Kansas psychiatrist Douglas Geenens disciplined for second time on patient sex-related violation

Douglas Lee Geenens, D.O., is a Kansas City area physician who specializes in psychiatry and child psychiatry. He has operated mainly in the Overland Park area of Kansas but also was also licensed in Missouri until October 2007.

On February 4, 2010, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts censured Geenens for sexual misconduct.

The Board found, as a matter of fact, that Geenens slept in the same bed as one of his patients during the time he was treating the patient. Geenens admitted the same at hearing and conceded that such behavior was a boundary violation.

The Board’s document states that the board “takes administrative notice of the fact…[that Geenens’ actions] have caused a public outcry in both the press and in the Kansas Legislature. The public perceives it should be protected from the actions of licensees who commit violations of the Healing Arts Act, such as by [Geenens]. The desire of the public to be protected from licensees who violate the…Act…is an aggravating factor which weighs against [Geenens].”

In addition to censure, the Board fined Geenens $5,000 and ordered him to pay $27,477.56, for the Board’s costs of investigation and hearing.

This is only the latest action in Geenens’ well-documented disciplinary history:

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts suspended his medical license for six months on December 11, 2004 with all but seven days stayed. The reason for this disciplinary action was that Dr. Geenens engaged in a social and then sexual relationship with a former patient–the wife of a colleague who had come to him for treatment of “depression and marital issues,” according to the Kansas Board’s Order, which you can see here.

Dr. Geenens married this former patient in Key West, Florida on December 15, 2007.

Dr. Geenens was under investigation by the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts but quietly “retired” his license in October 2007 when it was due for renewal. This, according to an official letter from the Board, “closed the Board’s case” against him.

Dr. Geenens was the treating psychiatrist of 13-year-old Matthew Miller, who hanged himself after one week on the Geenens-prescribed antidepressant Zoloft in July 1997. Zoloft is manufactured by the the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. According to a deposition Geenens gave in a lawsuit filed by Miller’s parents against Pfizer, Geenens was (and possibly still is) a highly paid Pfizer speaker, frequently given promotional talks on Zoloft. Story here (particularly paragraph 28).

Some time between December 2004 and present, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts re-opened an investigation of Dr. Geenens, due in part perhaps to complaints filed by Citizens Commission on Human Rights, citing his ongoing relationship with the former patient as a continuing violation of rules and regulations governing the conduct of physicians.

On October 29, 2008, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts filed a 23-count disciplinary Petition against Dr. Geenens, seeking to suspend or revoke his license for numerous alleged violations, 20 of which state that he prescribed psychiatric drugs to patients and non-patients without sufficient examinations. It also cites “boundary issues” in connection with improper relationships with patients. In one case, the Petition states that Geenens told a patient, “You need to get a divorce, move to the Plaza and we could have breakfast together.” The document has not yet been published by the Board, but you can see local news about it here.

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2 responses to “Kansas psychiatrist Douglas Geenens disciplined for second time on patient sex-related violation

  1. When Dr Geenens “retired his license in october of 2007 I was not notified of the closure of his office. I was receiving samples of a very expensive anti-psychotic medication by pfizer called Geodon. I called and got no answer but I went to the office because I knew a sudden stop of such medications can make psychotic symptoms worse and cause serious issues in life, work, family, and love. All of these things were near lost to me. All ethics of patient/Dr relationship aside, the level of selfishness it takes to knowingly shutdown and give no warning to the patients who need the medication you are providing is inhumane.

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