From the License Lookup for Dr. Adegbenga A Bankole - Virginia
License Number 0101245177
Occupation Medicine & Surgery
Name Adegbenga A Bankole
Address Roanoke, VA 24016
Initial License Date 03/06/2009
Expire Date 10/31/2020
License Status Current Active
From Public Disciplinary Proceedings
BEFORE THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF MEDICINE
IN RE: ADEGBENGA ADETOKUNBO BANKOLE, M.D.
License Number: 0101-245177
Case Number: 183962
JURISDICTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
The Virginia Board of Medicine (“Board”) and Adegbenga Adetokunbo Bankole, M.D., as evidenced by their signatures hereto, in lieu of proceeding to an informal conference, enter into the following Consent Order affecting Dr. Bankole’s license to practice medicine and surgery in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
- Adegbenga Adetokunbo Bankole, M.D., was issued License Number 0101-245177 to practice medicine and surgery on March 6,2009, which is scheduled to expire on October 31,2020.
- Dr. Bankole violated Virginia Code § 54.1-2915(A)(12), (13), (16), (18), and (19) and 18 VAC 85-20-100(A) of the Regulations Governing the Practice of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatry, and Chiropractic in that he engaged in conduct with Patient A during the course of the practitioner-patient relationship that a reasonable patient would consider lewd or offensive. Specifically:
a. At an appointment on November 22, 2014, Dr. Bankole hugged Patient A at the end of the appointment, telling her she was his “favorite patient”. Patient A described the hug as tight and that she did not like that Dr. Bankole was “in her space”. She had been seeing Dr. Bankole periodically since November 17,2013.
b. At Patient A’s next appointment on February 25,2016, Dr. Bankole again hugged Patient A at the end of the appointment, and kissed her on her forehead.
c. On November 3,2015, at the end of Patient A’s appointment, Dr. Bankole hugged her and told her that she was his favorite patient, and that he looked forward to when she would come in. Following this appointment, Patient A told her pain management doctor about Dr. Bankole’s conduct.
d. At the conclusion of Patient A’s next appointment, on January 29, 2016, Dr. Bankole again hugged Patient A. Patient A stated that Dr. Bankole continued to hold her tighter, squeezed her buttocks, and kissed her. Patient A left her appointment without checking out, and did not return to Dr. Bankole’s office again.
e. Patient A told her primary care physician what had occurred, and asked for a referral to a different rheumatologist because she refused to go back to Dr. Bankole. The primary care physician’s office manager assisted Patient A in reporting Dr. Bankole’s behavior to hospital Risk Management. Patient A also reported Dr. Bankole’s conduct to her gynecologist.
- Following Patient A’s complaints of the above conduct to hospital Risk Management, Dr. Bankole’s employer, took the following steps:
a. Dr. Bankole is required, indefinitely, to have a chaperone for “all interactions with female patients that involve a touching, either directly or through an instrument, of an intimate body part.”
b. Dr. Bankole was required to have a formal evaluation of his ability to practice
c. Dr. Bankole was required to take a continuing medical education course titled, Medical Ethics, Boundaries, and Professionalism.
- Dr. Bankole underwent a comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation at Professional Renewal Center from March 3 through March 7, 2017, as required by his employer. Dr. Bankole’s evaluation revealed the following:
a. - d. See Confidential Exhibit
e. At the conclusion of his program, Dr. Bankole reported “an increased understanding of the need to establish and maintain appropriate professional boundaries.” Further, the Professional Renewal Center found that Dr. Bankole is not a sexual predator and that, “his behavioral difficulties were best seen in terms of cultural issues as well as his desire to form positive relationships with patients that he believed would be enhanced through being overly familiar.”
f. It was the opinion of the Professional Renewal Center that Dr. Bankole was fit to practice medicine.
Adegbenga Adetokunbo Bankole, M.D., by affixing his signature to this Consent Order, agrees to the following:
- I have been advised to seek advice of counsel prior to signing this document and am represented by Michael L. Goodman, Esq.;
- Iam fully aware that without my consent, no legal action can be taken against me or my license except pursuant to the Virginia Administrative Process Act, Virginia Code § 2.2-4000 et seq.;
- I acknowledge that I have the following rights, among others: the right to an informal fact-finding conference before the Board; and the right to representation by counsel;
- I waive my right to an informal conference;
- I neither admit nor deny the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law contained herein but waive my right to contest such Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law and any sanction imposed hereunder in any future judicial or administrative proceeding in which the Board is a party;
- I consent to the entry of the following Order affecting my license to practice medicine and surgery in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Based on the foregoing Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, the Virginia Board of Medicine hereby ORDERS as follows:
- Adegbenga Adetokunbo Bankole, M.D. is REPRIMANDED.
- Within thirty (30) days of the date of entry of this Order, Dr. Bankole shall provide proof satisfactory to the Board of his completion of the continuing medical education course entitled Medical Ethics, Boundaries, and Professionalism.
Pursuant to Virginia Code §§ 2.2-4023 and 54.1-2400.2, the signed original of this Order shall remain in the custody of the Department of Health Professions as a public record, and shall be made available for public inspection and copying upon request.
FOR THE BOARD