State suspends Gig Harbor physician’s license after alleged threats

Staff writerMay 9, 2014 

A Gig Harbor physician who allegedly threatened to bomb a Bothell health care office, claimed to have a gun and vowed to “kill everybody” lost his medical license Friday.

Said Farzad, 63, also faces charges of telephone harassment in Snohomish County as a result of his actions this week. The state Department of Health announced his license suspension in a press release sent Friday.

Attempts to reach Farzad by phone Friday evening were unsuccessful.

Underlying records of the state’s investigation indicate that in addition to the threat incident, Farzad also faced two separate complaints of inappropriate behavior with underage female patients.

According to the health department’s statement of charges, Farzad recently picked a fight with Molina Health Care, an insurance provider based in Bothell. In a series of phone calls in April and May, Farzad complained about paperwork problems associated with his patients.

A series of calls on May 5 drew police attention. Farzad allegedly called a Molina employee and asked how the employee would feel “if he came to the office and started ‘shooting everyone.’ The employee hung up the phone,” charging records state.

Farzad called back immediately and said he was “homicidal,” records state. “(He) explained his frustrations with Molina and said that he wanted to murder everyone with machine guns.”

Farzad repeated the threat in another call a few minutes later, then called again.

“I am five minutes away from Bothell and I will bomb you when I get there,” he reportedly said. “I have a gun, I want to shoot your director. I will kill everybody, including that idiot (supervisor).”

Bothell Police officers subsequently arrested Farzad on Tuesday in Tacoma. Farzad said he’d made only one call to Molina and threatened no one. A search of his phone revealed multiple calls to Molina, at the dates and times described by witnesses. He posted bail, and is awaiting trial in Snohomish County.

Additional complaints from two patients cited his behavior with adolescent female patients, who are not identified in records. Charging papers state that Farzad befriended one patient, told her she was beautiful and made inappropriate comments to her about sexual habits.

He gave another patient money and gifts, “friended” her on Facebook and continued to pursue a social relationship with her after her treatment ended, records state.

Farzad reportedly acknowledged his actions with the two patients, but told state officials he did nothing wrong, and denied that his actions constituted boundary violations. He also said complainants were lying about him.

The combination of incidents, coupled with the recent arrest, prompted health department officials to suspend Farzad’s license pending additional investigation.

“Based on the alleged facts, respondent is unable to practice as a physician and surgeon with reasonable skill and safety as a result of a mental condition,” the department’s announcement stated.

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486
sean.robinson@thenewstribune.com
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