Kane County

Kane County (Tribune illustration / March 15, 2012)

A Geneva doctor's medical license has been suspended by state regulators, who allege he engaged in inappropriate sexual relations with several of his patients and knowingly prescribed addictive drugs to a patient who abused them.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation suspended the medical and controlled substances licenses of Mark Lewis, a practicing physician and surgeon in Geneva, on June 26 after finding that his actions "constitute an immediate danger to the public," according to department documents. "Information has come to the Department's attention that (Lewis) has engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with several patients of his medical practice," read the petition for suspension.

The petition alleges that based on information gathered through interviews with Lewis and his patients, the doctor also issued prescriptions for "highly addictive drugs," such as Norco and Xanax, to a patient whom he knew abused the substances and to other individuals who weren't his patients.

Lewis has been summoned to a Wednesday morning hearing with the department's Medical Disciplinary Board at the department's office in downtown Chicago. The board could consider revoking his license.

No criminal charges have been filed against Lewis, authorities said.

A voice mail left for Lewis at his office was not immediately returned Thursday.

Documents from department investigators detail a November 2012 incident that is under investigation by the St. Charles Police Department.

According to the documents, Lewis allegedly sexually assaulted a patient after the two drank alcoholic beverages at a party he hosted.

The patient blacked out at Lewis' home and woke up wearing only a tank top and sweater, the documents read. Lewis then offered the patient a Xanax pill and she fell back asleep. When she woke up again she "felt pain in her anal area," the documents said.

DNA from semen collected from the patient with an anal swab at Centegra Hospital in Woodstock matched that of DNA collected from Lewis as part of a September 2013 subpoena from the Kane County Grand Jury, the documents said.

The doctor denied having sexual relations with the patient in a recent interview with investigators, according to the documents.

St. Charles Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Blackwell said the investigation was ongoing and that she could not release any information at this time.

The documents also allege that Lewis prescribed various controlled substances, including Vicodin, Norco, Valium and Ocycontin, to another patient "despite his knowledge of (the patient) exhibiting signs of drug seeking behavior."

In another 2012 incident that was reported to the Aurora Police Department, Lewis allegedly exchanged a series of text messages with another patient that "contained sexually inappropriate and/or unprofessional messages."

"Oh I forgot Your on the bad girl list If you miss your appointment you'll have to bribe me," one text read, according to the documents.

The doctor later apologized to the patient in another text message, saying his office could help her "find another doctor to replace me."

Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli said the case was referred to the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau.

"The case is closed as far as the Aurora Police Department is concerned," Ferrelli said.

No criminal charges in relation to the alleged incidents have been filed against Lewis, according to a Kane County State's attorney's office spokesman.

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