AZ state board continues hearing on doctor's license

Dr. Ilangovan Govindarajan, also known as Dr. Govan to colleagues and patients, was able to continue in his private practice of medicine Tuesday.

The Arizona Medical Board convened an emergency Summary Action Meeting at noon Tuesday to consider suspending his medical license.

That meeting was called in the wake of Govan's arrest last Thursday by Kingman Police on 10 felony counts of aggravated assault, nine felony counts of sexual abuse and one misdemeanor count of assault.

The meeting was held via teleconferencing, and nine of 12 board members participated, said Roger Downey, media relations officer with the Arizona Medical Board.

"Three members had not received all documentation staff sent about the case, and as a result, the board decided to continue the hearing until 3 p.m. Wednesday," Downey said.

The board went into executive session to get legal advice from an assistant attorney general before returning and continuing the hearing until today.

Craig Martin, an attorney representing Govan, spoke at length to members.

"He tried to bring them up to speed on supportive documents he sent that some members did not receive," Downey said.

"He said there are at least 20 supportive documents written by other doctors, nursing home administrators and other health care professionals attesting to Dr. Govan's professionalism."

Govan listened in on the teleconferencing call but only Martin spoke on his behalf, Downey said. The session lasted about one hour.

Govan is a doctor of internal medicine. He formerly was director of the Palliative and Hospice Care Unit at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

He is accused of allegedly touching female subordinates at Kingman Regional Medical Center in an inappropriate manner over the past year.