2 patients claim College Park doctor touched them inappropriately

A rheumatologist in College Park has given up his medical license after allegations surfaced that he touched female patients inappropriately.

ORLANDO, Fla. — A rheumatologist in College Park has given up his medical license after allegations surfaced that he touched female patients inappropriately.

The patients were examined by Dr. Gopal Basisht years ago, but one of the patients told police she was too scared to come forward.

“I relinquished the license. I don’t want to practice,” said Basisht.

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Basisht gave up his license voluntarily after allegations of groping and sexual battery surfaced.

Two female patients claimed he touched them inappropriately.

A police report said, “She felt bad as he touched her, but she didn’t say anything as she was scared.”

Both victims went to see Basisht, because they had back pain.

They said the doctor touched their vaginas underneath their underwear.

“It’s normal procedure to put your hand down the front of somebody’s underwear to examine for back pain?” asked Channel 9 reporter Jeff Deal.

“Yes, the groin area is to be examined, because the hip joint is there,” said Basisht.

Deal found other complaints online about the doctor that mentioned “inappropriate touching” and “he was very touchy.”

But he denies any wrongdoing.

Basisht said it is part of his examination process when he checks for inflammation.

“I practiced for 50 years, and nothing has happened like this before,” Basisht said.

Even though the State Attorney’s Office didn’t feel there was enough evidence to pursue criminal charges, the state surgeon general was recommending punishment, which included permanently revoking Basisht’s license before he gave it up.