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Edmond doctor to stop practicing during investigation

Dr. Medhat Michael, owner of Best Care Medical Center in Edmond, is facing four counts of sexual battery. He has agreed to stop practicing medicine while criminal charges are pending.
BY DIANA BALDWIN dbaldwin@opubco.com Published: December 23, 2011
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— An Edmond doctor charged with four counts of sexual battery has agreed to stop practicing medicine until the state medical licensure board holds a hearing to consider whether to suspend his license.

Dr. Medhat Michael, 52, accepted the agreement Wednesday during an emergency hearing at the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, said Lyle Kelsey, executive director of the board.

Michael, of Oklahoma City, is the owner of Best Care Medical Center, 1265 E 33rd St.

Michael cannot practice medicine and must close his practice unless he hires another doctor to work there, Kelsey said.

Michael's case may be heard at the Jan. 12 licensure board meeting.

The doctor was arrested Dec. 2 after six women told police he had sexually assaulted and harassed them while working at his clinic.

Employees and former employees accused Michael of making inappropriate comments and kissing and touching them.

One victim told police Michael grabbed her breast and made a crude comment, according to a court affidavit.

At least one complaint was made about Michael as early as 2007.

Dr. Paul Orcutt, with Phoenix Physician Services at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, told police he fired Michael in 2007 after a female employee made a complaint about Michael making inappropriate comments to her, records show.

Michael is free from jail on $40,000 bail.

He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing conference Thursday on the criminal charges, but the hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 31 in Oklahoma County District Court.

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