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In settlement, doctor barred from seeing female patients

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A FOX 13 investigation revealed how a Tampa doctor crossed the line with a female patient during an exam.

Dr.Tulsibhai Pipalia admits he sexually propositioned her during an exam back in 2010 and then exposed himself.

His behavior outraged some members of the Florida Board of Medicine, But in the end, the Health Department stopped short of taking his license under a settlement agreement.

"I think all the board members past and present would have advocated for revocation," said Donald Mullins who served on the board from 2008 until 2013.

Mullins was appointed as a consumer member and heard Dr. Pipalia's case several years ago.

"I asked myself the same question every time I had a sexual misconduct case. Would I allow my wife or daughters to be a patient, and the answer is no."

That feeling was shared by most members on the current board. That's why under the terms of the settlement, Dr. Pipalia was banned from treating female patients.

He also must pay a $15,000 fine as well as more than $14,000 to reimburse the state for the cost of the investigation.

The doctor also agreed to have a reprimand put in his file and to be professionally monitored.

Mullins says the settlement is not ideal, but he believes the board did not want the case to drag on any longer. He says the reason for that is simple: during the appeal process, Dr. Pipalia was still allowed to see female patients.

Mullins says the settlement will at least put an end to that, and now all the information will be online and easily accessible for the public.

"I think the process in this case worked," Mullins said.

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