Former Lincoln trauma doctor's medical license temporarily suspended

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The former medical director of trauma for Bryan Health had his medical license temporarily suspended this month according to documents filed with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Paperwork was filed by Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer on August 3rd asking for the temporary suspension of Dr. Reginald Burton's license. On August 4th, a notice for a hearing was posted as part of a Petition for Disciplinary Action and Temporary License Suspension. That hearing will take place on Tuesday, August 15th.

Online documents through DHHS show Burton's temporary suspension took effect on August 7, 2017. Burton no longer works for Bryan Health. A statement provided to 10/11 News in January of 2017 from Bryan Health said, "Dr. Reginald Burton submitted his resignation from Bryan Medical Center’s medical staff on December 20, 2016. His resignation indicated he was relocating his practice."

The 15 pages of allegations in the Petition for Disciplinary Action and Temporary License Suspension outline issues ranging from maintaining proper boundaries, medicine dispensed without documentation, as well as treatment and courses Burton was required to go through.

The Petition said in 2011 Burton took a "three day continuing education course at T.C.P.H., Nashville, Tennessee, entitled 'Maintaining Proper Boundaries.'"

Another from January 2014 cites an "Assurance of Compliance with the Nebraska Attorney General, wherein he agreed to maintain professional boundaries with patients."

In October 2016, the Petition said Burton was put on 'precautionary suspension" due to "alleged failure to adhere to a requirement that he have another health care provider be present in the room during patient examinations, failure to maintain appropriate professional boundaries, and possible narcotic prescription issues."

Shortly after that "precautionary suspension" the Petition said Burton was admitted to an intensive three month residential based program in Kansas where records said he admitted to "having 'fuzzy boundaries' and 'dual relationships' with patients... young, helpless persons, particularly males were 'triggers' for him.'"

The allegations also outline specific cases where prescriptions written were not recorded in patient medical records.

In a letter from the DHHS hearing officer dated August 4th, Burton has the right to appear, defend himself, call witnesses and present evidence as an answer to what the petition allegations state. The hearing will take place at 1:00 on on August 15th in the DHHS Division of Public Health hearing room.

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