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NH doctor gives up license after California imposes sanctions

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

November 16. 2017 10:56PM




CONCORD — New Hampshire medical regulators said a psychiatrist with a specialty in geriatric care has voluntarily surrendered his New Hampshire medical license.

Dr. Phacharawut Kanchananakhin agreed to give up his privileges to provide medical care in light of a three-year sanction levied against him for misconduct at a psychiatric health care facility in Roseville, Calif.

The California Board of Medicine last April 21 placed Kanchananakhin on probation for his conduct in dealing with an agitated, disabled adult at the Telecare Placer County Psychiatric Health Facility.

According to California medical authorities, Kanchananakhin got into an altercation with the patient, who was on involuntary hold at the facility.

After the two were out in the hall, California officials said the patient tried to kick Kanchananakhin.

“Respondent (Kanchananakhin) got into a fighting stance and attempted to kick patient ‘N’ while he was restrained,” the California medical board decision said, identifying the patient only by the letter “N.” “Respondent continued to try to swing punches at Patient ‘N’ despite Patient ‘N’ being restrained.”

The violent response was what resulted in the medical ethics charges against the doctor, who until the incident had worked for 21 years in a variety of fields, including addiction medicine, psychiatry and geriatric care.

According to the complaint, a medical administrator had to get involved to quell the disturbance.

“The administrator had to push respondent away from Patient ‘N’ in order to calm respondent down,” the California complaint against Kanchananakhin said.

“Once respondent was separated from patient ‘N,’ he (Kanchananakhin) stated: “I don’t know; I just lost it.”

The California medical board revoked Kanchananakhin’s license for three years but stayed the action pending his good behavior.

Their order required the doctor to accept a professional monitor of all his medical treatment over the next three years, plus completion of courses on medical ethics and anger management.

klandrigan@unionleader.com


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