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She saw a doctor to get her heart checked. She left feeling 'dirty and ashamed'

A heart doctor accused of roughly squeezing a woman's breast surrendered to authorities Thursday.
A heart doctor accused of roughly squeezing a woman's breast surrendered to authorities Thursday.

A heart doctor accused of giving a 43-year-old woman a five-minute breast exam and becoming aroused surrendered to Parker County authorities on Thursday.

Dennis Phuong Doan was booked into the Parker County Jail about 10 a.m. and released later that day after posting $5,000 bond, according to authorities.

Doan faces a charge of assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. His attorney, Christy Jack, said in an emailed statement that the allegation against Doan "will be vigorously challenged" and that "conclusions should not be drawn without complete knowledge of all the facts and circumstances surrounding this accusation. We welcome our day in court."

An arrest warrant affidavit listed the following details:

The patient, who has not been identified, told an investigator that Doan said her breasts were soft and felt good during a Jan. 10 examination and that he also seemed physically aroused while he massaged her breasts for about five minutes.

The patient said she and Doan were alone while he performed the exam, which she described as rough and painful and done without a stethoscope. Doan also pulled down the woman's pants to examine a tattoo below her waist, according to the affidavit.

The patient explained that she had been treated for breast cancer at one time and had undergone reconstructive surgery. The patient reported that the medicine she was taking for the cancer caused her to have heart problems.

As they left the exam room, the patient told the investigator, another doctor passed by and asked Doan why he was walking funny.

"She felt dirty and ashamed after she left Dr. Doan's office and could not sleep at night," according to the affidavit.

Administrators with the Heart Center of North Texas, where Doan saw patients, told the investigator they confirmed that the other doctor had seen Doan walking funny but it was unknown if that doctor saw any physical evidence of Doan being aroused.

Administrators also told the investigator that massaging the breasts is not a normal practice in an exam performed in the office.

Doan has been suspended from his practice pending the investigation and has not seen any patients since his arrest, said Sydney Madden, administrator for the practice.

“The Heart Center of North Texas’s primary concern is the safety and care of its patients," Madden said in an emailed statement. "We are cooperating with the authorities and will continue to do so.”

The Texas Medical Board shows no records of any disciplinary measures or reports of criminal history for Doan, who is licensed to practice at Baylor All Saints, Texas Health Harris Methodist, Plaza Medical Center, Weatherford Regional, North Hills and Lake Granbury Medical Center hospitals.

Investigators believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with additional information to contact Sgt. Jason Hayes at the Weatherford Police Department, 817-598-4310.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7753,@mitchmitchel3



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