PATERSON, N.J. -- A Paterson internist who authorities said "subjected female staff and patients to unwanted groping and sexual comments" agreed to a temporary suspension of his medical license.
Dr. Alex Sarkodie agreed to the temporary license suspension shortly after state authorities filed a complaint with the Board of Medical Examiners alleging "gross or repeated malpractice and professional misconduct that turned his patients and staff into victims of sexual abuse," acting New Jersey Attorney General Robert Lougy.
“Patients who turn to their doctors for medical care deserve to be treated with respect and professionalism, not subjected to degrading assaults by sexual predators hiding behind their medical degrees,” Lougy said.
Sarkodie "engaged in an escalating pattern of sexual misconduct that included removing a 29-year-old patient’s breast from her clothing and licking it during an physical examination, inappropriately touching a medical assistant’s breast under her bra during a physical examination, slapping another female employee on the buttocks and otherwise inappropriately touching her, and making lewd and inappropriate sexual comments to two female patients and several staff members," the attorney general said.
Under the terms of an Interim Consent Order, Sarkodie is barred from engaging in the practice of medicine and is to surrender his original license and current biennial registration to the State until further order of the BME.
He is scheduled to appear before the BME on July 13 to answer the charges.
This investigation was conducted by the Enforcement Bureau of the state Division of Consumer Affairs. Bindi Merchant from the Division of Law is representing the state.
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