The State Medical Board of Ohio is considering taking action against the license of a pediatric gastroenterologist in Dayton who the board cited for allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct with two teenage girls.
Dr. Arun Aggarwal, 39, a native of India, was accused of touching the breasts of two of his female patients at Dayton Children’s Hospital without medical justification, according to a citation issued by the state medical board in May.
The Ohio medical board held a hearing on the Aggrawal case last month. A date is not yet set on when the board will vote on whether to take action against his license.
Aggarwal denied inappropriately touching the girls and sued Wright State University for breach of contract after the school terminated him in September 2015. Aggarwal was employed by WSU’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and his clinical practice was at Children’s.
“The allegations just aren’t credible,” said attorney James Fleisher, who is representing Aggarwal in his federal lawsuit.
He is seeking monetary damages and protection against possible deportation.
The state medical board’s citation alleges Aggarwal engaged in “sexual misconduct” in December 2013 when he touched the breasts of a patient, who was a minor at the time, without appropriate clinical justification and without a chaperone present.
Then in August 2014 and November 2014, the board alleges, he touched another patient’s breasts without clinical justification and didn’t employ proper procedures to respect the patient’s privacy.
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Aggarwal’s lawsuit counters these allegations.
“Dayton Children’s Hospital convened an independent panel of practitioners to investigate the patient complaint (and) the panel found that Dr. Aggarwal’s examination of the patient was medically appropriate,” the lawsuit says. “Ultimately, however, the aforementioned allegations led to an investigation by local law enforcement.”
Aggarwal was not charged criminally.
Aggarwal was placed on administrative leave and then lost privileges at the hospital, which led WSU to terminate him, according to his complaint. He claims he was deprived due process.
Aggarwal had worked as faculty at the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine and as a doctor with Wright State Physicians since 2011, his lawsuit says. Wright State paid him $160,094 in 2015, according to the I-Team payroll project.
In January the medical board revoked the license of another Dayton Children’s Hospital doctor who didn’t disclose disciplinary action taken against him while he applied for his Ohio medical licenses.
Calls were placed to Children’s Hospital and WSU seeking comment. This story will be updated with their responses.
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