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Former Sunnyside doctor allowed to resume practice

Dr. Muhammad Ayub, whose license was suspended by the Washington State Department of Health in December 2005 for having sexual contact with a patient at a Sunnyside clinic and making inappropriate sexual inquiries to a second patient, is being allowed to resume his medical practice.

Now working in Thurston County, Ayub will be subject to close monitoring during a four-year probation period.

Several restrictions have been placed on the reinstated medical license of Ayub, including an order that requires him to have a chaperone when seeing any female patient. Ayub is also not allowed to have any contact with patients outside his office.

Under terms of his reinstatement to practice medicine in Washington state, the former Sunnyside doctor must also be mentored by another physician. Ayub, too, must provide a copy of the order of restrictions to his employers, and must submit reports and undergo semi-annual office inspections. Ayub also has been fined $5,000 and must complete an ethics course.

Criminal charges in the sexual misconduct case involving the Sunnyside patients have been dropped.

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