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Florida Department of Health Needlessly Puts the Public at Risk

“To be the healthiest state in the nation”

That’s the stated ‘vision’ of the Florida Department of Health according to their website. Lofty and impressive goal.

The agency’s ‘mission’ (according to its website) is to “protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida.”  More nice words.

So how does that comport with the Department’s repeated and reckless delays in disciplining those healthcare providers who sexually assault patients and engage in other sexual misconduct.

An easy and effective way to promote public health is to quickly take away the tools that predators use to hurt others. The use of an emergency restriction Order is a remedy that is available while a full investigation into the misconduct is underway.  However, the Department of Health often fails to swiftly employ this tool.

What do police do when they first catch a criminal?  Snatch his or her gun or knife.

That is what we would expect the Department of Health to do as well: promptly take away whatever means sex offenders use to get close to and hurt their victims.

But that is not happening. Consider:

— Parkland pediatrician Michael Mizrachy was arrested on January 12 for having child sex images – after being investigated since June of last year.

Parkland Pediatrician Dr. Michael Mizrachy Arrested On Child Pornography Charges – CBS Miami (cbslocal.com)

He still has an active medical license in good standing.

FL DOH MQA Search Portal | License Verification For Practitioner Details (state.fl.us)

 

— Dr. Stewart Bitman was arrested on January 26 for reportedly sending sexually explicit pictures to a child.

Coral Springs Doctor Arrested For Allegedly Sending Sexually Explicit Photos To A Child

He still has a medical license in good standing  FL DOH MQA Search Portal | License Verification For Practitioner Details (state.fl.us)

 

— Mental health therapist Fernando Gautier was arrested for raping a 14 year old in November 2020.

South Florida Therapist Accused of Raping 14-Year-Old Patient – NBC 6 South Florida (nbcmiami.com)

He still has a active license in good standing.

https://mqa-internet.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthcareProviders/LicenseVerification?LicInd=15758&Procde=5207&org=%20

–Physical therapist Akepe Ntube was charged with felony sexual battery on a female patient in Lee County last July.

https://www.239mugshots.com/booking.php?id=LEE-925666

He still has an active license in good standing.

LicenseVerification?LicInd=10955&Procde=5502&org=%20

–Massage Envy massage therapist Jose Grajales was charged with battery on female client in Palm Beach County last September following an allegation he touched his client’s vagina without her consent during a massage appointment. He entered a ‘no contest’ plea and agreed to surrender his license more than a month ago.

Grajales Plea Deal

He still has an active massage license in good standing.

LicenseVerification?LicInd=95232&Procde=1401&org=%20

What does this slowness to suspend or revoke licenses of abusive health care professionals mean?

It means there is a hidden danger to the unsuspecting public.  These individuals are able to continue to practice medicine (or other healthcare practices) and command the trust of patients that are not aware of their criminal charges.  One might say — what does it matter —  These professionals typically lose their employment.  But what’s to stop them from gaining new employment, becoming self-employed, or venturing into environments like home health care, health care via apps, or telemedicine.  Not all of these criminal cases made headlines news. So, this is information the public needs to know.

The solution, which the Department eventually gets around to in most cases, is an Emergency Order by the DOH restricting these licenses, pending a final hearing.  But that takes far too long.  Sometimes many months.

“To be the healthiest state in the nation” is an admirable goal.

But if the Florida Department of Health is serious about their work, they’ll take an obvious, simple and should-be-quick move to warn the public about predators and make it harder for predators to get access to more victims.

Coral Springs Doctor Arrested After Sending Explicit Photos to a Minor

Dr. Stewart Bitman Arrested

After Sending Explicit Photos to a Minor

Stewart Bitman Horowitz Law

On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Dr. Stewart Bitman, a gastroenterologist of thirty years who has been affiliated with many hospitals in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, was arrested and criminally charged for allegedly sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a 13-year-old.  Dr. Stewart Bitman was booked at the Broward County Main Jail and faces three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor and one count of solicitation of a minor. Bitman has been licensed to practice medicine in Florida since 1990.  At a bond hearing on January 27, Dr. Bitman’s bond was set at $80,000 ($20,000 for each criminal charge) and he was ordered to have no contact with minors and prohibited from traveling outside of South Florida.  No emergency orders restricting his medical license have been entered yet by the Florida Department of Health. 

According to media reports, a joint investigation with Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detectives and Coral Springs Police Department began in April 2020. The investigation revealed that Bitman sent sexually explicit messages and photographs to an underage girl.  Detectives believe Bitman knew he was communicating with a minor, and while attempting to solicit victims, he portrayed himself as a teenage boy.

Officers reported that the texts revealed Bitman to be sitting at a desk/table in front of a computer with his drawstring shorts/pants and white underpants pulled down below his genitals. The text that is displayed across the picture says, “How many classes RU having each day?”

A SWAT team carried out a search of Bitman’s Parkland home on January 26, taking the doctor into custody and seizing multiple electronic devices for further analysis. Bitman had an office in Coral Springs (3001 Coral Hills Dr. Suite 250, Coral Springs, FL 33065) with Digestive CARE according to his state medical license. The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are working to identify any additional victims with whom Bitman may have communicated.

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual miscodnuct by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com