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Astoria doctor reprimanded by state Medical Board

Penalty involved property transaction with patient
By Edward Stratton

The Daily Astorian

Published on May 15, 2018 8:01PM

Last changed on May 16, 2018 11:11AM

Dr. Sangkun Park, a local physician for more than 20 years, was reprimanded by the state Medical Board for unprofessional conduct after entering into a property transaction with a patient.

The Medical Board in April fined Park $10,000, required him to take courses on professionalism and ethics, and barred him from entering business contracts with current and recent patients and their immediate families.

A complaint was filed alleging unprofessional conduct by Park in 2015 with a patient suffering from depression after the death of his wife. After physically examining the patient and requesting further testing, Park signed an agreement to buy the patient’s house, according to a stipulated order signed by Park and the Medical Board. The patient’s daughter later expressed concerns about his possible dementia, lack of energy, mood swings and anxiety attacks, the order said.

Park “states that he never wrote a payment check to Patient A and asserts that he had no genuine interest in purchasing the property — that he only signed the agreement to give Patient A peace of mind,” the order said.

But the Medical Board faulted Park for failing to recognize a conflict of interest and violating his position of trust by “entering into a financial transaction with an elderly, emotionally distraught patient suffering from depression and possibly early stage dementia.”

Park could not immediately be reached for comment.


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