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.
Click on the boxes below to read how Massachusetts did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.
The anesthesiologist was accused of molesting patients in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
In the Massachusetts case, in 2000, a patient said that when Aubin gave her anesthesia during surgery on her wrist, he reached into the neck opening of her gown while a surgical drape concealed him, and massaged and squeezed her breasts, according to a Rhode Island medical board document. She said that Aubin leaned closer to her and whispered, “Don’t tell anybody because I can get in a lot of trouble.”
The patient said she didn’t immediately tell anyone because she felt afraid, but after her grandmother came to the hospital she told her what had happened, and also reported the incident to police and the hospital later the same day. But neither the hospital nor police took action, and no board order or other information became public.
Five years later, in Rhode Island, a 21-year-old patient accused Aubin of similar violations while she was undergoing knee surgery, saying he also told her not to say anything.
The patient from Massachusetts also testified, and the doctor's Rhode Island license was revoked.
Aubin fought the order and the case wound up in court.
The court in 2007 upheld revocation, finding Aubin had molested the Rhode Island patient. The Massachusetts board then revoked his license.
Rhode Island reinstated him in 2011, but his license is still shown as revoked on the Massachusetts board’s website.
Aubin was allowed to practice medicine in Guam as long as he was chaperoned when seeing female patients, according to news reports from 2008. He has not yet responded to a message the AJC left with the hospital in Guam seeking comment.
“[T]he respondent told Patient A that he hoped their sexual encounter had not harmed her… As a result of the Respondent’s actions, Patient A felt exploited and used.”
—Statements of allegations against a psychiatrist accused of having sex with a patient he had treated for an eating disorder. The only disciplinary information about him on the board’s website is his voluntary surrender of his license in 2012, which doesn’t list a reason.
Board orders often provide no details about allegations, even in cases where doctors’ licenses are revoked or surrendered. Massachusetts also purges from its website board orders for some egregious cases, the Boston Globe has reported. Using reciprocal orders from other states and other documents, the AJC identified 54 cases of sexual misconduct but only 11 through public orders posted on the state website.
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