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May 08. 2013 8:59PM

Associate professor at Dartmouth medical school surrenders license

CONCORD - An associate professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth has agreed to surrender his medical license to resolve allegations of professional misconduct.

The state Board of Medicine released the settlement agreement with Dr. Mark E. Splaine Wednesday.

Splaine was granted a license to practice medicine in New Hampshire on March 2, 1994. He most recently practiced internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and is currently director of educatonal programming at The Dartmouth Institute and associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute and of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.

The settlement does not outline specific allegations but says Splaine was a part-time general internal medicine practitioner at DHMC until he resigned on June 4, 2011. Between 2004 and 2010, Splaine completed billing forms, but did not complete medical records, for more than 2,000 patients, or about 35 percent of the total number of patients he'd seen during that time period.

In March 2011, Splaine entered into another, unrelated settlement agreement with the state board for conduct related to a delay in diagnosing a patient's condition. Under that agreement, he was ordered to complete certain continuing medical education credits within a specified time period and to provide the board with proof of completion. He did not do that, according to board documents.

A hearing on the allegations was set for June 5 but, "in an effort to avoid the delay and expense of further proceedings," Splaine agreed to voluntarily surrender his license to practice medicine in New Hampshire. The board will report the settlement as discipline, but under the agreement, Splaine made no admission to any of the allegations, any wrongdoing or any violation of RSA 329 which governs the practice of medicine in New Hampshire.

A call to DHMC for comment was not immediately returned.

In other state Board of Medicine actions, two other doctors also voluntarily surrendered their licenses:

. Dr. Kevin M. Kendall, who last worked at Bridgton Hospital in Lewiston, Maine. According to the board, on July 29, 2012, he was "impaired" when he reported to work in Lewiston and hit a "wooden object" (those two words replaced "mailbox" which was crossed out in the board document).

. Dr. Jeffrey D. Rosen, who previously surrendered his license in West Virginia and was denied a license in Vermont, after he was fired from the Women's Health Center of West Virginia after complaints alleging he was unprofessional and disrespectful in treatment of patients.

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