News Release April 28, 2011
MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA
April 28, 2011
Berkeley physician agrees to Medical Board of California
Interim Suspension Order of his medical license
SACRAMENTO Robert Kevess, M.D., a campus doctor at University of California (UC), Berkeley, is suspended from the practice of medicine. "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.
On March 31, 2011, UC Berkeley placed Dr. Kevess on administrative leave. After an investigation by UC Berkeley police, evidence was obtained supporting sexual misconduct with several university students. This action was reported to the Medical Board on April 1, 2011, and the Board immediately opened their own investigation. On April 27, 2011, a Criminal Complaint was filed in the Alameda County Superior Court, charging Kevess with 19 felony counts of sexual misconduct. Kevess surrendered to police and posted bail of $745,000. Kevess was arraigned in Alameda Superior Court on these charges today, and the Medical Board received the signed Order of Suspension within the hour.
The Medical Board filed a Petition for Interim Order of Suspension Pursuant to Government Code Section 11529 and Pursuant to Stipulation, alleging Kevess violated Business and Professions Code sections 726 (Sexual Misconduct) and 729 (Sexual Exploitation). Dr. Kessler agreed to an entry of an Interim Order of Suspension, suspending his license to practice medicine in California, effective immediately. Kevess is restrained and prohibited from practicing or attempting to practice as a physician and surgeon, pending a final decision and order by the Medical Board of California. Criminal charges are currently pending in Alameda County Superior Court.
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."
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