Psych Crime Reporter

September 20, 2013

Psychiatrist Ljudmil Kljusev reprimanded, fined $15,000 for personal texts to female patient

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:50 pm

The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday fined a Milford psychiatrist $15,000 for sending personal texts to a patient.

In addition to the fine, the psychiatrist, Dr. Ljudmil Kljusev, was reprimanded for inviting the female patient in 2007 to meet him at a restaurant, for sending her personal texts and for calling her “Sweety,” state records show.

The board considered the behavior a violation of professional boundaries. The same patient claimed that Kljusev also made sexual advances to her, but the medical board dismissed that portion of the complaint as unfounded, Diane Wilan, a state Department of Public Health lawyer, said Tuesday.

DPH had also investigated a complaint from another of Kljusev’s patients who said that in 2009, she went to see him at 7:30 p.m. and found his office filled with lit candles, and that he was holding a beer in one hand and then lit a cigar, records show. She got upset and fled, the report indicates.

State officials investigated the complaint, and Kljusev said that visitors had just left his office after bringing him the beer and cigars as a gift. He said he was putting the beer away when the patient arrived and had lit the candles to cover up the smell of the cigar smoke, records show.

The board found there was insufficient evidence to conclude that Kljusev’s office environment was unprofessional.

His lawyer, Trudie Hamilton, asked the board Tuesday to remove the reprimand. She said that Kljusev acknowledged that the text messages were inappropriate but that they were intended to support a “very challenging” patient with a long history of drug abuse. Hamilton said that there was no evidence he had a sexual motive in sending the texts.

The board did not drop the reprimand.

Source: Kate Farrish, “Medical Board Fines Milford Psychiatrist, Suspends Watertown Doctor’s License For 20 Years,” The Hartford Courant, September 17, 2013.

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12 Comments »

  1. I dont want to feed into trashy journalism. I have been a medial doctor for over 25 years and saved numerous lives in my career with more then 1400 patients in my solo practice of less then 20 months since it’s opening. This was a staged and unfair trial where I was not given a chance to speak at the final hearing. I am astounded by the Board’s lack of interest and concern to obtain the phone records and establish the accuracy of the facts properly. Text messages were never initiated. As a former teacher of Behavioral Science and Medical Ethics, frankly I am aware of the boundaries in psychotherapy. Shockingly, Medical Boards do not understand the difference between boundary violation and boundary crossing, which my attorney alleged.

    Comment by Ljudmil Kljusev MD — September 22, 2013 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

    • You should take up your objections and concerns about the final order with the issuer of the final order (State Medical Board). This blog merely summarizes Board orders and other state-issued documents.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — October 7, 2013 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  2. My response was provoked to psych cryme report “pursuing female patient” and other journal with similar title “skirt chaser” by the same journalist, which is nothing but defamation of character.
    I doubt the Board had issued such a statement. I said I was not given a chance to speak at the hearing. These statements are assumptions, not based on objective findings. If you as a serious journal want to know more about the facts and publish a real story I welcome you for an interview.
    Sincerely,
    L Kljusev

    Comment by LJUDMIL KLJUSEV — October 9, 2013 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

    • The decision has been made, Dr. Kljusev. You received a reprimand and fine. I am no big fan of the “The State” but that is their decision and that IS the story. I don’t claim to be a journalist. I am a person who reposts news stories and summarizes state disciplinary actions. The source of your dispute is with the Board, not with Psych Crime Reporter.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — October 9, 2013 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t understand why on earth you incorporated the one sentence about the Watertown physician .
    Perhaps it’s not as eye catching to the public as reporting an untrue allegation
    (Even the board found almost every allegation to not be credible) But sexy trash? That sells!
    Also as far as using the word “pursuing” Dr. Kljusev was never reprimanded for “Pursuing”anyone.
    I also object to the word “investigation”
    If the Department of Public Health feels that they did an investigation, then I beg to differ with them
    I mean no disrespect board but “Really”
    Boundary violation implies sexual misconduct which Dr. Kljusev was found innocent. The patient out and out lied to get money let’s call it what it really is extortion ! Sleezy oppourtunist!
    What Dr. Kljusev was guilty of was respecting the request of this patient to be called by her NICKNAME which happened to be SWEETIE.
    Nothing inappropriate about a NICKNAME except someone on the boards archaic subjective opinion.
    Just for the record to get this whole story straight, Dr Kljusev never invited this poor xprostitute anywhere he made the mistake of answering a question that the patient texted to him about attending a seminar that Dr Kljusev was invited to speak on a new drug that was becoming available for this poor dears condition. No cozy restaurant,nothing sexual about it. So before ruining a persons name, a Dr who has helped thousands, if the board thinks they did a good job, they need to think again. They let Dr Kljusev down miserably.
    Perhaps they should rethink the violation charge because its wrong.
    Boundary crossing maybe.
    You let this man down.
    Please restore my faith in system by hearing all the facts . This was a bad decision . Please fix it.

    Comment by Dee Lohnes — October 11, 2013 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

    • People who are successful at obtaining a disciplinary action against their health care provider (in this case, a psychiatrist) don’t make money from the action, so your suggestion that “Sweetie” filed the complaint in order to make money is ridiculous.

