A Florida prison hired him for $188,000 a year knowing the state of New York revoked his license for sex with a patient.
On December 4, 2009, the Florida Board of Medicine voted unanimously to revoked psychiatrist Emanuel J. Falcone’s license to practice in the state, citing a sexual relationship with a former patient.
That relationship occurred with a female patient with multiple personalities who began treatment with Falcone’s girlfriend, a New York clinical social worker, in 2003. The patient-social worker relationship continued Falcone and his girlfriend married and moved to Florida in 2005. Falcone’s wife shared information about the patient with him and he ultimately took over the woman’s treatment.
Falcone (left, in tan suit) prepares to lose his license.
In a case summary, a panel of New York physicians wrote that Falcone was “fascinated” by her alternative identities, some of which were children.
Their sexual relationship began in 2006 when they got together in New York, the summary said. It continued with a weekend trip that year to Captiva Island, near Fort Myers, Florida.
On September 25, 2008 the State of New York Department of Health Board for Professional Medical Conduct issued a Determination and Order on Falcone, revoking his license. According to the Board’s document, Dr. Falcone treated a patient for whom he bought gifts, took on outings and engaged in sex with, among other violations. The Board charged Dr. Falcone with “committing professional misconduct…by engaging in physical contact of a sexual nature between [himself] and the patient in the practice of psychiatry.” He was additionally charged with professional misconduct evidencing moral unfitness to practice; gross negligence; gross incompetence and failing to maintain a record for for the patient which accurately reflected the care and treatment of the patient. All charges were sustained by the hearing committee.
Falcone told the New York medical board panel he never considered his interactions with the woman to be treatment or therapy.
Falcone loses license by unanimous vote
In Friday’s hearing, Falcone’s effort to get his revocation reduced to probation and a fine, among other penalties, was rebuffed by the panel. He declined to be interviewed as he left the hearing and walked away with his head down and hands in his pockets.
“If he’s not qualified to practice in New York, he’s not qualified to practice here,” said Jason Rosenberg, a Gainesville plastic surgeon who sits on the Florida board.
Earlier this month, Falcone quit his $188,000-a-year position as senior psychiatrist at Florida State Prison in Raiford, under pressure from “people pretty high up” within the state Department of Corrections after officials with the Department were questioned about his hiring, despite knowledge of the New York license revocation.