State suspends Freeport doctor's license

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FREEPORT — A local physician has had his license suspended for 30 days after he acknowledged he had a sexual relationship with a patient.

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine suspended the medical license of Dr. Lowell Gerber, reprimanded him, and placed him on probation for five years, according to a board press release.

In June the board restricted Gerber’s practice pending a July 7 hearing, ruling that he could not practice out of his home or without a chaperone.

The decision resulted from information that Gerber was practicing out of his home and had a sexual relationship with a female patient.

As conditions of his probation, Gerber must have an adult chaperone present when he treats or examines a female patient, must notify the board of his practice locations, must undergo a psychological examination, take a board-approved ethics and boundaries class, obtain a practice monitor, and pay a $1,500 civil penalty.

— Bangor Daily News