Six patients allege doctor made inappropriate sexual contact
A longtime local physician is being investigated by the state for six patient claims of inappropriate sexual contact.
Four of the six patient complaints are from women who were employees as well as patients of Dr. Louis Bair at Desert Sun Medical Center, 573 32 Road, and Community Hospital. Bair had privileges to practice at Desert Sun from 1993 to November 2008 and had privileges from 1991 to February 2009 at Community Hospital, according to the complaint filed with the Attorney General’s Office.
Bair had privileges to practice at St. Mary’s Hospital and Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle as of Feb. 6, 2006, according to state records.
Bair, an osteopathic physician, has had his medical license suspended with conditions since Jan. 21, by the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners. The board aids the Attorney General’s Office in reviewing complaints against physicians and can place stipulations or revoke physicians’ licenses to practice in the state.
Becky Jessen, spokeswoman at Community Hospital, said Bair’s hospital privileges were suspended immediately Jan. 21 upon notification from the state board. She said Bair never held a supervisory position over employees at the hospital.
When the allegations arose, Bair was one of the 12 members on the board that reviews cases of alleged physician misconduct.
Bair did not return a call Friday for comment on the complaints.
Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said his office has been forwarded a copy of the complaints, but that it will take time to determine whether Bair faces any criminal charges.
According to the complaints, Bair allowed a woman whom he employed at Community Hospital from 1991 to 2006 to write her own prescriptions for Oxycontin from March 2003 to November 2008, often without documenting medical justification for prescribing the narcotics.
During this time, Bair asked the woman to administer testosterone injections and to measure his penis, and he rubbed the woman’s genitalia, the complaint said.
One woman who was a patient of Bair’s between July 2005 and November 2007 said that after a gynecological exam in 2007, Bair, over the course of many days, sent five to 10 sexually explicit text messages each day to her, the complaint said.
One woman who was Bair’s patient for 10 years from August 1998 to November 2008 took vacations with Bair to Keystone, Napa Valley, Calif., and Cancun, Mexico, the complaints said.
Another patient who was employed by Bair from August 2004 to November 2008 at Community Hospital and Desert Sun described multiple times when Bair rubbed her breast, molested her and made comments of a sexual nature and had sex with her during Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment, the complaint said.
Bair is scheduled to appear Dec. 11 in front of the state’s Board of Medical Examiners for a hearing, when he can refute the complaints.
In December 2008, the board said it issued Bair a letter asking him to describe his relationships with the six patients and whether any sexual conduct occurred, but Bair “failed to respond in an honest, materially responsive, or timely manner,” the complaint said.
Bair also is accused of viewing pornography on his computer at least once at Desert Sun during business hours.
In early 2009, Bair was ordered and received an evaluation by the Colorado Physician Health Program. The program found that Bair had a mental or physical disability and recommended that his license to practice medicine in Colorado be revoked, the complaint said.