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 Oregon did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.
The Oregon Medical Board accused Burleson of inappropriately touching two patients in 2003 and 2004 while they were under anesthesia and being moved from a surgical chair to a recovery bed.
Burleson acknowledged to the board that he had on occasions phoned female patients after their surgeries for his personal gratification.
During an evaluation, he acknowledged that two to four times a year since about 2000, he had looked under the gowns of female patients without a medical purpose; inappropriately touched female patients while providing medical service, inappropriately placed EKG leads on female patients for his sexual gratification, and fondled the breasts of sedated patients. The board reported him to law enforcement.
Burleson was convicted of sex crimes under a plea agreement and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. (The Associated Press reported that a grand jury had indicted Burleson on charges that would have carried mandatory minimum sentences of as much as 12 years. The charges in the plea agreement did not carry mandatory minimum sentences, then-prosecutor Christine Mascal confirmed).
Burleson permanently surrendered his license in 2008.
In his response to the Journal-Constitution, Burleson directly addressed only the nature of the plea agreement and no other details of the case.
“I decided that the risk/benefit ratio was such that this is something I would do.”
—A psychiatrist, explaining his decision to have a sexual relationship with a patient. The board also cited him for other violations, and it revoked his license.
Disciplinary orders are available on the Oregon Medical Board's website by searching for the individual doctor. Some orders also are available on the Board Actions section of the board's website, dating back to 2011. To obtain a Complaint and Notice of Disciplinary Action or a non-disciplinary agreement that has been completed, the public must file written requests.
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