AIDS Doctor Accused of Molesting Two Former Patients in Beverly Hills
September 19, 2002
Dr. R. Scott Hitt, who once headed the Presidential Advisory Council on AIDS and HIV, has been accused by the Medical Board of California of sexually molesting two male patients at his office at Pacific Oaks Medical Group in Beverly Hills. Hitt, an AIDS specialist and gay activist, said he touched one patient inappropriately in August 2000 and crossed a boundary with another patient one month earlier, according to the formal accusation filed by the medical board. The accusation asks that Hitt's medical license be revoked or suspended. Hitt, the first openly gay person to head a presidential advisory board, told the Los Angeles Times that he did "things I regret" while battling metastatic colon cancer. The cancer is now in remission, he said. Hitt said he entered a rehabilitation program but declined to elaborate. Hitt has not seen any patients since the accusation was made. Since resigning from Pacific Oaks in late 2000, Hitt has been serving as president of the American Academy of HIV Medicine.Adapted from:
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