News Release February 2, 2011
MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA
February 2, 2011
Medical Board of California obtains Order to prohibit
Thousand Oaks physician from practicing medicine
SACRAMENTO At the request of the Medical Board, the medical license of Barry Lefkovitch, M.D., was fully suspended by a Ventura Superior Court judge on February 1, 2011. The Order is effective immediately. "The mission of the Medical Board is public protection, and this action reflects the Board's ongoing commitment to that mission," said Linda Whitney, executive director of the Medical Board.
Dr. Lefkovitch was arrested by Ventura sheriffs on December 22, 2010, after they received a complaint of sexual abuse by one of his patients. Dr. Lefkovitch was booked into East County Jail and charged with two felony counts of forced sexual penetration and one felony count of sexual battery. The sheriff's department issued a news release, and three additional potential victims were identified. On December 30, 2011, bail was set at $250,000, under the condition Dr. Lefkovitch not see female patients without an additional third party medical professional present.
At his arraignment on February 1, 2011, Lefkovitch entered a plea of not guilty and, at the Medical Board's request, the judge ordered Lefkovitch to immediately cease and desist from practicing medicine on any and all patients. A preliminary hearing in this matter is scheduled for March 25, 2011.
Investigators are concerned there may be other victims. If you believe you are a victim or have more information, please contact Detective Jason Robarts at (805) 494-8229.
The public record documents in this case can be accessed on our Web site at www.mbc.ca.gov under the heading "Enforcement Public Documents."
The mission of the Medical Board is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and, to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.
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