Women who reported they were sexually abused by a cardiologist in Weatherford said they feel betrayed after the Texas Medical Board gave him a “slap on the hand” in terms of discipline.
Dennis Doan has been accused of sexually assaulting or harassing at least 24 women over a five-year period at the Heart Center of North Texas. The Texas Medical Board determined Doan engaged in a pattern of “unprofessional sexual misconduct” with patients by groping, touching or massaging their breasts. On June 11, the board handed down its discipline for Doan’s actions — two years of probation.
The terms of Doan’s probation prohibit him from practicing on or seeing female patients, although he can consult on cases, review records and interpret medical tests.
“The Medical Board chose to protect one of their own over sending a message to doctors that you cannot do this,” said Jan Williams, one of the four women who filed criminal charges against Doan. “But they chose their own. I think their message says to doctors, ‘Hey, we can do this in the future. We’re just going to get our hands slapped.’”
The Texas Medical Board did not respond to requests to comment.
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SOURCE: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kaley Johnson