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KAISER BANS DOCTOR FROM SEEING PATIENTS UNDER 18

Originally Posted at: http://www.columbian.com/01032003/clark_co/349212.html
Friday, January 3, 2003 
By KEN OLSEN, Columbian staff writer 

A Kaiser Permanente family practice physician will assist with the company's patient advice telephone hot line for the duration of his probation with the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission. 

    Dr. Manuel Reymundo Galaviz also will assume some administrative duties through August, said James Farley, Kaiser area administrator for Clark County. 

    After that, "We anticipate he will return to his practice," at the Salmon Creek Medical office, Farley said. 

    There are, however, permanent changes planned. Galaviz won't see any patients younger than 18. He also will have a chaperone anytime he performs any sort of gynecological treatment of female patients, Farley said. 

    Galaviz is on vacation and could not be reached for comment, Kaiser officials said. 

    The longtime Kaiser physician pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse in Oregon in December 2001. The charge stemmed from an incident at a wedding in Yamhill County where Galaviz became intoxicated and "inappropriately touched" a teenager, according to court records. 

    The Washington medical commission ordered Galaviz to have a chaperone present anytime he treats female patients younger than 18 as a result of that trouble. 

    The doctor also must undergo treatment for alcohol abuse, according to medical commission officials. 

    The treatment, administered by the Washington Physicians Health Program, normally runs five years, medical commission officials said. 

    When the charge surfaced last August, as a result of disciplinary action by the Washington medical board, Galaviz called the incident a "brief circumstance that happened during a blackout." 

    Kaiser initially restricted Galaviz's medical practice to adults, then placed him on paid administrative leave. He returns to work Jan. 13. 

    The health care concern says it wants patients to know "we have given this a lot of consideration," Farley said. "This event did not involve Kaiser or patients in any way. But we felt it was important to be very thorough." 

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