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Pediatrician is put on probation

October 10, 2008|From the Associated Press

The state Medical Board has put an Orange County pediatrician on probation for choking his psychiatrist.

In an order that took effect Wednesday, the board ordered seven years' probation for Dr. Brendan Mull, a pediatric neurologist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.

During that period, he must receive psychotherapy, submit to drug tests and abstain from drinking alcohol, along with several other provisions.

In October 2007, Mull's wife had asked the female psychiatrist identified only by her initials to give Mull an emergency evaluation because she feared he was suicidal, according to board documents.

The psychiatrist told Mull he should consider hospitalization, causing him to become verbally abusive, then run out the door and into the hall. The psychiatrist followed and was attacked, the documents state.

Mull admitted to the accuracy of the charges and agreed to the terms of his probation, according to the Medical Board's order.

Mull, who lives in Anaheim Hills, was hospitalized after the incident.

He had been licensed by the state since 2001.

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