Psychiatrist gives up license following criminal conviction involving patient

February 25, 2014

On February 17, 2014, the Florida Board of Medicine accepted the voluntary relinquishment of the license of psychiatrist Ioan Pop.

According to records acquired by the Tampa chapter of Citizens Commission on Human Rights, Pop was criminally convicted of sexual misconduct with a vulnerable female patient who had been involuntarily committed to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

The records state that on April 27, 2013, Pop, who was in the patient's room at Mount Sinai, kissed her on the mouth while holding her face and asked her sex-related questions.

Following her May 1, 2013 release, the patient went to the police as Pop was repeatedly calling her.

She allowed a police officer to listen in on one of Pop's calls in which he stated to her "not to discuss the incident at the hospital with anyone" and that he "liked her anatomy and he liked her tongue very much."

On September 18, 2013, Pop was found guilty of battery and was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to stay away from the former patient.


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