SEA GIRT — A Sea Girt physician who operates several New Jersey treatment centers, has had his medical license suspended after admitting to inappropriate sexual conduct with a female patient.
Francis Rienzo, 60, who maintains the private practice “Rienzo Francis G MD” in Sea Girt, has entered into a Consent Order with the State Board of Medical Examiners that imposes a three-year suspension of his New Jersey medical credentials as well as a civil penalty and costs totaling $85,856, according to Acting State Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck.
“We will not tolerate sexual misconduct by healthcare professionals towards their patients,” Mr. Bruck said. “Physicians who betray their patients’ trust and violate professional standards will be held accountable.”
According to officials, it was also alleged that Mr. Rienzo had performed questionable prescribing practices.
According to the Consent Order, if proven, Mr. Rienzo’s inappropriate sexual contact with a patient and his prescribing of potentially addictive medications, would constitute gross or repeated malpractice and professional misconduct.
Also, if proven, Mr. Rienzo’s alleged failures to maintain an adequate patient record and to perform an appropriate patient examination prior to issuing a prescription would provide grounds for disciplinary action.
Under the terms of the Consent Order, he is prohibited from practicing medicine while serving two years of active suspension and the remaining year as a period of probation.
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