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Doctors attorney denies patient allegations of inappropriate contact
Philip Marler
R. Philip Marler

A Gainesville doctor accused of inappropriate behavior during physical examinations has denied any wrongdoing, according to a response by his attorney.

R. Philip Marler, who worked at the Hall County Family Health Center, is the subject of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI’s help Dec. 12 regarding “allegations of inappropriate contact” at the health center, said GBI Region 8 Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams.

Marler’s attorney, Robert Rubin, said his client and his wife are “shocked by the complaint” and his client “adamantly denies doing anything improper during what was a cursory examination of this patient.”

“Dr. Marler has practiced medicine for over 40 years and has never had any disciplinary actions against him by the medical board or law enforcement agencies,” according to Rubin’s statement. “Further, Dr. Marler is a retired colonel in the Army Reserves who has been deployed four times. In all of his years in the Reserves, there has never been a complaint about Dr. Marler’s medical care.”

Hall County officials previously told The Times a decision was made to make a change in the position to err on the side of caution and protect employees. Marler provided medical care through a contractual relationship between The Longstreet Clinic, Healthwell Solutions and Hall County.

Rubin said Marler was not fired and did not retire from The Longstreet Clinic, as had been previously reported.

When the allegations surfaced in December, Healthwell Solutions and The Longstreet Clinic made the decision to “change the physician coverage” at the clinic, said the clinic’s human resources director, Jullie King.

In January 2015, Marler “transitioned his practice to the provision of medical care” for the Hall County clinic through a contractual relationship between The Longstreet Clinic and Healthwell Solutions, King said.

“Pending resolution of this issue, Dr. Marler will serve The Longstreet Clinic in an administrative role,” King said.

Healthwell Solutions did not respond to a call for comment Wednesday afternoon.