Belfast physician surrenders medical license

Dec 17, 2012
Source: Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine

Belfast — A Belfast physician surrendered her license following a consent agreement she signed with the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine because of concerns that she will perform services that could endanger the health and safety of patients.

Myra Altman signed a consent agreement Dec. 11, which included surrendering her license to the state. As a result, Altman can no longer practice medicine in Maine.

In January 2012, Altman’s clinical privileges were suspended for “failure to provide coverage for patients.”  Altman refuted that claim, stating that she was hospitalized in May 2011 and unable to return to work for four months. However, she said she was in contact with covering physicians during that time.

The board then received information in October 2012 that Altman was re-hospitalized for overdosing on prescription medication for a second time in 18 months.

Altman was board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, which relates to the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. According to an online profile, Altman was affiliated with Waldo County General Hospital.

Comments (1)
Posted by: caralee barrett | Dec 19, 2012 09:44

Dr. Altman is one of the most compassionate, professionals I have ever encountered. She was my personal physician for years prior to moving away and I have yet to find anyone who cared for patients needs more than she does. Hopeful her ability to care for her patients will be reinstated soon.

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