Dr. Michael Bova

20th May 2016: Dr. Michael Bova will have his license suspended for three years. The Springfield doctor had sex with two patients, the state says. The ruling came last Friday. This week, a judge declared that he cannot practice medicine while he was appealing. Bova admits that he had sex with both women, but argues that both times, it was before or after they were his patients. Later this summer, the appeal is expected to be set.
The 55 year old was an internist practiced alone at 2524 Farragut Drive. His license was suspended on May 13.
22nd August 2015: The Springfield internist was fighting allegations that he had sex with two of his female patients. The allegations come from state regulators. Chief medical coordinator of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Dr. Brian Zachariah, said that the case was an example of the classic violation in the doctor-patient relationship. He also testified at Bova’s disciplinary hearing last week at Chicago. Zachariah said that having sexual relations with patients was a violation of state rules and professional ethics.
According to officials belonging to the agency that is conducting the hearing, Bova’s negligent and sloppy prescription writing practices were also an issue. His behavior has resulted in at least one of his patients becoming addicted to controlled substances.
The 55 year old is a resident of Sherman. He is disputing the allegations as part of the administrative proceedings in a public hearing. This is conducted at the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Hearings are not very common for doctors who have been accused by the state of medical mistakes or ethical lapses. Most of the disciplinary actions are usually agreed upon by both parties. This is in spite of the fact that doctors have the right to dispute the allegations. In such a case, it will be settled in a trial-like setting.
Bova’s license had been put on probation back in the middle of 2006. The current set of accusations against him are similar to allegations that were made then. His license is still on probation. Bova, meanwhile, had a practice at Farragut Drive, Suite C, Springfield. Lawyers who represent the department are asking for Bova’s license to practice medicine to be suspended. They want him to be prohibited from working as a doctor. The minimum time they’re looking for is three years.
Mary Catherine Marubio, administrative law judge, is expected to give her recommendation for punishment. The Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board can alter or overturn her proposal. The director of the department can also do this by the time the case is resolved, which will be later in the year.
Bova has testified that his punishment is unjustified. He said that his record keeping, which was sloppy at times and his care of patients did not justify anything. He also denied that he had had sex with the women when they were still his patients. The doctor has been claiming that he had sex with one of the women several months before he was her doctor. He apparently transferred the other woman to the care of another physician several days prior to having sex with her. But both women testified otherwise when the hearing took place in Springfield for two days last month.
According to Zachariah, Bova would have still broken laws pertaining to professional ethics if he had sex with the women a little before or after they were his patients. Bova is still divorced. Zachariah said that the whole concept was geared around that trust relationship.
Lillian Walanka, Bova’s attorney, did not comment when contacted by The State-Journal Register last week.
Bova had allegedly drank with patient M.T. and spent time with her in his hot tub. This was shortly after being put on probation, in October 2006. She passed out from drinking and that’s when he had sex with her. They had a sexual relationship from October 2006 up till May 2007.
Another female patient has testified to state lawyers that she had sex with Bova in July. Patient P.M. said that she had sex with him because only then would Bova have agreed to treat her husband. Other doctors had refused to treat her husband, because he was addicted to cocaine, according to the lawyers. P.M. was Bova’s patient from March 2018 up till September 2012. She had sex with him on about 10 different occasions. At that time, she was still a patient, she testified in July.
Bova was also criticized by the state’s lawyers for badly monitoring the medicines he gave P.M. for pain, weight loss and anxiety. He had apparently overlooked signs and the tests that indicated that she may have been giving away some of her prescription drugs to someone else.
However, according to the testimony at the hearing, he stopped seeing her as a patient after a test that indicated that she wasn’t taking all the drugs that she had been prescribed.

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