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State goes after Crystal Lake doctor's medical license after lawsuit

CHICAGO – A state oversight agency is seeking to suspend or revoke the medical license of a Crystal Lake doctor who named former patients in a civil lawsuit he filed against them.

Dr. Mahesh Parikh is suing three former patients and the mother of one, saying their statements to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation damaged his reputation in the community and as a physician.

The department suspended his medical license last year.

In a new complaint filed Tuesday, the department said Parikh violated the Medical Practice Act with the defamation lawsuit and by naming his accusers. He also listed the reason for which one patient sought treatment.

“The law is very clear, if someone files a complaint, especially against a doctor, they are protected from any civil or criminal penalties,” department spokeswoman Susan Hofer said.

The department could seek other forms of discipline against the doctor, including fines, Hofer added.

Parikh was accused of fondling a then 19-year-old patient when she sought treatment in 2009 at Advanced Neurological Care in Crystal Lake.

The alleged victim and her mother filed a police report with the Crystal Lake Police Department at the time, but Parikh, a neurologist, never was criminally charged. He has denied the charges.

The director of the Professional Regulation Division in March 2012 indefinitely suspended Parikh’s license for at least one year, despite a recommendation against doing so from an administrative law judge and the review board.

Parikh was allowed to request a hearing to have his license reinstated after one year. When he did so, he learned that two more former patients have made similar allegations.

Parikh is seeking $5 million in damages from each woman and is seeking to stop them from testifying at his upcoming hearing to restore his medical license.

The civil lawsuits, filed in Cook County earlier this month, name each of his accusers. As of Wednesday, the women’s full names were listed on the circuit clerk’s online court docket.

His attorney, Rishi Agrawal, provided amended copies of the lawsuits to the Northwest Herald and redacted the defendants’ names. He said he planned to file the amended versions with the court.

The newspaper has a request pending with the Cook County Circuit Clerk for the original court filing.

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