Medical Conduct Board Revokes Licenses of Two Psychiatrists

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 2, 2008) – The State Board for Professional Medical Conduct has revoked the medical licenses of two psychiatrists, prohibiting them from practicing medicine in New York State.

The Board sustained medical misconduct charges against Robert Hauben, M.D., with an office at 351 Meeting House Lane, Suite G, Southampton, involving negligence, incompetence, and failure to maintain records in the care and treatment of 10 patients. The Board determined that Dr. Hauben inappropriately prescribed multiple medications, failed to order and/or perform adequate medical work-ups and lab work prior to prescribing medication, and failed to follow up on his patients' conditions, including complications from prescribed medications, abnormal lab results, and interactions with alcohol and/or other drugs.

The Board sustained medical misconduct charges against Emanuel Falcone, M.D., of Fort Myers, FL, for engaging in conduct in the practice of the profession evidencing moral unfitness to practice, negligence, incompetence, and failure to maintain records while practicing in New York State and Florida. The Board determined that Dr. Falcone established a doctor-patient relationship with a patient in or about 2005 and engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with that patient in or about 2006.

Both license revocation decisions followed hearings before a hearing committee of the Board for Professional Medical Conduct comprised of two physicians and a lay person. During the course of the hearings, both the physicians and the state had the opportunity to offer evidence and present witnesses.

The Office of Professional Medical Conduct in the New York State Department of Health is responsible for investigating complaints about physicians, physician assistants, and special assistants. The Board for Professional Medical Conduct, comprised of some 200 physicians and lay members, is responsible for adjudicating charges of misconduct.

Disciplinary actions taken since 1990 against physicians licensed in New York State are on the Department's website at www.nyhealth.gov.