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Towson OB/GYN accused of photographing patients is touted in ad in Baltimore mag's 'Top Doctors' issue

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Dr. John Yacoub, the Towson gynecologist accused of having an affair with a patient and storing photos of his patients' genitals on his phone, has been in the news a lot lately.

Add this to Dr. Yacoub's media appearances: Baltimore Magazine's "Top Doctors" issue.

There, on page 226 of a "special advertising section" in the November issue is a photo of Yacoub looking thoughtfully into the distance with ad copy about the "high-quality, cutting-edge care" he offers patients.

Yacoub helps patients "live a vibrant life, long beyond conventional thinking," the ad says.

According to the DEA*, Yacoub pushed the boundaries of conventional thinking about medical propriety. 

Agents raided his home in late September and found cocaine residue on the kitchen table, bottles of controlled substances he had prescribed for various patients and a female patient with whom he had been having a relationship, the DEA said.

The agents also found "numerous" photos of female genitals on Yacoub's phone.

Yacoub's lawyer contends that the doctor took the photos for medical and educational purposes with his patients' consent.

Yacoub has not been charged with wrongdoing, but the The Maryland Board of Physicians suspended his medical license last month.

Yacoub does not appear in the list of "top doctors" chosen by other physicians, just in the "medical profiles" advertising section.

According to Jessie Peterson, Baltimore Magazine's marketing director, the advertisement in which Yacoub appears was "placed and printed... well before any allegation was known.  That is all we know about the matter."

Thanks to a dangling modifier, the ad suggests Yacoub's patients are on the cutting edge of medicine themselves.

"By utilizing cell biology, physiology, genetics, biochemistry, and endocrinology, his patients feel better, look better, and have happier lives physically and emotionally," it reads.

 

*A previous version of this story misstated the agency that lead the raid on Yacoub's home.  The Sun regrets the error. 

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