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The Medical Board of California has accused a Chowchilla primary care doctor of negligence, incompetence and unprofessional conduct in the care of three female patients.

In two of the cases, Dr. Nicholas Eugene Nomicos is accused of kissing the women.

Nomicos said: “I’ll be vigorously defending myself against these accusations.”

According to the medical board, a 78-year-old woman, identified only as “Patient B,” came to see Nomicos for a B-12 injection on April 28, 2014. She reported that Nomicos grabbed her, kissed her on the cheek and used the “F-word” while in the examination room, the board said.

Nomicos’ treatment of the patient was negligent in that “he used offensive language and/or kissed Patient B without her permission and/or invaded her personal space,” the board said.

Nomicos, 56, is accused of kissing another female patient on two visits in 2016. A 55-year-old woman, identified as “Patient C,” came to see the doctor on Aug. 23, 2016. She had been having a headache for two weeks and had a red left eye. She complained of chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and vomiting blood. During the examination, Nomicos allegedly had her stand up and kissed her on the lips, according to the medical board.

The woman made another visit to Nomicos on Sept. 10, 2016, for a physical examination and wellness visit. The board said Nomicos “greeted her with a kiss and a hug, and that he rubbed her back during the hug.” Nomicos confirmed that the hug and kiss did occur, the board said.

According to the medical board, Nomicos allegedly had the woman sit in an examination chair where he “forced the patient’s legs open with his hands placed on the patient’s thighs in order for him to maneuver directly in front of the patient.” The doctor also allegedly “made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature to the patient regarding preferred sexual positions and whether he could make house calls” the board said. Nomicos confirmed that he made these comments, the board said.

Dennis Thelen, a Bakersfield lawyer who represents Nomicos, said Nomicos disputes the allegations. And Thelen said he was present during a tape-recorded meeting between the medical board and Nomicos. “He did not agree that he did anything unethical, improper or morally bankrupt,” Thelen said. “He acknowledged verbally making a bad joke to one of the patients that he has known for many years, and he apologized for that.”

Two of the patients in the medical board accusation are a mother and daughter who Nomicos has known for many years, Thelen said. “Neither of them ever claimed he kissed them in a sexual manner or inappropriately,” he said. And Nomicos denies any sexual contact or kissing in a romantic or sexual sense, Thelen said.

The board also said Nomicos departed from the standard of care in his treatment of Patient C, who received a steroid injection during her first visit. Following the injection, she was taken to Madera Community Hospital, but the doctor did not document the event, the board said.

In the case of Patient A, the medical board has accused Nomicos of gross negligence and repeated acts of negligence for his treatment of the 57-year-old woman who had a history of gastric bypass and a long history of narcotic use. The board said Nomicos did not order laboratory and imaging tests for the woman who had “red flag” signs of urinary incontinence, weight loss, persistent spinal tenderness and complaints of pain without an identified source from February 2015 through February 2016.

But Thelen said: “We don’t agree with the basic factual premise alleged by the medical board and we believe that the care and treatment rendered was reasonable in light of what was reasonably known at the time.”

Barbara Anderson: 559-441-6310, @beehealthwriter
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