Mount Holly family doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients in his office

A family doctor in Mount Holly is accused of sexually assaulting two female patients during appointments at his practice in August and September.

The North Carolina Medical Board suspended Dr. Michael Alson Smith’s license to practice as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, board records show.

The board accuses Smith of having sexual contact “by force or coercion” with the patients in an exam room at his Mount Holly Family Practice on West Catawba Avenue, including sexual intercourse with one of the women. Smith was the lone doctor at the practice, according to the medical board.

He treated one of the women for chronic back pain, depressive disorder and schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type, according to the board’s order suspending his license. He treated the other woman for anxiety disorder and opioid dependence.

His “immoral and dishonorable conduct” prompted the suspension, the board says in its order.

Smith is listed as “inactive” on the medical board’s website. Smith could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. The phone at his practice appears to be disconnected.

Smith graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1986 and obtained his license to practice from the board in 1989, according to medical board documents.

The board has scheduled a hearing on its charges against Smith at 8 a.m. Dec. 14 at the board’s offices in Raleigh.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak