Dr Robert McMullen, unethical psychiatrist in NYC and Mt. Kisco ought to be prosecuted

Here's a letter I wrote to him after the experience described in the letter. I also cc'd it to the American Psychiatric Association, their Board of Ethics, the NYS Medical Board, my psychologist. Haven't heard anything from the associations.
This man is unethical beyond belief as he tries to abuse psychiatric patients.
I felt disgusted and soiled when I walked out of his office and also felt that I had escaped some evil just by the skin of my teeth.

Dear Dr. McMullen,
The first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath is "Do No Harm".
I feel you did do me harm with your behavior when I came to see you in your Mount Kisco office on Sunday, November 16, 2008.
I came to see you to get help because I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and I had just found out that I may allergic to Lamictal and had to be taken off it.
Therefore I was worried for my health and considered my self really lucky that you had given me an appointment on a Sunday.
In the course of taking my history you asked me how things were between my husband and myself. I replied that things were not too good.
You said "Does he suffer from premature ejaculation? Seduce him." And then you proceeded to tell me in graphic detail how I should "take his penis in my hands and masturbate him" with my hands, then "take his penis into your mouth and let him come to just about orgasm, then stop and let his penis go limp, then take it in your mouth again... etc. etc."
Also when I asked you if only intelligent people had Bipolar disorder, again you steered the conversation to sex by telling me that retarded children get manic and they often "pull out their penises in public and masturbate themselves".
All that may be very good advice and descriptions, however the graphic sexual nature of your words and the repeated references to my taking "penis into hands and mouth" and little boys masturbating their penises with their hands felt totally outrageous to me. I couldn't quite believe what I was hearing!!!!
First of all I had come to see you because of my issues with medication, specifically Lamictal. I had NOT come t see you about any relationship or sexual issues with my husband.
I understand that in the course of taking a patient's history, a psychiatrist asks about relationship issues.
But to me, this was so graphic and inappropriate a way to do it that I was left basically sickened and speechless. I tried to steer the conversation back to the subject at hand, which was my putative allergic reaction to Lamictal but over and over again you picked up the "putting penises in your mouth or penises in your hand" theme.
I feel that harmed me very much as when I walked out of your office, I literally felt assaulted and sickened and soiled.
Secondly, your advice to take Lamictal, even though I may be allergic to it, but take it with an Epinephrine pen (Epi pen) was very dismissive of the danger that may pose to my very life, you even said it was ok to take it at night before I went to bed!!!
I feel that was neglectful of my best interests.
As I do not want a psychiatrist who treats a patient in this sexually harassing and callous, neglectful way, I would like a refund of the $850.00 fee that I paid with a check as your fee for first time patients.
Thank you for all the help you extended to me when I came to you needing help with my Bipolar Disorder and medication issues.
Sincerely yours,
Sam_R

I've been a patient of Dr.

I've been a patient of Dr. McMullen's for over 15 years now, who I was referred to by a very reputable colleague when my husband died when I was 29. McMullen is the only Dr. who has helped me through this traumatizing experience, and who has been able to treat my anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders. I would not hesitate to say he has saved my life. I have referred him to friends, family and co-workers who he has been able to help when no other Drs could. He's truly a genius at working with treatment resistant illnesses.

He has a very likeable good nature from the 1st meeting that instantly puts you at ease, and promotes comfort in discussing all issues that can be effected by various illnesses. This includes your job, your relationships, your family, your overall enjoyment of life, etc. In discussing personal issues with him, I have in NO WAY EVER felt that he was unethical or left his office "feeling dirty" or anything CLOSE to what that letter describes. I can truly say that I always leave feeling renewed of hope, with the most up to date information on holistic findings that he maintains state of the art knowledgeable on, and full of gratitude to the person that referred me to him back when he did.

I doubt there is anything I can say to change the mind of the bipolar patient who went to such extremes to try and destroy the reputation of Dr. McMullen with her letter, but sadly that one letter may mislead others into believing there is reason to question the ethics of Dr. McMullen. He is one of the most dedicated, professional and intelligent doctors out there and I would continue to refer him to anyone in need of his medical help. I plan to continue to be his patient as long as he is in practice. If he ever stops practice - I would need a strong recommendation from him as to what to do, as again, he is one of the few in his profession I trust to refer to me someone at least close to his caliber.

It's too bad he didn't have hindsight when agreeing to a Sunday appointment with a new difficult patient, not knowing her state of mind prior to the visit. As I, along with at least a handful of friends, co-workers and family who have been so lucky as to be helped by Dr. McMullen in our lives, often say, how does he do it? It has got to be so difficult dealing with such challenging patients to say the least, and yet continue the drive to help each one individually, and maintain his good nature. It CAN'T be easy being Dr. McMullen, but thank God for him.

TO DR. ROBERT D. McMULLEN

TO DR. ROBERT D. McMULLEN AND ANY OF HIS PATIENTS OR OTHER DOCTORS WHO MAY SEE THIS;

My name is Linda Schroeder and I have been under the treatment of Dr. McMullen since February of 2000. At the time of my first visit (consultation) I was in bad shape - so bad that I can't evem remember it in its entirety, as pain, thank God, has a short memory. However, I will state what I remember. I had been going downhill for two years; I had no idea what was wrong with me; in fact, I didn't even know there was anything wrong with me; that was the scary part. But having had no experience with mental illness (or ADHD, as it turned out to be, which is a neurological illness), the decline was very subtle and destructive.

I had been an avid reader, and I couldn't even read beyond an 8th grade level at the time of my first appointment; I could not even put two thoughts together; I was self-medicating with Nyquill, and Dr. McMullen got out a big book and looked something up, and realized that there was an ingredient in Nyquill that appealed to my ADHD, but is too addictive to prescribe.

Dr. McMullen was very kind, and he gave me a questionnaire to fill out. As I already stated, it turned out that I had ADHD, and I had it in spades. I was one step away from being fired from my job; the only reason I wasn't was because I worked for a government agency. My so-called "co-workers" were mean beyond description; I was ostracized, isolated, lied to, laughed at, and talked about behind my back. There was one decent co-worker, and he said he had noticed me going downhill for a while, and he thought he knew a doctor who could help me. The rest is history, but I won't stop here.

The allegations that this slimeball of a mental patient made are in the realm of the absurd. I consider myself a very attractive woman, and I would sometimes get aggravated with the doctor because he didn't notice if I lost weight or changed my hair style. Believe me, Dr. McMullen is a very handsome man, and I would have been delighted if he looked at me as a woman; and I would bet my life they he would have only done so as a gentleman.

This doctor is a aggressive wizard with medication. As soon as he gave me Ritalin, it was like the whole nightmare had disappeared. How I made it through those two years without self-destructing I can only attribute to the fact that I have been sober (now) in AA for 33 years, and the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are ingrained deep in my brain and gut. Only God could have helped me make it through this nightmare.

Dr. McMullen also prescribed other medication for me; at one point, my meds broke down, and he threw evey medication in the book at me until he came up with the right one; most doctors would have given up by then. But he wracked his brains and he remembered about a tricyclic antidepressant that hadn't been used much in years; he remembered that one of the side effects of it was that it helped ADHD, and thank God it did. Less than six months later, it was not even my time to see the good doctor, but with all his patients, he remembered me, and called me to tell me the FDA had just approved a new pharmaceutical called Strattera. He had no idea how much to give me; we were really "shooting in the dark" because there was no frame of reference for this drug. He finally got me up to 180 mg. which was considered a very large dosage, but it did the trick. I reached a new level in my cognitive skills, and even the creeps I worked with had to notice.

In my travels, I ran into other people who had ADHD; somehow they were very easy for me to spot, and I asked them if they were taking Strattera, and they said they were but it wasn't helping them; it seemed they were taking it in very low dosages; i.e. 25 mg. I referred all of these struggling patients to Dr. McMullen, and because of my demeanor, I'm sure some of them went to him.

The vile patient in question is every doctor's nightmare. Doctors go to school for many years and work so hard, and to have someone like this try to bring a good doctor down is a disgrace. I would gladly stand in front of any panel or any court of law to defend this doctor.

I don't know how to end this letter, except to say that I'm glad I saw what I did on the Internet and was able to come to his defense.

Very truly yours,

Linda Schroeder

If you truly believe the

If you truly believe the initial poster is incorrect in their perceptions of the doctor you claim is wonderful, why did you have the need to resort to name calling and belittling statements? Frankly, that type of behavior often may have the reverse outcome and make the initial poster more believable.

In addition, based upon your statements about your situation, one would think you would be better served if you focused on your mental issues. Leave other patients alone to deal with their issues. It appears you resent the very fact the doctor is not interested in you as a woman but only as a patient.

I find it very curious and

I find it very curious and discomforting that doc would have the patient come in to his office on a Sunday, with no staff present.

"I came to see you to get help because I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and I had just found out that I may allergic to Lamictal and had to be taken off it.
Therefore I was worried for my health and considered my self really lucky that you had given me an appointment on a Sunday."

********If this was a crisis, he should/would have had her meet him at the hospital. I had a bad experience myself with a doctor who moved my appointment to after hours and so had discharged all the staff by the time our encounter occurred.

heartthrob wrote: I find it

heartthrob wrote:

I find it very curious and discomforting that doc would have the patient come in to his office on a Sunday, with no staff present.

"I came to see you to get help because I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and I had just found out that I may allergic to Lamictal and had to be taken off it.
Therefore I was worried for my health and considered my self really lucky that you had given me an appointment on a Sunday."

********If this was a crisis, he should/would have had her meet him at the hospital. I had a bad experience myself with a doctor who moved my appointment to after hours and so had discharged all the staff by the time our encounter occurred.

I found this Sunday visit very disconcerting, too, Pam.

abusedemotionally

abusedemotionally wrote:
heartthrob wrote:

I find it very curious and discomforting that doc would have the patient come in to his office on a Sunday, with no staff present.

"I came to see you to get help because I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and I had just found out that I may allergic to Lamictal and had to be taken off it.
Therefore I was worried for my health and considered my self really lucky that you had given me an appointment on a Sunday."

********If this was a crisis, he should/would have had her meet him at the hospital. I had a bad experience myself with a doctor who moved my appointment to after hours and so had discharged all the staff by the time our encounter occurred.

I found this Sunday visit very disconcerting, too, Pam.

This thread is disconcerting, to say the least.
Can you imagine if this really happened to this patient? That would be extremely inappropriate, unethical behaviour. Can you imagine if nobody believed the patient?
(Yes, I can imagine that.)

Can you imagine if the first poster was "crazy" and "vindictive"?
(I'm sure that doctors can - I can...)

It would be so unfair to the doctor.

Perhaps cameras/recordings are necessary for the protection of all.

Now I'm completely in favour of video cameras.

By the way, I would have absolutely no problem with anybody videotaping any nursing interaction that I had - ever.

If I ever did anything wrong, I would want to know, and learn from it.

Me too Wisher......

Me too Wisher......

You cannot come to this

You cannot come to this Physicians defense. You can only speak of your relationship with this Physician! You are in no way invalidating this woman's account of what happen by simply stating it isn't true. It is what it is. If he said it, he said it. If he did it, he did it. That's a large part of the problem now we're having in the medical arena, speaking up for Physicians when they've been accused; So much, that Physicians don't have to speak up for themselves. Let him defend himself, if he's so right, and just. I can certainly say to you Linda, without a shadow of a doubt, he will in no way defend you against one of his own, in the right or wrong. Remember that the next time you're so quick to decide whose truthful, and who isn't.

I have known Dr. Mc Mullen

I have known Dr. Mc Mullen personally since 1998. He is a consummate gentleman, and I cannot imagine him ever making such overtures in an office setting (or any other, for that matter). He cares deeply about all of his patients (and those who are not even his patients).

This was apparently an emergency first visit in an office setting, when nobody else could verify the patient's experience or allegations. One can only wonder why she did not visit her own original psychiatrist for an adjustment to her medication, which s/he had prescribed. Perhaps there was another issue the patient failed to describe, either regarding money (she appears to have no insurance, or none that covers an out of network visit), or an interpersonal relationship with that doctor, which had gone astray for whatever reason. In any event, I can only concur with the rest of Dr. Mc Mullen's patients. He is a wonderful, deeply caring physician.

Something about the story

Something about the story does not sit right in my mind.

It seems the original poster is mostly concerned about getting their money back.

If that happened to me I would do my best to make sure he lost his license. Puzzled

It would be nice to have an update and find out how the various associations responded.

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