A Missouri medical licensing board has publicly reprimanded a psychiatrist for fostering a sexual relationship with a former patient who was contemplating suicide when they met weeks earlier.
An order handed down July 27 by the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts states that Dr. Kenneth Fattmann treated the patient at Cox North Hospital in Springfield, Mo., on or about August 13, 2010.
After she was discharged from the hospital he continued communicating with her “by text messaging and at church” and then hired her as a babysitter. From Aug. 24, 2010 to Dec. 26, 2010 they had “intermittent personal and romantic interaction.”
The licensing board determined that Fattmann’s conduct “constitutes exercising influence within a physician-patient relationship... for the purposes of engaging a patient in sexual activity.”
Fattmann signed the order, which requires him to report the reprimand to his current employer within 30 days.
Fattmann now works as the chief medical officer for Ozark Guidance, a mental health provider in northern Arkansas. A message left for him there was not returned Tuesday. He’s been licensed to practice medicine in Arkansas since November 2013 and has no disciplinary marks on his professional record there.
His Missouri license was suspended Sept. 17, 2016 for failure to pay state taxes but was reinstated Jan. 26, 2017 after the board received evidence that he had paid what he owed.
Fattmann was formerly the medical director of a Missouri Boys and Girls Town facility in St. James, Mo., from 200-2009 and has also served as a psychiatrist for Munson Army Health Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
He remains licensed to practice in Missouri. His Kansas medical license expired in 1991.