      Really, you need to take this up with the Connecticut medical licensing board, not with me. I just re-post the news story from Courant, so please give it a break. I am not in the position of “hearing all the facts.” That’s the Board’s job. If Dr. Kljusev feels he did not get a fair hearing, then he needs to take it up with the Board.

      Psych Crime Reporter is not a forum for “hearing all the facts.” We repost published news stories and we summarize Board disciplinary actions and that’s all.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — October 14, 2013 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  4. Sue, I object to the use of the words “pursuing, skirt chasing, hanky panky”… I am appealing to the Board to find who Is behind the defamation of character”. If I don’t see these blogs, titles removed with public apology, I will consult with an attorney.
    Sincerely,
    LJUDMIL KLJUSEV MD

    Comment by LJUDMIL KLJUSEV — October 14, 2013 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  5. Dr. Kljusev, I read this article and your response to it. It is very clear to me that your response shows your lack of professional boundaries. You should never disclose any information about a patient’s treatment. You violated HIPAA regulations. Here’s what you said about your former patient, You refer to her as “A person with 20 year cocaine opiate addiction on disability spending 6000 dollars on drugs per month with criminal history arrests and multiple hospitalizations.” You also publicize tattoos in which the patient can be identified. Why would you give such a person your personal cell phone number? Why would you agree to call her “Sweetie”?
    If anything the state board was very lenient. They didn’t find anything wrong with a psychiatrist having beer in his office, smoking cigars, and trying to cover the smell with candles and cologne. It’s laughable. Maybe that’s how medicine is practiced in Macedonia. It’s not how it’s practiced here.

    Comment by A. Patient — January 3, 2014 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

    • Dear Unknown,
      I appreciate your comment on my response. I want you to tell me, based on drug history, tattoos, and prostitution history, how can you tell who the patient is, unless it is you or your attorney. As far as sweetie, it’s a common nick name, and how hard is to get someone’s number in US just google and you could dial or text to the president if you want. We don’t smoke cigars but e-cigarettes in my office no alcohol is served as well. I educate the patients how to quit substances and smoking as well. Thanks for your comment anyway, sadly your thinking is no different from the Board, and doubt the rest of the world will agree with it.

      Comment by LJUDMIL KLJUSEV — January 6, 2014 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  6. Perhaps my thinking is different than the average patient. I check on the status of all doctors before seeing them. The Dept of Health makes petitions public. There were complaints from two patients, L.S. and D.L. The petition stated L.S. became upset when she arrived at your office only to find you with a lit cigar in one hand and a beer in the other. You did not deny this but try to justify it by saying you had visitors who gifted you with these items. D.L the woman with a drug and prostitution history witnessed you take Provigil in front of her, and then you offered her one.
    It sounds like a party at your office. Drinks, pills, smokes, friendly text messages from the good doctor. How do I know who D.L. is? Well, besides your description of her someone named Larissa made her full name public on this site http://www.psychsearch.net/skirt-chaser-psychiatrist-ljudmil-kljusev-reprimanded-connecticut/

    Comment by A. Patient — January 7, 2014 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know either you nor Larissa, you could be her friend, relative, attorney or someone at DPH. I don’t smoke or take pills. I hade visitors that night they had non alcoholic beverages and e-cigars. LS claimed she was allergic to smoke and in records she was 2 pp/day smoker and alcoholic. She claimed she was scared she was going to be recorded and raped. She even brought a rape crisis assistant at DPH to make her story more believable. Later found that she only came as friend of DL to assist her in her pursuit for civil action against me i. e money hungry opportunist. If you are one of them then I welcome you for a free consultation.

      Comment by LJUDMIL KLJUSEV — January 7, 2014 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  7. After reading the above mentioned comments, I can firmly say that our dear country is going in the wrong direction. How can a doctor be ridiculed, belittled and mistreated as if he is a criminal? Why do doctors all around the United States have to arrive to work every single morning with fear that a patient will take away everything they have worked for, for the past 20 years? I question whether it is just, or morally correct to put a honest, tax paying, diligent doctor through so much psychological distress over something which very obviously never happened. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to live in the United States AND study college in Europe. I can reassure you that throughout my studies in Europe, I have seen doctors getting treated far better then any doctor I have witnessed in this great land of ours. Doctors throughout the world take great pride in what they do, yet our capitalistic community allows unemployed drug abusers to have more power and freedom then somebody who saves lives each and every single day. Doctor Kljusev is a loyal, loving psychiatrist who has saved my life while I was a patient of his. It is kind of clear when you see him for the first time that he is not from the USA. He is too humble, honest and trustworthy to be from here. He expects everybody to be as friendly, and loyal as he is, yet unfortunately sometimes he forgets that this country is infested with people who want to do more harm then good. I pray to God that this be a good learning lesson for all of us. It emphasizes the fact that we have to be more distant, isolated and unfriendly in our working environment, because if we get too “close” we could all have serious penalties. Now I understand why some doctors pay up to 100,000 dollars a year on Malpractice Insurance, and end up leaving behind there profession.

    Comment by A longtime patient — March 10, 2014 @ 11:28 am | Reply


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