Board accuses Fresno doctor of negligence
The California Medical Board has accused a Fresno doctor of gross negligence for allegedly inappropriately touching the breasts and pubic area of female patients.
The board said Dr. Brent Alan Wilson departed from standard medical practice for his treatment of two patients at Saint Agnes Medical Center in 2009 and a patient at Golden Living Center — Clovis in 2011.
Wilson did not return calls left at his home and at Functional Integrated Therapy in Fresno, which the board listed as his working address.
His attorney, Robert Wilkinson of Fresno, said Wilson has been falsely accused.
Wilkinson said he was unable to go into detail about the accusations because of patient privacy. But “we expect that Dr. Wilson will win at the medical board hearing,” he said.
Wilson no longer works at Saint Agnes, said hospital spokeswoman Kelley Sanchez. He worked in the hospital’s emergency room for less than five years, she said. Sanchez declined to say when Wilson left the job.
Lucille Epperson, executive director of the Golden Living Center nursing home, said she had no knowledge of an alleged incident involving Wilson and had no other comment.
Wilson has not had a hearing or been found guilty of any charges.
A medical board accusation is a formal charge of wrongdoing.
The accusation is based on an investigated complaint that has been referred to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution of the medical board charges.
According to the board’s accusation, a patient identified only as “J.V.C.” was brought to Saint Agnes by ambulance in November 2009 complaining of an altered mental state and pain in her right flank area. She was eventually discharged with a diagnosis of urinary tract infection.
The board alleges that Wilson did not use a stethoscope or gloves, checked the woman’s lower stomach with an ungloved hand and touched her breasts with an open hand. He was alone with the patient for the examination, the board said.
The breast examination was medically unnecessary and undocumented, and the patient had not consented to it, the board said.
In the second case, the board said patient “B.S.” was brought to Saint Agnes by ambulance in July 2009 complaining of severe abdominal pain. While checking her with a stethoscope, he groped the patient’s breasts with an open hand, the board said. During an abdominal examination when Wilson initially was alone with the patient, he put his hand under her gown and rubbed over her pubic area, the board alleges.
Examinations of breasts and genitalia of female patients are to be done in the presence of a chaperone, the board said. Touching the patient’s breasts without consent or a chaperone and without medical necessity departed from standard medical practice, the board said.
In the case of resident “L.B” at Golden Living Center, the board said that during an abdominal examination, Wilson touched her pubic area.
The board said the examination was done without gloves and was unchaperoned.
Wilson received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., in 2002, according to the California Medical Board. He received his medical license in 2003.
He listed himself as a primary-care physician with a secondary practice in geriatrics and as board certified in emergency medicine.
By Barbara Anderson