CORRECTION: Local doctor placed on probation after accusations of sexual misconduct, negligence


This is a correction of a story published July 24, in which 17 News mistakenly stated Dr. Jason Helliwell was barred by state officials from continuing his practice for the next three years. Helliwell has instead been placed on probation with restrictions on certain medical practices for three and a half years, according to the Medical Board of California. 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The state medical board disciplined a local gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon accused of sexual misconduct and negligence by placing him on probation for three and a half years, effective Friday. 

Dr. Jason Helliwell – who runs Advanced Women’s Health Center in Northwest Bakersfield – was accused of mishandling the care of two patients and having sex with a third. 

The medical board filed a complaint in 2015, and the Department of Justice ordered the restrictions on Helliwell’s practice on June 29. 

He will be allowed to continue his practice, but with restrictions, according to officials. 

Helliwell is prohibited from practicing cosmetic surgery, with the exception of four procedures which include liposuction and vaginal reconstruction. 

The decision also requires a third party to be in the room while Helliwell treats female patients. 

When contacted by 17 News, Helliwell’s office said he had no comment on the board’s decision. 

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