Anchorage doctor fined for inappropriate conduct

Posted: Monday, December 09, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage doctor was fined $3,000 by the Alaska State Medical Board for engaging in inappropriate sexual contact at work during the past 20 years.

The conduct by Dr. George Stewart traumatized nurses and forced one colleague to quit her job. Stewart has been licensed to practice medicine in Alaska since 1971.

''In my view, the penalty imposed here is inadequate to address the egregiousness of Dr. Stewart's behavior,'' said Constance Livsey, a board member who voted against the agreement reached with the doctor.

In 2000, a doctor at Alaska Regional Hospital found a nurse crying after Stewart allegedly rubbed his arm against her breast during a patient procedure and then thanked her for providing a shelf for his arm.

The doctor who found the nurse said Stewart had problems with similar types of abusive and harassing behavior that goes back 20 years, affidavits said.

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