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Silverdale pediatrician’s hearing takes place

Longtime Silverdale pediatrician Saad Al-Agba was in Olympia last week to take part in a hearing regarding a sexual misconduct claim against him from a mother of a patient who said Al-Agba inappropriately kissed her.

The hearing lasted the better part of two days according to Sharon Moysiuk, communications officer with the Washington State Department of Health.

Moysiuk said the judge heard testimony and now will take up to 90 days to make a ruling.

“The judge should issue his ruling within 90 days unless the parties are required to submit additional documents or the judge feels there is a good enough reason to extend the 90 day deadline,” she said.

The case stems from a sexual misconduct charge issued in March by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission and the Department of Health after the woman came forward with the complaint.

The woman, who was not named by the state, said Al-Agba kissed her on the mouth during her child’s appointment in his office in February 2012.

The complaint that was filed by the woman said that the doctor continued to pursue her, coming unannounced to her home with a gift for her child. During that visit, the woman said he inappropriately touched her on her hair and back, according to the charges that were filed.

Al-Agba, who has practiced in Silverdale for 43 years, continues to be in practice at Silverdale Pediatrics on Levin Road with his daughter who is also a physician.

Following the hearing, Al-Agba said he was told by his attorney, Francis Floyd of Seattle, not to talk about the case and would not comment. Floyd also declined comment. But last March when the claim surfaced, Al-Agba said there was no truth to the claim.

“The truth is I didn’t do this,” he said in March. “When all is said and done, that will be shown.”

Al-Agba described the situation as one where he was treating the young girl with the examination room door open. She had been a patient at the clinic since 2007.

“The clinic manager, who is also my wife, was just right outside the open door and could hear the entire conversation. The conversation was shared by me, my wife, the mother and the patient and nothing happened.”

He said he did deliver a gift to the child at her home, a hat that he had purchased during a trip to Mexico and brought back for the girl. He said he wasn’t in the home for more than five minutes and just stepped inside the door.

“When I left, everybody was happy and I was pleased that they liked the hat,” he said.

He said he only became aware that there was a problem in late 2012 when an investigator came to his office to take “my side of the story.”

The Al-Agba family is well-known in the Silverdale area where his sons Laith and Jamil were prep tennis players and graduates of Olympic High School. Laith died in 2007 in a fall from a roof in Seattle at age 26. Jamil played tennis for the University of Southern California.

Saad Al-Agba spent his early life in Turkey and Iraq. He graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine. He had an internship and residency in the U.S. and a fellowship at the University of  Washington Medical Center. He then worked for The Doctors Clinic for 17 years before opening his own clinic in 1986.

If the judge rules against Al-Agba, sanctions could range from probation with conditions to losing his medical license.

 

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