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Dr. Kenneth A. Larsen

Wrong Dr. Kenneth A. Larsen?

Clinical Psychologist

Phone: (781) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Boston , Massachusetts , United States
Pro Sports Therapy , Inc.
840 Winter Street
Waltham , Massachusetts 02451
United States

Company Description: Pro Sports Therapy, Inc. is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of physical therapy/rehabilitation services, wellness programs and athletic...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Ph.D.
  • doctoral degree , Psychology and Ministry
    New York University
27 Total References
Web References
Workshop & Symposium Details: APM 2012 Annual Meeting
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Kenneth Larsen, MD, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
Fascinating Documents
www.abusedatthebaptist.com [cached]
On advice of a friend, I consulted with Dr. Larsen, the hospital's chaplain.
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Our belief about this was confirmed by the hospital's chaplain, Dr. Kenneth Larsen, who reported to us that "No one wants to do your surgery, because you were scheduled for surgery with Dr. Karlson... and you stood him up."
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This is a list of the people at the Baptist who knew I was being discharged from the hospital without surgery, as a result of refusing to let Dr. Karlson operate on me, and who made no efforts at all to see to it that I got appropriate medical care: Dr. Frederick Basilico, the second abusive attending physician; Dr. Lampros Minos, * one of Dr. Karlson's assistant surgeons; the case manager; the "patient advocate" and her staff; Dr. Kenneth Larsen, the hospital's chaplain; the nursing staff.
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Follow this link to read the complaints I sent in to the various boards about Dr. Basilico and Rev. Larsen.
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I think the one about Rev. Larsen is particularly relevant and interesting.
Abused at the Baptist: The Players and Their Acts
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Rev. Ken Larsen Chaplain and psychologist at NEBH. I asked for a consultation with him when things fell apart with my medical care over the weekend. Not only did he not help me, but he also gloatingly told me off, blamed me for the abuse I was experiencing, and slandered me in his "consultation notes". I have since discovered that he was financially connected to the physicians of ProSports Orthopedics. His symbol is a Roach Motel, and not just because he treated me as if I was a bug, but also because "Patients check in, but they don't check out. . . ."
Abused at the New England Baptist Orthopedic Hospital: A Chronology - Monday
www.abusedatthebaptist.com [cached]
The previous day, on advice of my therapist, I had requested a consultation with Rev. Ken Larsen, the hospital’s Chaplain and psychologist. I had been told that Rev. Larsen had worked at the Baptist for a long time, knew everybody, and might be able to help me with the problem of finding an elbow surgeon. He arrived around lunch-time, listened to my story, and then caustically criticized my tone of voice (after the morning I had spent, I was squeaking with fear and distress while I begged him to help me.) He told us that he would look into it, and the first person he’s going to speak to is Dr. Basilico; then he leaves. Considering how critical and unhelpful he was, I didn’t feel reassured.
And with good reason. Rev. Larsen admitted in his medical malpractice lawsuit deposition that he left my room and immediately began slandering me to the staff and specifically the case managers. He told them that I was complaining that I "hadn’t seen any doctors.
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Rev. Larsen chose, that day, to take these two very legitimate concerns, (no elbow surgeon, no contact from Dr. Basilico) and twist them around, and use them to slander me to the staff, including both the nurses and the case managers.
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For more information on why Rev. Larsen may have misquoted me and slandered me, see the Iron Triangle page.
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Rev. Larsen returned to my room soon after with a much different demeanor than when he left. His fake-friendly facade had disappeared. Without preamble, he gloatingly announced to me that, "no one at the Baptist will do your elbow surgery because you were scheduled for surgery with Dr. Karlson Sunday at 9a.m. and you stood him up.
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After all, we had refused to let him operate on me at the very first moment we could, and a full 24 hours before my apparent "scheduled" surgery time. (Though this had never been mentioned to me or my husband before.) Rev. Larsen (see The Iron Triangle) did not stick around long enough to ask us whether the rumor he had heard and repeated to us was the truth. He simply swept out of the room and began, we discovered later, describing in his account two conversations we never had. I was so hysterical with fear at this juncture that my husband went out to get a ginger ale for me and saw Rev. Larsen busily writing notes at a desk. The Reverend stopped what he was doing long enough to berate my husband further about his and my "misconduct", then went back to writing.
