1,000 administrative fine.

Taytawat first got his license to practice medicine from the New Hampshire Board of Medicine on July 1, 2015.

Unknown to any New Hampshire authority, less than two months earlier - May 12, 2015 - the Illinois Board of Medicine indefinitely suspended his temporary medical license to practice in that state after numerous ethical lapses that included:

. Plagiarism: Taytawat was called upon to give a case presentation to colleagues related to a patient.

"Instead of preparing a presentation based on one of his patients, respondent plagiarized material from a published medical journal which did not relate to any patient he had treated," the Illinois board found in its sanctions against him.

. Altering a recommendation: Taytawat asked his program director at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago for a letter of recommendation.

"After the letter was prepared, respondent (Taytawat) modified the letter dramatically such that the content was completely different from the original letter," the Illinois medical board found.

. Inflating his resume: While he applied for fellowship programs, Taytawat claimed the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he worked was affiliated with the University of Illinois when it never was.

While Illinois suspended that temporary license in 2015, the Chicago medical provider where Taytawat had been working placed him on administrative leave and took away his clinical responsibilities much earlier, in November 2013.

New Hampshire's medical board would likely have gone after Taytawat's license, too, but he had allowed that to expire last Sept. 2.

Only six days later - Sept. 8 - the state medical board learned why on that day Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center informed state regulators that Taytawat had been dismissed from DHMC's Cardiovascular Fellowship Program "due to issues relating to professionalism."

State regulators said they opened an investigation into that discipline and obtained information relative to his lack of professionalism.

But a simple Google search by either state regulators or DHMC officials about Taytawat and the Illinois Board of Medicine would have turned up a 2015 sanction.

On Page 10, there's this entry: "Pongpeera Taytawat, Chicago - temporary medical permit (125-059068) indefinitely suspended due to unprofessional conduct and the use of a false, fraudulent, or deceptive statement."

Taytawat signed the settlement agreement with the New Hampshire medical board on July 19.

klandrigan@unionleader.com


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