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Doctor accused of misdiagnosing epilepsy gives up license

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Posted at 12:27 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 12:27:58-04

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor accused of misdiagnosing epilepsy in approximately 250 children has surrendered his medical license to settle a complaint filed by state authorities.

The agreement between regulators and Dr. Yasser Awaad was accepted by a disciplinary panel at the Michigan Board of Medicine.

The deal also includes a $5,000 penalty.

The attorney general’s office filed a complaint against Awaad in 2018, years after he treated children as a pediatric neurologist at Oakwood Healthcare in Dearborn.

Awaad agreed with regulators that the allegations could be treated as true to resolve the complaint.

He says he hasn't actively practiced in Michigan since 2007.

Dr. Yasser Awaad was accused of forcing children to endure grueling medical tests — including sleep deprivation — multiple times, though the children never needed them.