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American Doctor Faces Lawsuit For Allegedly Touching Patients Inappropriately

A doctor whose license was suspended after seven women said he inappropriately touched them faces disciplinary charges in Maryland and a civil suit in Prince George’s County.

Bryan S. Williams was certified by the Maryland State Board of Physicians in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He was employed from 2010 to 2014 at Kaiser but was fired in 2014, after two women claimed he inappropriately touched them.

After a third woman complained to the Maryland board when its charging document was made public, four additional women came forward with similar stories.

Although their claims varied, the women alleged that Williams inappropriately touched them during examinations for treatment of lower back, hip or leg pain. The doctor touched their buttocks and genitals, some alleged.

One woman said Williams inappropriately touched her while her 5-year-old daughter was in the examination room. Another reported he had an erection during an examination. And another, a Kaiser administrative employee, told the Maryland board she was reluctant to come forward.

“You don’t want to say that about a doctor and tarnish his name,” the patient, who had previously submitted written compliments about the doctor and invited him to the wedding of her daughter — who was also treated by Williams — told the board. “ . . . I just figured it was me and my situation so I never just said anything.”

Williams denied some of the claims in writing.

“My standard examination includes palpation of the lumbar spine, but does not and has not included touching a patient’s ‘private area’ or the buttock,” he wrote in a letter about one claim to the board.

In a civil lawsuit against Williams and Kaiser filed in Prince George’s County, Linda D. Johnson, whose claims were similar to those of an unnamed patient heard by the Maryland board, said Kaiser had conducted an inadequate inquiry into her complaint.

“Kaiser conducted an ‘investigation’ in which it questioned the Plaintiff’s veracity and falsely and maliciously accused [her] of manufacturing a story,” Johnson’s lawsuit read. “ . . . Kaiser also suggested to [her] that she was emotionally upset due to her sister’s death” and not with Williams’s conduct.

Johnson’s counsel declined to comment. Williams’s counsel didn’t reply to a request for comment.

“The safety of our patients is our highest priority, and we have no tolerance for behavior that puts our patients at risk,” Kaiser wrote in an emailed statement. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and acted to terminate the physician in question and report him to the Maryland State Board of Physicians.”

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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