The level of physical contact that a patient and his doctor have during
a medical appointment can greatly vary. While some medical professionals
only need to speak with their patients to discover ailments, others must
undertake invasive, hands-on examinations to understand their patients'
conditions. A patient may always discuss his concerns with his doctor
if he is uncomfortable with an examination or treatment technique.
A New Jersey cardiologist is facing charges from two patients who claim
his physical examinations involved inappropriate touching. The female
patients allege that the male doctor fondled them during medical appointments.
One of the woman claims that the touching occurred during a single appointment.
The other claims she was fondled during multiple visits. The doctor is
now facing criminal sexual contact charges for the allegations.
sex crimes are very serious on many levels. A conviction on sex crimes can cause
a person to lose significant rights and can cause a great deal of damage
to his or her reputation. In this case, the doctor in question is a long-time
New Jersey physician with an extensive history of pioneering cardiac treatments
for the benefit of patients with heart problems. If they turned out to
be false accusations the charges could still do damage to his medical
practice, cause him to lose his license temporarily and ultimately harm
the individuals who require his medical care.
The court will have to evaluate if this doctor is innocent or guilty of
the charges brought against him. As he prepare for trial, this doctor
may see his professional life dissolve as patients and acquaintances select
against using his services. Sex crimes carry with them a heavy stigma
that often lingers even when an acquittal is achieved.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "Hawthorne cardiologist accused of fondling patients," Barbara Williams, April 24, 2014