WESTCHESTER (CBSLA.com) — A well-known orthopedic specialist in Southern California has been accused of sexual exploitation and negligence against a male patient.
The Medical Board of California claims Dr. Ronald Glousman, who practiced out of the Sobol Orthopedic Group in Westchester, inappropriately touched the victim when the man stared to visit Glousman for a workers’ compensation back injury in 2010.
The board, which filed an accusation against Glousman in May, alleges there is cellphone video evidence taken by the patient. When interviewed, Glousman reportedly stated, “I was letting him lead me to something I assume he wants…it was sort of, you know, like a flirtatious dance.”
In a statement, Matthew Umhofer, Glousman’s attorney, said, “He is saddened that the Medical Board has chosen to pursue these flawed allegations after three years of investigation despite compelling contrary evidence. Law enforcement authorities have thoroughly investigated these claims and dismissed them. We are confident that Dr. Glousman will be exonerated.”
Glousman had been named a US News top doctor and was affiliated with the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic since 1986.
He was suspended from Kerlan-Jobe early last month when they were made aware of the accusation. Glousman then resigned June 19.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Kerlan-Jobe said, in part, “Dr. Glousman was not acting as a Kerlan-Jobe physician at the time. Nonetheless, Kerlan-Jobe immediately suspended Dr. Glousman’s patient schedules.”
The Medical Board is now moving to revoke the doctor’s license, which is a process that could take up to a year.