On July 15, 2020, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Dr. Saeed A. Khan’s medical license following allegations of sexual assault in his office located at 2257 Highway 441 North in Okeechobee, Florida. Dr. Khan, an Internal Medicine specialist, was first licensed in Florida in March 1999.
According to the FLDOH, in February 2020, a 54-year-old woman scheduled an appointment with Dr. Khan to discuss an upcoming surgery. She had been his patient since April 2005, and they developed a cordial rapport. Upon her arrival to his office, Dr. Khan told his staff members to leave them alone. After the consultation, Dr. Khan asked her to scratch his back. She did and then said she had to go.
As Dr. Khan followed her to the door, he pulled down one side of her shirt and bra, and sucked on her breast. He then pulled down the other side and sucked on her other breast. On May 4, 2020 the woman reported the incident to a deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. A few weeks later, Dr. Khan admitted the assault and was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.
News reports of the sexual misconduct allegations against Dr. Khan prompted ten other patients to speak out regarding similar incidents with Dr. Khan being inappropriate with them during office visits.
According to the order, the FLDOH deemed Dr. Khan’s misconduct as a blatant violation of his patient. The move to restrict his medical license was swift as he poses a “serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida.”
It’s rarely fun going to a doctor, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any employee, including a doctor, to touch a patient in any sexual manner.
Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care. Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.