Anaheim Doctor Put on Probation, License Temporarily Suspended After Awkward Lunch Date With Teenage Patient

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Romantic.

Hozair Syed, a doctor who lives in Anaheim, won't be able to practice medicine for the next month. Once he's done with his suspension, he'll be put on seven years probation, during which he'll be unable to practice on his own, treat female patients, supervise assistants, and a whole mess of other restrictions.

Why? Well, that's what he gets for taking one of his patients on what could be the most awkward lunch date since George Costanza's many escapades

Syed was disciplined after he overstepped the doctor-patient boundary in 2010 with a teenage mother of two by taking her out to lunch, trying to kiss her, telling her she was beautiful, and giving her money, according to documents from the Medical Board of California (MBC). The mother, referred to as "R.D.", "first sought evaluation at the Riverside County Mental Health Clinic (RCMHC) clinic in Hemet ... when she underwent an intake evaluation. At that time, patient R.D. was 19-years-old, married and the mother of two children, a 16-month-old son and a 4-month-old daughter. Her husband had just left her and she was under a great deal of financial and emotional stress."

Something must've pulled at Syed's heart strings. After a series of examinations, Syed prescribed Zoloft, twice upping the prescription until the medicine took. During an October appointment, R.D. gave Syed a friendly hug before leaving, but the doctor kissed her on the neck and slipped $40 in her purse.

Before R.D.'s next appointment, Syed asked her to meet him for a meal the day of. They ended up going to a mall food court. The official record of the meeting is pulled directly from MBC documents. It's long, I know, but it's.. well, it's something good:

"Patient R.D. met Respondent at a fast food restaurant at the mall. He offered his food to her to eat. She said no. Respondent asked her, 'What, you don't want to eat after me?' During this lunch, Respondent asked patient R.D. how close her parents were from her. She told him down the street. Respondent asked her if she wanted to have fun. Patient R.D. asked him what he meant. Respondent asked her if she would like to go out and have a good time and hang out. Patient R.D. told him no. Respondent told her that he liked to swim and asked her if she wanted to go swimming. Patient R.D. said no. Respondent asked her why she was wearing flip-flops and told her she needed new clothes. After they were done eating Respondent asked her if she would like him to buy her shoes. She told him no. Respondent told her he would buy her a pair of new jeans. Respondent walked Patient R.D. to a clothes store and they both looked around until patient R.D. found a pair of jeans.

Respondent told her to 'hold them up to you.' Respondent said 'those are too big for you. You need a smaller pair of jeans.' Patient R.D. stated that she wanted the size she was holding. Respondent purchased the jeans and they left the store. He then grabbed her by the waist and pulled her close to him. Respondent also tried to kiss her. She pulled away from him. They walked out of the mall together and he asked if she wanted a ride. She said no. Respondent then gave patient R.D. a hug and tried to kiss her on the mouth. She pulled away and he told her that she was a very beautiful girl. He tried to kiss her again on the mouth and she pulled away again. Respondent told her that they would do this again and she walked away from him."

Told you it was something.

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Youneedsmallerjeans
Youneedsmallerjeans

Well...gee...I'm kinda torn on this one. At 19 you are still a "teenager" but you are LEGALLY an adult at 18. That means you can marry, vote, go to war, sign a contract blah, blah blah. Why did this 19 year old teenage "adult" go to lunch with this guy, accept a pair of jeans, take his $40.00 cash and hug him? At what point does she accept some personal responsibility? At the first sign this guy was out of line, she should have booked it out of his office, never to return. Why did she take his forty bucks? Why didn't she throw it back in is face, scream,  call him a perv and say "are you trying to buy me"? Did she think he was buying her jeans and giving her cash out of the goodness of his heart? She also should have been aware that meeting somebody for lunch at the mall food court is pretty much considered a "date".  I get the feeling...no I'm SURE that this girl has no medical insurance and that MediCal was paying the tab for her to see this doc. So she see's a doc for free, accepts cash and gifts including a lunch date and only screams "foul" AFTER the fact????

