‘Immoral Conduct’ Costs Area Physician His License
A local Jewish doctor, who served patients through the White Square Obstetrics and Gynecology practice on Franklin Square Drive, earlier this summer had his medical licensed suspended. Dr. Saul J. Weinreb, former president of the board of Ohr Chadash Academy, was charged by the Maryland Board of Physicians in summer 2013 with “immoral conduct in the practice of medicine,” according to the consent orders published on the MBP’s website. He was found guilty of sexual misconduct.
“He consented to this order,” explained Christine Farrelly, acting MBP executive director. “He is agreeing to all of these findings of fact.”
An MBP investigation into the conduct of Dr. Weinreb, 44, the son of former Congregation Shomrei Emunah spiritual leader Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, began in November 2011, when a patient complained that during her office visit Weinreb seemed to be “hitting on her” and later went to her place of business. In May 2012, another patient complained that Dr. Weinreb told her during her office visit that he would like to see her outside the office. And in October 2012, a third patient told MBP that Dr. Weinreb initiated contact outside of the office and provided his personal cell phone. He requested she call him by his first name.
Dr. Weinreb “telephoned [the patient] and told her that he had to see her in person about an important matter. [The patient], who is married, was concerned and agreed to meet. … [Dr. Weinreb] told [the patient] that he wanted to have [relations] with her and had ‘a lot to offer,’” according to the MBP report.
Farrelly explained that the MBP does not have criminal authority, and the report does not state that Dr. Weinreb has been charged with a crime. However, his license has been suspended, and he must comply with further psychiatric evaluation and counseling, including taking part in the Maryland Professional Rehabilitation Program.
Dr. Weinreb was unable to be reached at his home phone number. Rabbi Weinreb declined comment.
Farrelly said the most important message here is to inform the public that all of this information is online. A patient can visit the MBP website (mbp.state.md.us) to check if a physician he or she is considering has had any public actions taken against him or her.
“This is helpful — and most people don’t know about it,” said Farrelly. “Any prior public orders — any orders in other states [are public]. … We collect a lot of information, and we do like to share this with the public.”