Monthly Archives: July 2011

Washington medical board revokes psychiatrist Richard Adamson’s license for sex with patients

On July 27, 2011, the Washington State Department of Health (DoH) permanently revoked psychiatrist Richard T. Adamson’s license to practice medicine, with no right to reapply for reasons of unprofessional conduct and failure to reply to the DoH’s statement of charges and subsequent communications.

The DoH summarily suspended Adamson’s license on March 31, 2011 for engaging in sex with two patients and for violating physician-patient confidentiality.

Following the suspension, the DoH received two more complaints, describing a similar pattern of conduct as that found in the complaints regarding the two aforementioned patients.

Source: Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Order of Default and Statement of Charges in the Matter of the License to Practice as a Physician and Surgeon of Richard T. Adamson, M.D., License No. MD00019594, Case No. M2010-287, State of Washington Department of Health and “Seattle psychiatrist’s license immediately suspended,” News Release of the Washington State Department of Health, March 30, 2011.

Counselor Ricardo N. Vargas convicted, license revoked for sex crime

On or around July 26, 2011, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs revoked the license of professional counselor Ricardo Nolan Vargas, following his criminal conviction for criminal sexual conduct.

Vargas, whose entry on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ website shows him to hold a license as “professional counselor – educational limited,” was convicted in February 2011 of four misdemeanor counts, which stemmed from instances of inappropriate touching with a minor.

He was sentenced to 165 days in jail and ordered to pay $2,777 in fines.

Source: “Counselor loses license after CSC conviction,”, Local4News, July 26, 2011.

Psychiatrist Joseph A. Jackson loses licenses in New York and Massachusetts for patient sex

On July 23, 2011, the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct (“Bureau”) revoked the license of psychiatrist Joseph Alexander Jackson, D.O. for professional misconduct. According to the Bureau’s Determination and Order, its action was based on discipline taken on Jackson in another state for conduct which, if it had occurred in the state of New York, would have amounted to professional misconduct. Specifically, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine revoked Jackson’s license on October 6, 2010 after concluding that “engaged in boundary violations that resulted in a sexual encounter with a patient.”

Source: Determination and Order in the Matter of Joseph Alexander Jackson IV, D.O., Co-10-10-6537-A, BPMC #11-185, State of New York Department of Health Board for Professional Medical Conduct.