We were so upset by this turn of events we called the nurses in to tell them what had happened and ask them what we should do. Their response when I told them what Rev. Larsen had said was amazing. They told us to try not to worry about it, because Rev. Larsen was, "well-known by the staff as a complete asshole."
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We had just heard from Rev. Larsen that "no one at the Baptist" will be willing to do my surgery, and we have now found out that the one guy outside the Baptist who was willing to help me has suddenly changed his mind.
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I had begged Rev. Larsen for help and he had done nothing, and blamed me as well.
Our urgency about these calls was ...
www.abusedatthebaptist.com [cached]
Our urgency about these calls was spurred on by a return visit from Dr. Larsen, who informed us that, in answer to our query about why I could not seem to find a surgeon at the Baptist, the problem was this: "No one wants to do your surgery because you were scheduled for surgery with Dr. Karlson Sunday morning at 9AM and you stood him up.
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•Dr. Basilico had spoken to the chaplain, Dr. Larsen, and was well aware that I only ended up as his patient because I was on the run from a previous abusive physician.
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This is an edited version of the complaint I made about Rev. Larsen to the American Psychological Association.
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That's when the trouble at the Baptist began, and it is, I believe, the genesis for the abuse and terrorization I later experienced, and which was aided and abetted by Dr. Kenneth Larsen.
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On advice of my therapist, we consulted with Dr. Larsen on August 31st, whom she knew from an inter-hospital working group. She felt that Dr. Larsen would be tuned into the gossip network at the hospital and might be able to find out what was actually going on. Was this simply a scheduling problem, or was something more unsavory going on? We requested a meeting with Dr. Larsen, laid out the situation to him, and asked for his help. In less than half a day, Dr. Larsen stalked into my room, very much changed in demeanor from his previous attitude, and, without preamble, gave us the answer: No one wanted to do my surgery because, "You were scheduled for surgery with Dr. Karlson at 9 AM on Sunday morning, and you stood him up.
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When we protested to Dr. Larsen that I had never been scheduled for surgery with Dr. Karlson at all, he simply puffed himself up even more, gave us a nasty look, and stalked out of the room.
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This was the last time Dr. Larsen ever spoke to either of us.
My complaint about Dr. Larsen's unethical conduct stems not only from his behavior that day, but also from his subsequent actions. But let's examine the ethics of only what had happened so far. I am not as facile verbally as I used to be before the accident, so I'll try to point up the ethical violations first, then link them to the APA code of ethics at the end. Here goes...
Dr. Larsen's position at the hospital is as both Chaplain and Chief of Psychological Services*. The consultation I requested with him was psychological in nature. As such, he was acting as my therapist, even for only a short time. My husband and I had requested his help, assistance and advice about a serious problem we were having with obtaining urgently-needed medical services.
Once appraised of our situation, Dr. Larsen investigated it. The results of his investigation were very clear: our suspicions were correct; we were being discriminated against because I had refused to let an abusive and underqualified physician operate on me. At this point, my husband and I expected to get advice, assistance, help, or at least sympathy from Dr. Larsen about our plight. Instead, Dr. Larsen simply stalked out of my hospital room, leaving us bewildered and terrified.
The fact that I would not be able to obtain my needed surgery at the Baptist was simply terrible news. Without an elbow reconstruction, I was looking at a permanent disability that would leave me unable to work at my chosen profession. Yet Dr. Larsen didn't seem concerned about this at all. If I had been a basketball player whom he had just told that his elbow injuries would make it impossible for him to ever play basketball again, would Dr. Larsen have swept from the room, leaving him alone to cope with his distress?**
Having dropped his little bombshell, Dr. Larsen simply left my room, never to return or speak to either of us again. He did not provide me with any help, assistance, advice, or counseling of any kind. As an officer of the hospital, as well as a licensed psychologist, Dr. Larsen had it within his power to assist us or at least attempt to ameliorate the harm we were experiencing in a variety of ways.
