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Raleigh surgeon could lose license

Posted June 4, 2008

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— A Raleigh doctor suspected of crimes in South Carolina has had his license suspended by the North Carolina Medical Board.

Werner Scott Haddon, a surgeon at Pegasus Surgical practice, 1322 Pineview Drive, faces a hearing on claims that his recent arrest constituted "unprofessional conduct."

In a summary of Haddon's case, the board wrote, "Dr. Haddon was arrested on May 21, 2008. It is anticipated that Dr. Haddon will be charged by law enforcement officials with multiple counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and one count each of kidnapping and burglary."

According to police records, Haddon held his son, Nicholas, 11, hostage and exchanged gunfire with Orangeburg, S.C., police May 21 as part of an on-going custody battle.

Haddon, while licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina, was disciplined in that state when law enforcement officers there found "there was a high risk that Dr. Haddon would engage in violent or dangerous behavior" in 2004 . He did not lose his license at that time.

Haddon will have the chance to defend himself and his license in a hearing Oct. 22.


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  • christinathefern Jun 5, 2008

    Also, unprofessional conduct can cause you to loose your medical license. The rationale is one's behavior can make the whole profession look bad in the eyes of the public (look at the SHP thing). We need to be able to trust our physicians. Nurses also can loose thier licenses for unprofessional conduct. I knew a nurse that got a DUI in Nebraska, NC pulled her license here. She was on vacation, wasn't on duty anywhere, and only was .01 over the legal limit there...but, she has a dui charge, thus giving a negative image to nursing. If the public wasn't so quick to apply the misconduct of one individual member of a class to that entire class, then the licensing boards wouldn't have to be so strict. It's all a matter of protecting members of the profession from being convicted guilty by association from the public.

  • Pharmboy Jun 5, 2008

    I agree that a serial killer can still be a good neighbor (analogy). But a soldier in Iraq is under different circumstances. He is not "breaking the law." The doctor can be a great surgeon, but terrible person/father. America idolizes this image such as the show "House," about an addict who is fictitiously good at solving medical problems. In reality, his actions are from how he viewed an intense circumstance and took the wrong path, he is only human. This may or may not lead to affecting his surgeries, but would you be willing to gamble and put a family member under his scalpel, after the doctor had a bad custody battle/divorce? We have too many good alternative surgeons in the area with UNC, Duke, and Wake Forest that allows us to be picky-choosy.

  • Tawny Jun 4, 2008

    Cleanup: Each of the "very different" circumstances you describe have a "common denominator". It's called "stress". People that have a pattern of violent or impulsive behaviors are more likely to repeat those same behaviors when faced with future "stressful" circumstances unless they've been taught therapeutic strategies to make different (more positive) choices.
    Yes....it is possible that a soldier who is now a doctor could behave in such a manner unless he's received appropriate interventive measures, i.e, treatment for PTSD if needed, cognitive behavioral therapy if needed. There are many variables involved, and interventions and strategies are individualized.

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jun 4, 2008

    You people are on a very dangerous slippery slope, arguing that violence or misconduct in one situation proves high risk of violence or misconduct in a business situation.

    By the same logic, let's say that a soldier killed citizens in Iraq, and is now a doctor. By your logic, he would be considered a threat to his patients because he had previously behaved violently.

    I'm not saying what he did was right, but clearly you must judge a person's behavior under the circumstances in which it occurs, and not assume the same actions would occur in a totally different environment.

  • Pharmboy Jun 4, 2008

    Do you really think that shooting at police and holding a hostage is not going to put you in jail? The doctor is probably out on bond, and formal hearing/court date is being set. So, even though he is not guilty of a crime yet, his suspension of practice is not a punishment, it is protection of patients and medicine. There is a clear difference between punishment and loss of privilege, even though both may lead to a similar feeling.

  • Adelinthe Jun 4, 2008

    If he cared that little about his young son, his patients have little chance their welfare will be his top concern.

    Toss him in prison and throw the key away for long enough for his son to grow up in peaceful surroundings.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Mr. T Jun 4, 2008

    1322 Pineview Drive is his residence not Pegasus Surgical. Please correct this.

  • Glass Half Full Jun 4, 2008

    WOW! I went and read the articles on him from the local newspaper in SC. I imagine the fellow's going to prison for quite a while. He went WAY TOO FAR! Exchanging gunfire with the police, holding his son hostage and as a shield. That's not love - he was using his son as ammo against the x-wife.

  • iron fist Jun 4, 2008

    It is anticipated that Dr. Haddon will be charged by law enforcement officials with multiple counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and one count each of kidnapping and burglary."
    He hasn't even been charged!! Not yet anyway. How can you punish someone for a crime they haven't been charged with.

  • Mom of two Jun 4, 2008

    what is there to defend?