BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Friday, September 18, 2020, 5 a.m. UPDATE: The West Virginia State Board of Medicine suspended the license of a doctor in the middle of sexual harassment allegations.
Dr. Zouhair Kabbara’s license was suspended Wednesday, September 16, 2020. A notice of hearing was filed the same day, with a hearing date set for Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
The complaint states this all began after three separate lawsuits were filed in August of 2019 against Dr. Kabbara. Each lawsuit involved separate allegations of sexual misconduct by the former doctor. In November of 2019, Dr. Kabbara responded to the complaint, saying the allegations were not true.
The complaint also said upon information and belief, Kabbara is no longer in Beckley, and in Lebanon. In February 2020, Kabbara confirmed with the board he was in Lebanon and his stay had been extended.
Court documents reveal Dr. Kabbara is accused of unprofessional and/or sexual misconduct with nine people. On September 13, 2020, Dr. Kabbara spoke with the Complaint Committee virtually to discuss the allegations.
The committee said Dr. Kabbara engaged in professional and sexual misconduct with multiple women in and around his practices in Beckley. That includes: at least two female patients, at least two minor female hospital volunteers, and at least five female hospital employees. The board said based on this information, Dr. Kabbara’s ability to continue practicing medicine is an immediate danger to the public.
ORIGINAL STORY — 1:25 p.m. June 9, 2020: A minor child is asking for justice in connection with alleged sexual harassment by Dr. Zouhair Kabbara. This is the latest lawsuit filed against him, the previous charges include rape, sexual abuse and another case of sexual harassment.
There are seven counts in the lawsuit citing both Dr. Kabbara and Appalachian Regional Healthcare. These included Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Hiring; Supervision; and Retention, Sexual Harassment – Hostile Work Environment, Violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act, Joint Venture, Civil Assault and Civil Conspiracy.
The victim in this case was a 15-year-old girl. She began volunteering in May 2019.
According to court records, she was a junior volunteer at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital (BARH). The lawsuit states other complaints were made against Dr. Kabbara and BARH management made some changes on what volunteers were to do when he was around.
Dr. Kabbara was eventually forced to resign after additional complaints of harassment were filed by volunteers, staff and visitors.
This latest lawsuit asked for Compensatory Damages, Damages for Emotional Distress, Punitive Damages, Attorney’s Fees and Pre and Post Judgement Interest.
59News reached out to Beckley ARH for comment. They state they cannot provide comment on any pending litigation.