He could have:
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But Dr. Larsen's unethical behavior goes past failing to help us. By repeating the innuendo that I had stood up Dr. Karlson without checking to see that it was accurate, Dr. Larsen assigned blame to me as a way of justifying the abusive treatment I was receiving.
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As a trained psychologist, Dr. Larsen should have recognized the pattern he was seeing: batter or abuse a woman, then blame her behavior as a justification for your own abusive actions. This is what Dr. Karlson had done, and Dr. Larsen bought into it.
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When Dr. Larsen repeated this story to me without assessing its veracity, then blamed me and refused to help me himself, he participated in a fresh cycle of the same abuse pattern. It's bad enough that he failed to recognize it in another doctor and put a stop to it: it's outrageous that he was willing to do this himself.
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But Dr. Larsen's ethical violations didn't stop there.
When I obtained a copy of my written patient record from the Baptist, I discovered that Dr. Larsen had fabricated a report of a counseling session related to this incident that never took place. I have enclosed a copy. The content of the counseling session that he fabricated was one that would have made it harder for me to obtain the medical care I needed at the time, not easier.
The overall impression left by Dr. Larsen's text is that nothing unusual had been happening, and that the staff of the Baptist was making every effort to work with a problem patient. Please note that I was a patient at three other hospitals during the course of my treatment and had problems at none of the them.
Given that I was bed-ridden at the time, catheterized, on oxygen, and was unable to survive outside of a hospital environment, Dr. Larsen's actions are similar ethically to those of a jailer who forges a prisoner's signature on a confession that he himself has typed up.
As an additional ethical violation, I have discovered as part of the process of complaining about the care and treatment I received at the Baptist that Dr. Larsen is now denying that he tipped us off about why I couldn't get the surgery I needed.
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Given that Dr. Larsen was willing to fabricate a counseling session that never took place and record it in my official medical record, I suppose I should not be surprised that he is now denying that he told us about the discrimination I was experiencing.
In addition, I should let you all know that when I called Dr. Larsen's office at the hospital, and also the personnel department, they refused to give out Dr. Larsen's Massachusetts Psychology License number, which I need to file a complaint against him with the Massachusetts Division of Registration of Psychologists.
It seems to me that, at the very least, Dr. Larsen's interests have become much too entrained with those of the corporation that employs him for him to function effectively as a psychologist at the Baptist. I have suffered irreversible psychological and emotional harm from the betrayal of trust and unethical conduct of Dr. Larsen.
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* Based on what we had heard from the hospital staff, we thought that Rev. Larsen was higher up in the NEBH organization than he actually is.
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This is a follow-up letter I eventually sent to the APA about Rev. Larsen’s connection with ProSports (see The Iron Triangle)
September 17th, 1999
Dear :
This is a follow-up letter to the ethics complaint I filed against Dr. Kenneth Larsen of Boston, Massachusetts, dated May fourth. I have acquired some new information about Dr. Larsen that may serve to illuminate his conduct while he was counseling me as an inpatient at the New England Baptist Hospital.
It turns out that Dr. Larsen has a lucrative referral relationship with the doctors at ProSports Orthopedics -- the medical practice which employs Dr. James Karlson, the abusive attending physician noted in my original complaint. Doctors at ProSports Orthopedics refer their patients who may be experiencing difficulties with their orthopedic injuries to Dr. Larsen for counseling in "sports psychology."
Now, I am not an expert in medical or psychological ethics, but this business relationship raises certain questions for me:
1. Is the administration of the Baptist aware of Dr. Larsen's advantageous financial relationship with the doctors at ProSports Orthopedics?
2. Does Dr. Larsen make overt to the inpatients at the Baptist whom he counsels his advantageous financial relationship with the doctors at ProSports Orthopedics?
He certainly did not mention it to me or my husband.
If I had know about the way Dr. Larsen is financially enmeshed with the doctors at ProSports I would never have entrusted him with the story of the abuse I encountered from Dr. Karlson.
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