Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A local OBGYN is been suspended from practicing medicine after federal agents find what appears to be patient pictures on his phone. The doctor is also under investigation for taking and distributing dangerous drugs.
Meghan McCorkell spoke to a former patient.
Dr. John Yacoub practiced medicine in Maryland for the past 30 years with thousands of patients. His license is now suspended.
Suspicions arose around Dr. Yacoub after officials say a staff member noticed large amounts of controlled dangerous substances in his office. Drugs he was not authorized to prescribe.
When hospital administrators went to look for the drugs, Yacoub said they’d “somehow disappeared.”
According to a Board of Physicians suspension order obtained by WJZ, that led to his termination from Saint Agnes Hospital in November of 2012.
That December, the Board of Physicians began an investigation.
Twice during this past summer Yacoub tested positive for cocaine use.
Just last month, the DEA raided his Towson apartment. Inside, they found prescription drugs and traces of cocaine.
On the doctor’s phone, they discovered pictures of women’s genitalia — many with nearby medical instruments and a gloved hand.
Tina Adcock has been a patient of Yacoub’s for 22 years. He delivered both of her children.
She’s in shock about the pictures allegedly found on his phone.
“I don’t know how because whenever you would go in to get examined there was always a nurse there. So I don’t know how he could have done it,” Adcock said.
The case bears striking similarities to that of Dr. Nikita Levy. The Johns Hopkins physician took his own life after police found extensive evidence he was secretly videotaping his patients.
The Levy investigation sparked outrage from women’s groups.
“It is the ultimate violation. It really angers me. I mean, for something like this to happen,” said Bella Owens, Baltimore County Commission for Women.
A suspension hearing for Dr. Yacoub is set for next week.
Dr. Yacoub leased office space at GBMC, but he was not an employee of the hospital. GBMC has permanently suspended his privileges at the facility.
According to the suspension order, Dr. John Yacoub is also accused of having a sexual relationship with a patient.
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