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A general practitioner was recently suspended for 18 months for making sexual advances to a patient while giving her a pelvic exam. After her appointment, Dr. Deepakkumar Vallabbai Patidar called the patient and asked her a second time for a date.

According to the annual report filed by the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, the patient's vaginal exam "did not meet the requisite standard of care and...was reasonably perceived as sexualized by the patient."

Patidar's suspension began June 30 and will end December 30, 2008. When he returns to practice, he cannot conduct pelvic or vaginal examinations and will have a chaperone present when he sees female patients who are required to undress. He will also be subject to counseling and monitoring.

Another GP named Tim Kom Wou also admitted he was guilty of "infamous and unprofessional conduct in exposing himself to two patients during physical examinations in 2004." He ended his practice and had his name erased from the register two years later.

And in 2006, Dr. James Norman Melling admitted his guilt in "engaging in a personal and sexual relationship with a patient and by continuing to prescribe narcotics and make referrals during that relationship," the report said.

The most recent incident involved Dr. Kevin Brown who was remanded in custody after facing 19 felony counts, including a lewd act on a 15-year-old, rape, sexual battery by fraud and sexual exploitation in court yesterday. At least one of the incidents occurred outside of Brown's medical office when he went to the home of a female patient and raped her. The Los Angeles Superior Court was also told seven more alleged victims of Brown's have come forward. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in state prison.

Last year, the BC College of Physicians noted 28 sexual misconduct allegations of 24 different doctors. The college took action against nine doctors, and five of them were suspended.

What is inappropriate? Sometimes the boundaries aren't so clear. Click HERE for clues for whether your doctor is crossing the line.

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Anonymous July 23, 2008, 9:51 PM

The first time I went for a vaginal exam I was 13 years old and I ended up with a pervert doctor. He tried to do the breast exam with his mouth and I punched him in the nose so hard it blacked both his eyes. At the time I was in foster care and a really bad kid so no one believed me. He is the only sicko doctor I have come across though and that was a very long time ago.

Lourdes July 24, 2008, 12:18 PM

What happend to him? You were so young! That’s just plain sick! Men like that don’t deserve to live!

Anonymous July 24, 2008, 4:19 PM

I am not sure what happened to him. He must have been pushing 60 then. I don’t even remember his name. My sister who was also in foster care was 15 and he made a move on her too we were both fighters by then and apparently he did not want girls who fought back so he left her alone after she fought him off too. To me at the time it was just one more sicko in my life that I had to deal with. I was not innocent even at 13 so what he tried was mild compared to some of the stuff that had already happened to me so I guess I just sort of put it in the back of my mind. None of the adults in our lives believed me and I asked for and recieved a different doctor the next time, probably because he did not want to see me again after that anyway. Sadly I imagine he probably kept molesting or trying to molest kids I guess. Most of his patients were foster kids like me who probably had no defense except to indure or fight back and get in trouble like I did. I am over 40 now so I am pretty sure he is either dead or retired by now. After I became an adult and had time to deal with all the garbage I had gone through I went back and confronted several of the sickos in my life but he was not one of them because I could not remember his name or even location because I had been moved around so much it was hard to keep track. But I believe in my heart that people like him will always pay body and soul for the evil they do.

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