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Disciplinary action ordered at the November 19, 2020 meeting of the Board
  • Board of Registration in Medicine

WakefieldAt its meeting on November 19, 2020, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine took disciplinary action against the medical license of Rolf Pfannl M.D.

In a Final Decision & Order, the Board indefinitely suspended the medical license of Dr. Rolf Pfannl after it found that Dr. Pfannl sexually harassed a resident when he was co-residency director; failed to report investigations by the Board and his employer on his license renewal application; and failed to respond to notices of a Board complaint in a complete and timely manner. Dr. Pfannl was licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts from March 2004 until August 2018 when he failed to renew his license.  He currently practices medicine in Paraguay.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine licenses more than 40,000 physicians, osteopaths and acupuncturists.  The Board was created in 1894 to protect the public health and safety by setting standards for the practice of medicine and ensuring that doctors who practice in the Commonwealth are appropriately qualified and competent. The Board investigates complaints and determines sanctions. More information is available at, or you may contact the Board at


Board of Registration in Medicine 

The Board of Registration in Medicine’s mission is to ensure that only qualified and competent physicians of good moral character are licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that those physicians and health care institutions in which they practice provide to their patients a high standard of care, and support an environment that maximizes the high quality of health care in Massachusetts.