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The Associated Press State & Local Wire

May 14, 2002, Tuesday, BC cycle

Psychiatrist’s license suspended for alleged improprieties

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 182 words

DATELINE: CHARLESTON, W.Va.

A psychiatrist’s license has been suspended following accusations that he made sexual remarks and acted inappropriately with patients and employees.
The state Board of Medicine decided Monday to immediately suspend the license of Dr. Shivkumar L. Iyer, 39, of Stollings. His office is located in South Charleston.
A formal hearing is scheduled for May 29.
Complaints filed by several former patients and employees allege that Iyer questioned the mother of a male patient about the size of her husband’s penis and that he modeled lingerie in a waiting room filled with patients.
Iyer’s license suspension is effective Wednesday.
The alleged violations relate to “‘multiple instances of unprofessional, unethical and dishonorable conduct, exercising influence within a patient-physician relationship for purposes of engaging a patient in sexual activity, and failing to keep medical records justifying the course of treatment of a patient,” the board’s order stated.
Ron Walton, executive director of the board, declined to comment.
Iyer could not be reached for comment.