Phoenix OB-GYN files appeals to medical board; allegations include pulling gun on protesters

Dr. Ronald Yunis received six months probation.
Dr. Ronald Yunis received six months probation.(Arizona's Family/Apologia Studios)
Published: Oct. 6, 2023 at 7:31 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2023 at 11:40 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A Phoenix OB-GYN has filed an appeal to the Arizona Medical Review Board after he was sentenced to probation last week for his conduct in multiple incidents in recent years. The Arizona Medical Board ordered Dr. Ronald Yunis to six months probation on Friday but Yunis filed an appeal. The board will now consider a request for a re-hearing and review during their Dec. 8 meeting.

The most high-profile incident was when Dr. Yunis was leaving the Acacia Women’s Center in Phoenix in October 2019, and he pulled out a gun while in his car and pointed it at pro-life protesters. He then pointed it at the protesters as he drove away. The incident was caught on camera, and he was later arrested. Yunis pleaded guilty in 2021 in criminal court and was ordered to two years probation and counseling.

While the Board was investigating his medical records, they came across other wrongdoings in his medical practice, which is part of its punishment. The most serious was when he performed baby flips on one patient in his office instead of at a hospital, which the board found dangerous. The paperwork also said he didn’t use a vacuum and forceps properly and didn’t use the correct antibiotics for an infection of the placenta.

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