The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the overall rating is based on an average of each board’s scores.
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After the doctor’s license was revoked in Florida for inappropriate prescribing practices, he began practicing in Maine, specializing in treatment of chronic pain and substance abuse. Shortly after he began that practice, board orders show Lazaro engaged in sexual misconduct with three female patients: He told each to come to his office late in the evening with $100 cash. He then asked each to remove part or all of her clothing, asked inappropriate questions about their sexual experiences, and under the guise of practicing medicine fondled their breasts or rubbed up against or touched their genitals.
In 2005, he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact with patients.
“In light of the nature of his criminal convictions for unlawful sexual contact…the Board reasonably concludes that it was Dr. Lazaro’s conscious object to touch the genitals of three female patients in order to arouse or gratify his sexual desires or in order to offend them,” the board said in revoking his license.
Lazaro also pleaded guilty to theft by deception in a case that involved a state program for low-income patients.
Numerous efforts to contact Lazaro by phone were unsuccessful.
''[The doctor] acknowledged that the sexual relationship with Patient A was wrong and stated that he immediately wanted to self-report his conduct to the Board but was advised not to do so by a prior attorney, two counselors, and another physician."
— Statement of facts in the state board’s 2015 order placing a doctor on probation.
The board told the Portland Press Herald in March that its informal practice is to decide each complaint on its own merits, without considering past disciplinary actions against a doctor. Critics said that can allow dangerous doctors to continue to practice.
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