An Edmond doctor who was arrested on four complaints of sexual battery agreed Thursday to never practice medicine again in Oklahoma.
The doctor, Medhat S.F. Michael, was not present at Thursday’s state Medical Board meeting in Oklahoma City, when investigators announced Michael had agreed to relinquish his medical license and never reapply for that license in Oklahoma.
In late November 2011, Michael, 55, was arrested after six women claimed to police he had sexually assaulted and harassed them while they worked at his clinic.
He was released on $40,000 bail.
Both employees and former employees accused Michael of making inappropriate comments and kissing and touching them while working at the Best Care Medical Center, 1265 E 33rd Street.
Michael’s criminal case is pending in Oklahoma County District Court, with a jury trial scheduled March 24, court records show.
Medical board records show that 10 of Michael’s female patients and seven of his employees told board investigators that Michael had touched them, attempted to kiss them and said sexually explicit things to them while at his clinic, according to the board’s complaint. None of Michael’s behavior was consensual, according to the women’s testimonies in board documents.
Michael told The Oklahoman in late 2011 that the allegations are baseless and false.
“Anyone can make any allegation against anyone,” Michael said.
Under the agreement announced Thursday, Michael cannot practice medicine as a medical doctor in Oklahoma. However, that doesn’t stop him from moving elsewhere.
Before coming to Oklahoma, Michael worked at an urgent care clinic in Michigan. However, his medical license in Michigan, along with medical licenses he had in Texas, Indiana and Massachusetts, are expired, according to multiple state licensing boards’ online databases.
Former patients and employees as far back as 2008 came forward to report Michael’s actions to the medical board.
In mid-2008, Michael asked a female patient to come work for him, according to medical board records. A few days after the woman began working at Michael’s office, Michael began making sexual advances at her and kissed her, records show. She pushed him away, finished her shift and later told Michael she would no longer work for him because of the kiss, records show.
She’s the first patient listed in the medical board’s complaint against Michael. Medical board records show Michael’s behavior continued over the next few years.
In about November 2011, Michael asked a patient, who was taking anti-depressants, for graphic details about when she was raped as a child, records show.
Female employees told board investigators that Michael attempted to kiss them, barked at them, asked to see their breasts, groped their breasts, asked for sexually graphic details about their personal lives and would place $20 bills down their shirts, according to records.
Michael asked one of his female employees who worked for him in 2011 if she would stay after the clinic closed, board records showed. “She asked him why he wanted her to say. Defendant then offered to pay her for sex and told her he ‘only wanted to touch’ her,” according to board records.
Another female employee told board investigators that Michael said he and another patient could “gang up” on her, board records show.
In their conversations with board investigators, many of the female employees said they told Michael his behavior was inappropriate and unwanted.
Lyle Kelsey, medical board executive director, said Michael’s case was one of the worst he had seen.
Kelsey said it can be hard to get patients to come forward to discuss sexual misconduct of their doctor.
“First of all, patients don’t want to believe it really happened, that with the doctor they entrusted with their body, something doesn’t happen like that,” Kelsey said. “I think they’re hesitant, they’re embarrassed, and getting into personal information, they’re afraid to talk about it.”
Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer