A Holladay dermatologist, who had sex with a female patient after bandaging her wounds from a suicide attempt, faces disciplinary action against his license, a petition said.
A Feb. 13 hearing has been set for Dr. E. Barry Top-ham, accused by licensing regulators of unprofessional conduct.The petition issued by the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing said Topham treated the patient, identified as E.F., for acne from 1982 to 1989. In the course of treatment, Topham became aware of E.F.'s bout with depression, the petition said.
On May 25, 1989, the day after she attempted suicide by cutting her wrist, E.F. saw Topham for an acne treatment, bandaged her wounds and discussed her sucide attempt. He then had sex with E.F., the petition said.
Last July, the Salt Lake County Medical Society "formally censured" Topham for serious unprofessional conduct and in October placed him on probation, the petition said.