Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Doctor suspended in Canada for making sexual comments while examining female patients

Dr. Adekunle Williams Owolabi has been suspended for six months, by a disciplinary tribunal in Labrador West after he was found guilty of professional misconduct. He was found guilty on Monday of all four counts of professional misconduct after four female patients accused him of making sexual comments, and of inappropriate hugging and kissing.

He must complete training on appropriate doctor-patient boundaries, and pay $75,000 in hearing costs related to the investigation and disciplinary process. When he resumes practising, he must have a chaperone when seeing female patients for two years.

Dr. Elizabeth Mate, who is leading the disciplinary tribunal, said comments Owolabi made to one woman during a Pap test, asking if she "liked big ones or small ones,'' were "cavalier'' and "unprofessional.''

Owolabi had denied any wrongdoing during a six-day hearing earlier this year. In each of the four separate complaints, Owolabi, who graduated in 2000 as a general practitioner in Nigeria, was found to have shown a lack of respect for his patients constituting professional misconduct. He showed little emotion as the findings were read.

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