The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine has summarily suspended a Fort Kent radiologist, after concluding that he presented an imminent threat to his patients.
The medical license of Dr. Robert Desai, who worked at Northern Maine Medical Center, was suspended for the maximum 30 days.
Board Executive Director Randal Manning says a public adjudicatory hearing has been scheduled for June, "when the board and the licensee can resolve the matter to determine a final action. And in the information received about Dr. Desai, it was determined that this was necessary, so Dr. Desai was removed from practice until the hearing is held."
Manning says summary suspension doesn't happen often. He says it's been three years since the last one.
Joanne Fortin of Northern Maine Medical Center says Dr. Desai began his temporary position there on April 1, and appeared to provide good service. But on May 7, staff reported odd behavior, and he was immediately removed from patient care.
This story was reported and written by Patty Wight and Ed Morin.