Mothers accuse pediatrician of crossing the line

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow/Gray News) — Several mothers have said their children’s doctor in Hawaii tried to establish an inappropriate relationship with them.

They were all single moms at the time, and they say he crossed the line.

“He’s literally going after vulnerable women, and that’s not okay,” Aila Umiamaka told Hawaii News Now.

After her daughter’s doctor’s appointment last Tuesday, Umiamaka – a single mother of two – said she received text messages from her daughter’s pediatrician.

He told her that it “looks like she might need a friend” and that if she’s interested, he could help her.

The doctor then appeared to offer her money and texted her, “Oh we can match because I have money and you need money, laugh out loud.”

Umiamaka was offended by the text and took it as an insult.

“For me, it was not trivial,” Umiamaka said. “It’s just that he picks on me over my disadvantage.”

Umiamaka posted the conversation online and other people told similar stories.

“The first thing he made a point of saying was, like, how good looking I was, how beautiful my figure was, and his tone and body language was like, he was looking me up and down,” said Keakealani Iona. “It was really uncomfortable.”

Kevi Ann Andrade said the doctor “started making remarks like, ‘Well, if you’re not seeing anyone, maybe we should hang out. “”

Other mums said this has been happening since 2014.

Gethsemane Reissig said the doctor offered her his home when she was 19 and living in a domestic violence shelter.

“I went to see a doctor, he started asking me if I wanted to stay with him, he had a big house and it was empty,” she said. “His daughter moved out and he wanted me to come and stay there with my kids.”

Reissig said he complimented her, which made her feel uncomfortable.

Professor Will Weinstein, who teaches ethics courses at the University of Hawaii, said the doctor’s alleged actions were not acceptable.

“Most ethical issues are gray, this one is black and white,” Weinstein said. “There is no possibility that it is in any way ethical. And by the way, I think it’s not legal and the AMA, American Medical Association, strictly prohibits this stuff.

Weinstein said if you think a doctor has crossed the line, you should contact a lawyer.

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