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

She wanted it and now someone told her there is more money involved if she goes this route


MALES ARE ALWAYS TAGGED WITH ,, THEY WANTED IT, WHEN THE 30 YO  FEMALE TEACHERS use the males "Drug" of testosterone against them


AND AS THE ARTICLE states...she was under financial pressure etc



SO THE DR IS GUILTY BUT THIS needs to be dealt with as stated above

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

The part that blows me away is he offers his half eaten food!!! How could she not fall in love with this romantic and generous guy?! LOL!

Brian J. Arra
Brian J. Arra

A teenage mom with two kids is up for fun. Party Hat required. Lol

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

The doctor is a creep. No two ways about it.

Charles Rendon
Charles Rendon

So this doctor is a dumbass, I think we can all agree. But this girl has gotta stop popping out kids if she's financially stressed! News flash: kids don't make them financial woes easier! Unless, of course, you're opening a sweatshop.

DayT
DayT

She just wanted the money. Any better looking doctor and she will go all in.

Becka Gonzales
Becka Gonzales

But that why we don't do nice things for people that can be interpreted wrong.

Becka Gonzales
Becka Gonzales

Upping her Zoloft and taking $40 cash didn't seem to bother her before the date either. #setup

Sarah Montoya
Sarah Montoya

That was my initial reaction to the article and comments too. Reading the article didn't really change that either. She didn't have to meet up with him at the mall....or accept the jeans or his money, etc. That doesn't make his actions okay either, but which came first? Lol

Becka Gonzales
Becka Gonzales

The girl had 3 opportunities to walk away from the awkward moments. If she felt awkward during the lunch she shouldn't have continued on... know your own boundaries. #icallbs

Sarah Montoya
Sarah Montoya

Overstepped by taking her out to lunch? She could've declined could she not?

Melissa Garcia
Melissa Garcia

Well he figured she was a hoochie lol. Jk... Weirdos!

Dick_Tionary
Dick_Tionary

@roman_archer Yes, teen indeed. However, this very fine publication is full of references like "19-Year-Old Man, OC Homicide No. 7: Dies at Hospital From Gunshot Wound", or "Santa Ana Police Killing Of 18-Year-Old Man Prompts Pre-Jury Trial Settlement".

So here we have: 19 year old female, victim of unwanted kissing = Teen. 18/19 year old male, victim of (presumably unwanted) homicide = Man.

What the difference? Male / Female? Violence / Romantic overture?

Before you put away the dictionary, care to look up "double standard"?

ocahn714
ocahn714

19 is not a teenager you retarded journalist

Haven
Haven

Sure, it's her fault.  The article states that she was married and her husband left. 

Haven
Haven

Riiiight, blame the teen who sought a mental health evaluation - not middle-aged doctor making inappropriate advances.

roman_archer
roman_archer

@Dick_Tionary Let me get this straight Dick, a well written article about a creepy doctor trying to perv his way into a vulnerable patients pants and your big concern is a game of word semantics on why the OC Weekly refers to 18/19 year old females as teenagers while referring to 18/19 year old males as men.

Really? In the context of this article I can understand the writer referring to a 19 year old female with 2 kids as a "teenage mother". Unless you can show me several more instances of the OC Weekly referring to 18 or 19 year old females as teenagers and not women, I can't buy into your conspiracy theories. But just to play devils advocate for a moment, what do you suppose the Weekly's agenda is by referring to 18/19 year old females as teenagers, while referring to 18/19 year old males as men?

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@ocahn714 LOL..............I think we are teenagers from 13-19! As Roman_Archer said.....the teen in the word is the telltale clue!!

roman_archer
roman_archer

@ocahn714 Wow, it's only Monday and we already have a strong candidate for stupid post of the week. Let me spell it out for you: nine"teen". Get it?

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@roman_archer  

And he completely missed the point...that Dr. Syed made inappropriate advances towards a young lady who was a patient in his care. Unacceptable behavior for a doctor...especially a psychiatrist.

roman_archer
roman_archer

@fishwithoutbicycle EXACTLY! With the sanctions leveled at Dr. Syed, I suspect the only medicine he will be practicing is writing medical marijuana evaluations.

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